Public Service Fellowships

About the Fellowship Program

The Maguire Center, with financial assistance from the Irby Family Foundation, awards summer fellowships to SMU students who wish to devote time to public service or research in the field of ethics.

Over the past 20 years, we have awarded summer fellowship stipends totaling $382,000 to 171 SMU students for public service and research in ethics. We have supported volunteers in more than 150 agencies across 18 states, 25 countries, and 5 continents.

For a complete listing of past fellowship placements, click here.

Check out The Maguire Center Blog for Fellowship Spotlights from last summer!


Lives: Touch Others, Change Yours

SMU Public Service Fellows have volunteered in a vast number of diverse internship placements.  Through such opportunities, students gain concrete information about others' needs, as well as differing perspectives on how to resolve them. In the process, they draw on their university education and personal talent, honing skills as leaders and gaining both humility and self-confidence. The goal of the Fellowship is to enable students to engage in public service where financial circumstances might not otherwise allow.

Please visit the Internship Guidelines page to learn more about the Public Service Fellowship program and to apply.


The 2018 Public Service Fellowship Application window is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2019 when the application window will re-open.


2017 Maguire Public Service Fellows


Undergraduate Students

Antoine Mellon, Class of 2019

Project: Volunteering at Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi, a nature reserve in Bolivia, to work with animals that have been victims of animal trafficking.

Angela Wang, Class of 2018

Project: Serving and conducting anthropological research of the ethics behind graduated eye care costs in Chennai, India.


Graduate Students

Justin Barringer, Class of 2020, Ph.D. Divinity Candidate

Project: Volunteering with Open Table Nashville, an organization that helps to house and support low-income and homeless individuals in a sustainable way.

Megan Bartrum, Class of 2020, Ph.D. Medical Anthropology Candidate

Project: Analysis of the Brazilian Zika response and the Pan-American Health Organization's ethical mission statement guiding countries' responses. 

Megan Brown, Class of 2021, Ph.D. Medical Anthropology Candidate 

Project: Exploring environmental advocacy and community values through an anthropological evaluation with the Trinity River Audobon Society.

Jordan Goldstein, Class of 2021, Ph.D. Medical Anthropology Candidate 

Project: Volunteering with The Hive, a grassroots mutual support network and innovative alternative to public mental health services, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Maggie Inhofe, Class of 2018, M.A. Design and Innovation Candidate

Project: Developing a kit with Dwell Earth that will allow individuals in rural communities to construct houses and small buildings without formal training or previous experience.

Delanie Linden, Class of 2018, M.A. Art History Candidate 

Project: Researching Rococo art and exploring the eighteenth-century rift of ethics and morality in various archives and libraries in France.


2015 Maguire Public Service Fellows

Pictured above: Maguire Center benefactor Cary Maguire with the 2015 Public Service Fellows