Public Service Fellowships










What is the Maguire Public Service Fellowship?

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 ethics research. Over the past 20 years, we have awarded summer fellowship stipends totaling over $400,000 to nearly 200 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.

Maguire 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. Drawing on their university education and personal talent, Fellows hone their skills and gain both humility and self-confidence to become bold, curious and creative leaders. The goal of the Fellowship is to enable students to engage in public service where financial circumstances might not otherwise allow.

Public Service Fellows Receive:

  • 200+ Summer Hours
  • $2,000 for Undergraduates
  • $2,400 for Graduate Students
  • Multiple opportunities to share their work with the public
  • Support from faculty mentors and Maguire Ethics Center staff

Who Can Apply?

All full-time SMU undergraduate and graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible to apply. Students must be returning to campus for the fall 2024 semester. Fellows must complete at least 200 hours of service during the course of the project.

Applications are Due March 4, 2024!

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