Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics for Senior Undergraduates

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics invites applications from Santa Clara University senior undergraduates for the Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics. The fellowships are for the duration of senior year and have a stipend of $4,000. Fellowship selections for the next school year are made by the end of the Spring Quarter. While the number of Fellowships may change, for the last years three Fellowships have been awarded annually.

The goal of the Hackworth Fellowships is to have Fellows promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers. In order to pursue this goal, Fellows are expected either to develop their own programs in an area of interest to them or to work with existing programs at the center. These programs can be on as wide a range of topics and use as wide a range of methods as are of interest to each Fellow.

For instance, a Fellow might pursue a program for the year that involves organizing regular meetings of students to discuss topics in fields like technology and ethics or medical ethics or business ethics. Or a student might pursue a program for the year that involves working within the Residential Learning Communities on various topics of ethical concern. Or a student might already be involved in an activity group at SCU and as a Fellow might pursue a program involving more sustained reflection on the ethical values at issue in the activity group's focus. Similarly, Fellows might pursue projects using a wide range of methods including blogs, debating, writing, Webcasts, photography, video, film, etc.

Previous Hackworth Fellowship Projects include:

These examples of projects and of methods are not meant to suggest or limit what Fellows' projects might be. They are only meant to give some sense of the possibilities for the Fellowships.

During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows are expected to spend 5 hours a week on Fellowship activities. Fellows are also expected, when possible, to participate in Ethics Center events. Some preparatory work may be required of Fellows during the summer before senior year. Fellows should expect to spend one to two days just before the start of the school year in an orientation session.

Applications for the Hackworth Fellowships are available at the link provided below. Students should provide along with the application a one-page statement of areas of interest and/or ideas for projects that might be pursued during their year as a Hackworth Fellow.

One letter of recommendation is required from a faculty member.

Students must also submit a transcript. Transfer students need to provide a transcript from their previous college or university as well as their SCU transcript.

The Fellowship is open to students from all majors. However, a demonstrated interest in ethics is a significant factor in favor of an applicant.

Applications for the Fellowships are due by 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Ethics Center in the Arts and Sciences Building. Interviews will take place in the following weeks. Final decisions for the Fellowship will be made shortly after.

Hackworth Fellows are selected by a committee including faculty members of the Steering Committee of the Ethics Center and the Dean of Student Life.

The Hackworth Fellowships are supported by a gift from Michael and Joan Hackworth.

Please address any questions to David DeCosse, Director of Campus Ethics Programs, at

Application (pdf)

Video Presentation

A Hackworth Fellow Talks About Her Project

Windows Media

New Materials

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