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Knapp Fellowship Application Deadline

Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 11:59pm (ET)


Registration ClosesJan 18, 2019 11:59pm or when space runs out.
Deadline for Knapp Fellowship Applications is 11:59 pm January 18. 2019 please upload your application to this page. We encourage everyone to apply. Application at link please upload all documents and supporting materials as one file:

Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp established the Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning at The George Washington University to recognize, reward, and facilitate creative public service and academic engagement. Selected undergraduate or graduate students design and implement entrepreneurial service-learning projects that make a significant difference in the lives of others. Selected Knapp Fellows work with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and a faculty member advisor to implement projects in collaboration with other students and/or community partners.

One or more Knapp Fellowship awards, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 are distributed annually. Knapp Fellows also receive professional development opportunities, preparing them to work with community partners and/or faculty members who are subject experts. Additionally, faculty advisors may receive funding for their role as advisors to selected Fellow(s).


The Knapp Fellowship program includes two components: a scholarly research portion and the design and implementation of a social entrepreneurship service project. Fellowship projects are conducted over the course of an academic year (beginning in summer or fall to no later than June 30th of the following year). Fellows sign a work-plan and time agreement upon acceptance of their award. In order to receive final payment, the work of scholarship must be submitted and approved. Submission of periodic reports, as well as receipts and invoices from expenses related to the project is required.

Component 1: Academic Scholarship

At the time of application, applicants must have established a partnership with a faculty member who will serve as the academic advisor to the project. At the completion of the Fellowship, the Fellow will submit a 3000-word (8-10 pages) or equivalent work of scholarship (e.g. multimedia piece, presentation, or performance) examining the issue(s) the project is designed to address and the outcomes of the project. This work of scholarship must be submitted within the duration of this project’s agreed upon timeline.

Component 2: Entrepreneurial Service Project

The service project must be related to the academic work above and must implement an innovative solution to a critical problem. The academic work may, for example, be a program evaluation, an exploration of the issue, or a plan to scale up the program. Fellows will also be required to submit periodic project updates and assessment to the Nashman Center, which may be published on the Center’s website and in other media.


GW undergraduate or graduate students with at least one more semester of study are eligible for consideration. Students must be enrolled at GW for the full academic year in which the award is being given. Eligible proposals may include partnerships with non-profit or government organizations (federal, state, or local).


Selection for the Knapp Fellowship is a multi-stage process. Applicants submit an initial written proposal for review. Applicants may be selected to advance to a second round of review, which requires a 10-minute presentation of their project for a review panel. Detailed instructions for the presentation are issued upon notice that applicants are being considered for the second review.

Criteria for Selection

1. Quality of proposed project (should constitute substantial, feasible, and innovative contribution to the issue being addressed or program being enhanced)

2. Evidence that the proposed project addresses a critical need or socioeconomic disparity

3. Evidence of knowledge and commitment to relevant social issues or programs

4. Evidence of prior ability to oversee successful, sustainable projects and create works of scholarship


Deadline: January 18, 2019 11:59 pm


All materials must be submitted by the deadline for consideration. Only complete applications submitted by the stated deadline will be reviewed by the Nashman Center’s committee of faculty and staff.


Location: 2121 I St NW, Washington, DC 20052