Knapp Fellowship
Application Process

The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 will be awarded each academic year.  Undergraduate and graduate students with one more semester may apply independently or with a group of students to design and create solutions that will make a significant difference in the lives of others. Awardees must work with the support and guidance of a faculty member on their research and action projects and  must be enrolled at GW for the full Academic Calendar year in which the award is being given in order to qualify as a candidate for the Knapp Fellowship.

Students who apply should demonstrate knowledge and innovative thinking about the issue or problem to be addressed.  Selection is at the discretion of the Provost, who reviews recommendations made by a committee of faculty and representatives from the Nashman Center. Once chosen, fellows work throughout the project with a faculty advisor who guides research on the issue, implementation of the proposal, ongoing reports, and assessments, and a final work of scholarship.

Applications for the Knapp Fellowship are downloadable here Knapp Fellowship 2018 Application . We recommend you submit your completed applications as a pdf document which includes all of your application materials. Proposals are due in Proposals January 12, 2018.  Good luck!

Applicants should contact Wendy Wagner at wagnerw@email.gwu.edu for any questions.


What makes a good application?

There are four main components of a successful proposal: filling out the application properly, developing a detailed project plan, balancing an air tight budget and summarizing the project in a strong executive summary. Please keep in mind that a strong application demonstrates a commitment to addressing problems of social inequity, innovation and sustainability. Additionally, be strategic in your use of additional documents, utilize them to demonstrate research of the problem to be addressed, prior relevant service experience, or data that might support the points of sustainability or innovation your project.

Filling out the Application – Applicants must thoroughly answer a series of questions about their project and field of research.

For an example of a completed application click on the link to the Financial Literacy.

Developing a detailed project plan – Applicants must also provide a clear project plan that maps out the purpose of the project and the timeline for executing the ideas in the project. The timeline must be sensible and well thought out in order to garner serious consideration from the commission.

Please click here for an example of a detailed project plan .

Balancing a Budget – A precise budget with accurate figures is vital for a successful Knapp Fellowship proposal. Students should provide close estimates for the costs of the items needed in the project. The expenses should be organized in the following categories: supplies & services, travel and staffing.

Please click here for an example of a balanced budget.

Executive Summary – This should be a comprehensive summary of the proposed project. A strong summary should speak to one of the key points of the fellowship selection criteria–dedication to addressing social inequity. It should also discuss your intended results in the short and long term, thus capturing how you can implement your project feasibly and sustainably.

Please click here for an example of an executive summary.

These are the main components to a successful proposal but be sure to read all of the instructions on the application carefully. Please keep in mind that, a successful project does not have to change the world, but be able to make a lasting, realistic and positive change.

Additionally, while completing your application timeline you may also want to consider the IPARDC process which outlines some of the steps to create a successful service project. These steps include:

  • Investigating community issues
  • Planning a project
  • Acting to address a problem
  • Reflecting on the experiences and the process
  • Demonstrating your work to a wider audience
  • Celebrating as appropriate

One key application component for this 2017-2018 selection year is that you must be enrolled at GW for the full Academic Calender year in order to qualify as a candidate for the Knapp Fellowship.

Thank you for applying and we look forward to seeing your application soon!