Knapp Fellowship
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service Learning?

The Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning has been established at the George Washington University by Steven Knapp and Diane Robinson Knapp to recognize, reward, and facilitate creative public service and academic engagement. GW undergraduate or graduate students are selected to design and implement entrepreneurial service-learning projects. Fellows work with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, a faculty member and may work with other students or community partners to execute a project that makes a significant difference to the lives of others.

What does the Knapp Fellowship do?

The Knapp Fellowship provides GW students with the opportunity to enact a project they have designed, while in collaboration with a faculty advisor.

How much is the Knapp Fellowship?

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. It is the provost’s discretion how to allocate the funding among potential applicants any given year.

Can I be a graduating senior and apply?

You must be enrolled at GW for the full Academic Calender year in order to qualify as a candidate for the Knapp Fellowship. Which means If you are applying the Spring of 2017 you must still be in school or enrolled until Spring of 2018.

When can I apply for the fellowship?

The deadline for applying for the fellowship is January 31st, 2017 for the 2017-18 fellowship cycle.

How do I apply for the fellowship?

You can apply for the fellowship either by submitting a paper application or by submitting an online application here.  You may contact Wendy Wagner ( for questions pertaining to the Knapp Fellowship application. You can submit paper applications to the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service located on 837 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC.

Can groups apply for the fellowship?

Yes, both individuals and groups may apply for the fellowship.

What is the work of scholarship requirement?

Fellows are required to write a 3000-word (8-10 pages) or equivalent work of scholarship (multimedia, presentation, performance, etc…) 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. For example if the project begins in the fall of 2014, the work of scholarship must be submitted no later than July 30th, 2015.

 Can I apply for the award on behalf of a student org?

Yes, both individuals and groups, including student orgs may apply for the fellowship.