An interconnected education.
The SNF Paideia Fellowship Program is tailored to help students connect their general education and major requirements to public engagement and community building through meaningful dialogue across difference.
Foster the practice of robust and respectful civil dialogue across a wide range of political, social, and cultural differences within the Penn experience.
Support students as they integrate their public roles as citizens into their academic, personal, and professional lives in healthy, sustainable, and fulfilling ways.
Provide and highlight curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to acquire the tools to effectively contribute to their local, national, and global communities.
From Our Executive Director
Paideia can help all of us navigate these times of polarization and disagreement, reflect on how to best engage with others, and build skills for interacting with people who are different than ourselves.
Structure of the Program
Seminars for Fellows
Participate in a sophomore year and junior year proseminar designed to build skills and community among the Fellows.
Take three Paideia designated courses focusing on relevant aspects of dialogue across difference, public service, and personal and social wellness.
Complete a senior capstone project that integrates a Fellow’s major with civic dialogue, service, and/or wellness.
Hear from current SNF Paideia Fellows
Four sophomores from the inaugural class of SNF Paideia Fellows shared their experience of the Program during a recent New Student Orientation preceptorial. Watch the video recap to learn how you can develop the skills and knowledge to help solve contemporary issues through dialogue aimed to build community wellness, service and citizenship. Hear from current SNF Paideia Fellows to find out if our three year fellowship program is for you. The opportunity to apply to be an SNF Paideia Fellow starts in early February and is open to first-year students at Penn.Read More