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 dialogue across a wide range of political, social, and cultural differences within the Penn experience.
Integrate the public roles of citizens with one’s 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 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 designed to integrate students’ personal, professional, and civic development through the lens of dialogue across difference.
Complete a senior capstone project that integrates a Fellow’s major with civic dialogue, service, and/or wellness.
Apply for fellows-only internship funding or financial support for academic or community engagement that relates to the mission of SNF Paideia.
A time to celebrate for inaugural SNF Paideia Fellows
The first cohort of fellows graduates, taking with them the pillars of the SNF Paideia Program—dialogue, citizenship, service, and wellness—on their next life adventures.Read More
Nominate a first-year student for a fellowship.
Faculty and staff may nominate a student for an SNF Paideia Fellowship. Once we receive the nomination, we will send an email to the student inviting them to apply. Applications are due January 30, 2023 and February 27, 2023. Please submit your nomination early to allow ample time for the nominee to submit an application.