Fellowships to deepen the experience.

Beginning in sophomore year, SNF Paideia Fellowships provide the opportunity for select cohorts of Penn undergraduates to more fully integrate wellness, service, citizenship, and dialogue through a structured combination of academic courses, co-curricular events, and hands-on experiences.

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Fellowship Information

An interconnected education.

The Paideia Fellowship Program is tailored to help students connect their general education and major requirements to public engagement and community building.

Mentoring Students

Support students as they integrate their public roles as citizens into their academic, personal, and professional lives in healthy, sustainable, and fulfilling ways.

Creating Opportunities

Provide and highlight curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to acquire the tools to effectively contribute to their local, national, and global communities.

Facilitating Dialogues

Cultivate the practice of robust and respectful civil dialogue with others across a wide range of political, social, and cultural differences.

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.

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Leah Seppanen Anderson
SNF Paideia Executive Director and co-instructor for SNF Paideia Fellows Proseminar Course

Structure of the Program


Participate in a sophomore year and junior year seminar 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

Capstone Project

Complete a senior capstone project that integrates a Fellow’s major with civic dialogue, service, and/or wellness.

Meet with an advisor.

Students may apply or be nominated for an SNF Paideia Fellowship in the spring semester of their first year. Students who have questions may meet with a SNF Paideia staff member to discuss the program.  

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