FellowshipsFellowship Information

Fellowship Information

A structured and immersive experience.

SNF Paideia Fellows are a select group of undergraduate students committed to developing the knowledge, skills, and values needed for effective, ethical, and civil dialogue in a diverse world. Fellows develop a small, close-knit, and academically diverse scholarly community over the course of their three years (sophomore – senior year) in the program. Far from being insular, the Fellows community constantly looks to connect and converse with other entities at Penn and beyond, pursuing integration where there is fragmentation.

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Students may apply or be nominated for an SNF Paideia Fellowship in the spring semester of their first year.

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An integrated, holistic education.

The SNF Paideia Fellowship Program is a unique, three-year program that bridges students’ academic interests with experiential development of skills essential to becoming an engaged global citizen. Those who successfully complete the SNF Paideia Fellows Program will receive an SNF Paideia Certificate and recognition on their transcription.

What our Fellows are saying

Through the Fellows proseminar, I began to dive into the world of impact investing and realized the possibility to combine my career interest in finance and my passion for civic engagement, social justice, and environmental awareness. I never expected the SNF Paideia Fellows program to clarify the internal conflict I was having with my professional interests, but it did that and more. With guidance from the proseminar instructors, I discovered the intersection of business and social impact and now have a clearer sense of my path forward.

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Angelina Oh
College of Arts and Sciences, 2023

Unique Opportunities for Fellows


Apply the theory and practice of dialogue in courses and co-curricular Fellowship activities to cultivate citizenship, enhance effective service, and nourish individual and community wellness at Penn and beyond.


Build community with a diverse network of students, faculty, and staff from all 12 Penn Schools. Reap the benefits of intentional peer mentoring by advanced SNF Paideia Fellows.


Apply for financial support for a summer internship that is related to SNF Paideia program themes. Funding could cover a stipend and housing costs while completing an internship (typically the summer after junior year).


Cultivate your voice and leadership skills through writing and speaking opportunities available to SNF Paideia Fellows.


Develop and execute your unique vision to integrate your academic interests with dialogue, citizenship, service, and wellness supported by up to $4,000 in grant funds, available to each Fellow each year of the program.


Refine your vision for your Penn education through personalized advising from SNF Paideia faculty and staff.

Structure of the Program


Enroll in two half-credit, Fellows-only proseminars in the fall semester of the sophomore and junior years. Proseminars are academic courses that examine the scholarship of dialogue, citizenship, service, and wellness. Course work provides opportunities for students to integrate the course content with their own academic, personal, and professional goals, laying the foundation for their SNF Paideia capstone project.


Take an additional three Paideia designated courses, chosen to match individual Fellow’s intellectual interests and academic schedule. Fellows will take at least one SNF Paideia designated course by the end of sophomore year. SNF Paideia designated courses will be noted on a student’s transcript.

Capstone Project

Complete a senior capstone project that integrates a Fellow’s major with civic dialogue, service, and/or wellness. This can be completed as part of the Capstone Project requirements of a student’s major. Paideia staff will advise each Fellow to tailor the goals and expectations to align with major requirements, academic interests, and dialogue and civic engagement goals.