Graduate Associates

Perry World House's Graduate Associates Program is for all graduate students, from any school or department, who have demonstrated a serious interest in exploring world affairs in depth during their time at Penn. 

This competitive program is intended for students who want to complement their engagement in global affairs within a vibrant community of scholars, students, and visitors, while also developing professional skills relevant to shaping policy. Students who complete the program receive a modest stipend for their participation. We have opened a new round of applications for the class of 2021-22 to allow one-year students the chance to apply - click here to apply by September 24, 2021.

What the Graduate Associates Program offers

  • Monthly Seminar: Graduate Associates are required to participate in a monthly seminar centered on developing skills for engaging the policy community. Examples of potential seminar topics include: policy memo writing, the art of briefing, how to publish in the policy space, interacting with the media, how government budgets work, and more.
  • Publish Works: Graduate Associates are expected to produce either a publishable piece, preferably an op-ed, or a presentation on a policy issue during the academic year. PWH works with graduate students to assist in editing and the placement of published works.
  • Support for further publishing: In addition, feedback and editing support is available should a Graduate Associate wish to pursue larger writing projects.
  • Mentoring by PWH Visiting Fellows and Guests: Graduate Associates have access to small-group conversations and office hours with Perry World House Distinguished Visiting Fellows and guest speakers over the course of their associateship. Click here to learn more about our Visiting Fellows.
  • Community Building and Networking: A range of unique professional and social opportunities are made available to Graduate Associates to network with other Penn and Philadelphia students interested in global affairs and policymaking.
  • Preferential Access to PWH Events and Programs: Graduate Associates gain preferential access to PWH events and programs through a special mailing list and targeted invitations.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit an application that includes:

  1. A CV/resume;
  2. A 500-word statement of interest that explains why you want to join the program;
  3. A 500-word statement of interest that explains what you wish to write about and how it relates to either of Perry World House’s research themes; and
  4. (Ph.D. students only) A 1-2 page research statement that explains your academic interests and ongoing research. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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