Graduate Associates

Call For Applications: Perry World House is seeking applications from graduate students for its 2018-19 class of Graduate Associates. 


The deadline for this program was 1 Sep. 2018.  We are no longer accepting applications. 

Please stay tuned in the spring term for our next call for applications.

This competitive program is intended 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 program is 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 will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation in this program.

What the program will offer:

The core elements of this program include:

  • Monthly Seminar: Program participants 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 two publishable short-form articles during the 2018-19 academic year. PWH will work with graduate students to assist in editing and the placement of published works. See here, here, and here for examples of short-form articles.

  • Opportunity for further publishing: In addition to publishing two blog-length articles, special additional stipends are available should a Graduate Associate wish to pursue larger writing projects. Examples of such projects include: policy reports, conference summaries, and policy articles.

  • Mentoring by PWH Visiting Fellows and Guests: Graduate Associates will 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. In addition, over the course of the semester, each Graduate Associate will have a one-on-one meeting with a visiting fellow for career advice. Click here to learn more about our Visiting Fellows.

  • Community Building and Networking: A range of unique professional and social opportunities will be 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 will gain preferential access to PWH events and programs through a special mailing list and targeted invitations.

The goal of the program is to complement students’ existing academic experiences at Penn by adding further interactive global inquiry and developing the professional skills required to bridge the gap and influence policy. The Graduate Associates Program is intended for about 20-25 students who seek a deep, writing- and discussion-based engagement with Perry World House.

Eligibility and Application Details:  

All graduate students, from any Penn school, are eligible 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). (PhD students only) A 1-2 page research statement that explains your academic interests and ongoing research - please attach this research statement as an "Additional Document."

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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