Deadline Extended for 2021-22 Cohort of Graduate Associates

June 30, 2021
By Perry World House

Perry World House is seeking applications from Penn graduate students for its 2021-2022 class of Graduate Associates. This competitive program is open to 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 who complete the program will receive a modest stipend for their participation.

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 2021-22 academic year. PWH will work 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 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. 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.


All graduate students, from any Penn school, and CURRENT graduate associates are eligible to apply.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Associate, submit an application that includes the following:

  • A CV/resume;
  • A 500-word statement of interest that explains why you want to join the program;
  • 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
  • (Ph.D. students only) A 1-2 page research statement that explains your academic interests and ongoing research. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a $1,000 stipend.

The deadline has been extended to July 16, 2021. To apply, click here:

General Information

The University of Pennsylvania is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse community at Penn (for more information see: 

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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