The Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning

The Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning originated in a 2010 endowment that makes it possible for exceptional GW students to combine scholarship with action to change the world. 


“Our hope is that this award will help students make a difference.   Since arriving at George Washington three years ago, we have been struck by our students’ passion for changing the world and by the imaginative and intellectually serious way in which they harness that passion by developing concrete, innovative projects.” - Former President Steven Knapp

The award is a catalyst for new ideas and a way for students to turn their education into action. GW students have a strong track record for turning their ideas into action. Examples include:


Undergraduate and graduate students with one more semester may apply independently or with a group of students to design and create solutions that will make a significant difference in the lives of others.


The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 will be awarded each academic year.

Awardees must work with the support and guidance of a faculty member on their research and action projects.

Students who apply should demonstrate knowledge and innovative thinking about the issue or problem to be addressed.  Selection is at the discretion of the Provost, who reviews recommendations made by a committee of faculty and representatives from the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

Once chosen, fellows work throughout the project with a faculty advisor who guides research on the issue, implementation of the proposal, ongoing reports and assessments, and a final work of scholarship.


For questions about the Knapp Fellowship for mentorship with your idea contact Wendy Wagner at


Deadlines and additional information can be found on the Knapp Fellowship website


Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate


  • Multiple


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Public Service
  • Research
  • Undergraduate


  • DC

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