Knapp Fellowship Application Process

The Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning supports one or more projects each year, up to $10,000. Selection of Knapp Fellows is at the discretion of the Provost, who reviews recommendations made by a committee of Nashman Center staff and Nashman Affiliate Faculty.  


To be considered, students submit a written proposal for review. Finalists prepare proposal presentations and respond to questions from the review panel of faculty and staff. The Nashman Center provides coaching and support to students during the application process. Students are also encouraged to strengthen their proposals through consultation with faculty advisors and local community organizations/members.  


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

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. 



  • Knapp Fellows must be enrolled at GW as an undergraduate or graduate student during the full academic year of their Fellowship. As such, graduating seniors are not able to apply.  
  • Projects may be proposed by individual students or student teams.  
  • Students have successfully proposed projects from a wide range of disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, digital media, and engineering. Students from all of GW’s programs and departments are encouraged to apply.  
  • Students interested in applying should contact Wendy Wagner at [email protected] for an advising meeting and the application materials. 


Successful Proposals 


The Knapp Fellowship criteria are closely tied to the core values of Community Engaged Scholarship. Briefly, this work should involve all of the following: 

  • Conducting scholarly work. The project should clearly involve academic work in the students’ field/major. Depending on one’s discipline, this could mean research, creative work, cultural analysis, or product design. 
  • Addressing a real community need. The project must have beneficial results for a local community, as well as the public benefit that arises from quality scholarship.  
  • Collaborating with the community. The local community organizations or community members who would be affected by the project should be consulted in the early stages of planning, so their knowledge and experience can inform the design of the project. 
  • Disseminating what was learned. Definitional to scholarly work is that what was learned is shared. In Community Engaged Scholarship, these findings should be shared with the local community involved in the project, as well as academic or public audiences.


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