Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning


“Our hope is that this award will help students make a difference.   Since arriving at GW, 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.”

— President Emeritus Stephen Knapp

The Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning has been established at the George Washington University by Steven Knapp and Diane Robinson Knapp to recognize, reward, and facilitate creative public service and academic engagement. GW undergraduate and graduate students may apply independently or with a group of students and are selected to design and implement entrepreneurial service-learning projects. Chosen fellows work with the Nashman Center and may work with other students or community partners to execute a project that makes a significant difference to the lives of others. Additionally, fellows must 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.

The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementations with up to $10,000 in award per academic year.  Selection is at the discretion of the Provost, who reviews recommendations made by a committee of faculty and representatives from the Nashman Center.

Deadlines and Dates to Remember

GW undergraduate and graduate students, working individually or in teams, are encouraged to apply.

  • Step 1: Contact Wendy Wagner for an initial advising meeting at [email protected] 
  • Step 2: Submit a proposal by Monday, May 24th, 2021
  • Step 3: Finalists are contacted and prepare presentations to a review panel
  • Step 4: Selected Knapp Fellows implement their scholarly work and community project in the 2021/2022 academic year


Previous Knapp Fellows

Application Process