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Deadline: 02/24/2024 (Tentative)

Perry World House is seeking applications from rising Penn sophomores, juniors and seniors for its 2023-2024 class of World House Student Fellows. This competitive program is intended for undergraduate students from any school or department who have demonstrated a serious interest in exploring global affairs in depth during their time at Penn. World House Student Fellows will participate in a series of seminars, projects, and activities oriented around critical global inquiry. They will receive unparalleled access to, and direct interaction with, faculty and distinguished visitors, along with unique opportunities and activities oriented around global affairs. Between new and returning fellows, we plan to have a class around 30 students for the 2023-2024 academic year.

What the program will offer:

Core experiences

The World House Student Fellows Program will offer students leadership opportunities and the chance to tackle global issues through four different types of engagement:

  • Policy Project: Directed by faculty and staff, fellows will work in teams on a year-long project. Each group will develop a policy-relevant research question linked to the themes and priorities of the Global Innovation Program, the think tank wing of Perry World House. The group will explore this topic over the course of the year under the guidance of World House postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and visiting fellows. At the end of the academic year, each group will present its work to policymakers, practitioners, and affiliated Perry World House faculty and scholars. This research will also be published, as appropriate, by Perry World House. Check out our website to learn more about last year’s projects.
  • Unique access to faculty and visitors: World House Student Fellows will explore and analyze pressing global issues in regular seminars facilitated by Perry World House faculty, staff, and visitors. These seminars will also be used to teach students skills to translate research into policy-relevant output.
  • Research and career mentorship: World House Student Fellows will receive research mentoring from affiliated faculty and/or visiting scholars, postdocs, or distinguished visitors. Hands-on collaboration with experts will hone research and critical thinking skills. Thesis research and internship funding may be available on a competitive basis to students working in areas related to Global Innovation Program priorities. Exclusive career development events with alumni and other guests will also be held during the year, including two field-learning experiences visiting organizations in New York City during the fall semester, and Washington, D.C. in the spring. All World House Student Fellows will also learn how to produce and publish various types of products aimed at influencing government, international, and/or NGO policy communities in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Special Events: World House Fellows will have preferential access to small-group conversations with World House Distinguished Visiting Fellows and guest speakers over the course of their fellowship.

Additional opportunities

While the World House Student Fellows program is intended primarily to offer student leadership, research, mentoring, and publication opportunities, it also seeks to build the community of students interested in international affairs. Thus, a range of unique professional and social opportunities will be made available to World House Student Fellows, some of which will be added to the program throughout the year based on student interest and institutional capacity. Each class will have an orientation at the start of the school year. The fellows will also participate in an annual to Washington, D.C. in the spring, and New York City, in the fall, to meet with policymakers, alumni, and academics. Finally, there may be opportunities for funding for thesis research and/or summer internships for those Student Fellows with demonstrated engagement in the program over time.


Fellows are expected to be full participants in all elements of the Fellowship experience and will spend around 4-5 hours per week involved in the program, on average. This time would include meetings with faculty/visitors, project meetings, research, and other activities at Perry World House. The goal of the World House Student Fellows Program is to complement students’ existing academic experiences at Penn by adding further elements of interactive global inquiry. Becoming a Student Fellow is a one-year commitment with potential to renew based on your performance in the program and continued interest.


This program is open to any student that will be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the University of Pennsylvania at the beginning of the fall 2022 semester.

Application Instructions:

The application deadline is February 24th, 2023. For the full details and to apply, please click here:


Research Offering Type

Internship, Research Assistant



Undergraduate School

College, Engineering, LPS, Nursing, Wharton



Contact Information

Michael C. Horowitz

Professor of Political Science

Interim Director, Perry World House

University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-898-6155