To be considered eligible for the William Penn Fellowship, applicants must have obtained a master's or equivalent or higher degree between December 2013 and August 2017.
In addition to the educational requirement, selection as a William Penn Fellow is based on a combination of the following:
- Established excellence in academics and/or professional achievement
- Proven leadership ability and potential for further growth
- Demonstrated commitment to public service
- Evidence of effective teamwork and working well with others
Applicants may also be considered if they have successfully completed military service or long-term public service work with an organization such as AmeriCorps, Teach for America or the Peace Corps. Other service will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All applicants are chosen without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or political affiliation.