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Frequently Asked Questions​

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​Who is eligible for the William Penn Fellowship?

Applicants must have obtained a master's level or higher degree between December 2013 and August 2017. Please refer to the Eligibility page for details.


​Do I have to be a current or former PA resident?

​No. However, you must be eligible for legal employment in the United States and have a Social Security Number.

​Does my degree need to be from a Pennsylvania college or university?

​No. 

​How long is the fellowship program?

​The fellowship program is two years. Fellows will spend three to six months in the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) to become oriented to state government operations prior to their assignment to a specific agency.

​What is the selection process and timeline?

  • August 1 - October 21, 2016 – Application Period
  • November 2 - November 8, 2016 – Phone Interviews 
  • November 9, 2016 - Finalist Selections Announced
  • November 29, 2016 - Finalist Event in Harrisburg
  • November 30, 2016 – Final Interviews
  • December 2016- Final Selections Announced
  • July 31, 2017 – Fellowship Begins

Please refer to the Selection Process and Calendar for additional details.


​Do I need to be of the same political party as the current administration?

​No. We are looking from a diverse group of candidates with a variety of beliefs in order to gain new perspectives on solving today’s needs.

​How do I apply?

Fellowship candidates must complete an online application. Please refer to the Apply page for additional details. 


​I am a non-U.S. citizen who wishes to apply to the William Penn Fellowship program, but I do not have a Social Security Number to use for the application. How can I apply?

​You must be eligible for legal employment in the United States. Currently, we are unable to accept applicants without a Social Security Number.

​What transcripts do I need to provide?

​To apply, you must submit an unofficial transcript from your graduate school along with your application. You will be asked to provide an official, final transcript if offered a fellowship position.

​If I am selected for the final round of interviews in Harrisburg, will my travel expenses be covered?

​Travel expenses will include one night lodging and a travel stipend.

​Do I have to complete the entire application in one sitting?

​No. The online application will periodically save your progress. You can log out and return to the application later to continue working. 

​What happens at the end of the two-year William Penn Fellowship program?

​Fellows may be offered a full-time position with a state agency. However, a job offer is not guaranteed at the end of the two-year fellowship.   

​Do fellows receive compensation?

​Yes. Fellows will be paid an annual salary of $61,399.

​Are fellows eligible for health benefits?

​Yes. Fellows will be eligible for health benefits from the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF) as full-time employees.

​Does the fellowship provide housing?

​No, housing is not included in the benefits of this program.

​Who can I contact with questions? 

You can use the Contact Us page to ask questions.