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Frequently Asked Questions

 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?


 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.