September 2020:  Given the uncertainty and risks related to the Covid pandemic, Princeton ReachOut 56-81-06 has suspended its fellowship program for one year.  The program has always been oriented toward hands-on service projects, which are not feasible in the current environment.  It would be difficult for Princeton seniors to create (and sponsoring organizations to commit to) projects that fit our usual guidelines. 


If circumstances allow, we plan to open the application process in the fall of 2021 to both graduating seniors of the class of 2022 and graduates from the class of 2021 (who did not have the opportunity to apply in their senior year).  We plan to offer up to four fellowships to the expanded applicant pool for the 2022-2023 program year.  This site will be updated with current guidelines and deadlines before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester.


The Fellowship Program, spearheaded by '56, '81 and '06, annually sponsors two Princeton graduates with Fellowships of $35,000 each. The Fellows work for the year following their graduation on socially-significant projects they have researched and chosen.


For domestic Fellowships, the candidate and a sponsoring organization create a mutually beneficial project.  Candidates for the 1956 ReachOut International Fellowships may design a project to be performed anywhere in the world, with or without a sponsoring organization.


In the spring, we introduce the opportunities to juniors, and meet with interested students the following fall.  Applications are submitted in early January, interviews held in February, and decisions announced soon thereafter.  


Our Fellowships are made possible by donations which support these dedicated, skilled, and energetic young people in achieving their dreams of improving lives around the world. Their experiences will stay with them for life.  Current students interested in applying for our fellowships should review the Application Information and Requirements.

Alumni interested in supporting this program or joining the fellowship committee should contact Jean Telljohann '81, Jim Freund '56, or Tracy Pogue '81 for more information.


You have chosen wonderful students who exemplify the Princeton motto. The classes have every reason to be proud of this project, which provides recognition and opportunity for students who have been committed to public service."

Shirley Tilghman,

Princeton President


I know that I wouldn't be the person I am today without the ReachOut fellowship and my time in Palestine.  My decision to take this position [at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation] was an extension of that experience; it is another way for me to live out my commitment to service and social justice."

Clare Herceg,

Princeton '11


I attribute much of my success to the opportunity I was given by ReachOut 56-81, and consider myself incredibly fortunate to have received a fellowship."

Katie Grim,

Princeton '04

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