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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 1956 ReachOut International Fellowship
The 1956 ReachOut International Fellowship is funded through the generosity of a member of the Class of 1956, whose Canadian-based family foundation has committed to supporting a $35,000 annual award. Like the ReachOut 56-81-06 Domestic Fellowship, it is open to Princeton seniors who commit to spend their first post-graduation year performing a public interest project. It differs, however, from the traditional Fellowship in the following respects:
The 1956 ReachOut International Fellowship can be performed anywhere in the world (including the U.S.).
The 1956 ReachOut International Fellowship does not require affiliation with a sponsoring organization, although generally the infrastructure, local contacts, and expertise of a sponsoring organization have been valuable to past fellows.
The 1956 ReachOut International Fellowship gives special consideration to innovative and entrepreneurial projects (see below under “Criteria for Selection”).
With the 1956 ReachOut International Fellowship, there is a potential for extension of the project beyond one year, if the project’s significance and viability is found to justify longer-range support.
Criteria for Selection:
In addition to the criteria listed under the ReachOut 56-81-06 Domestic Fellowship (except that a sponsoring organization is not required), the 1956 ReachOut International Fellowship gives special weight to projects of social significance that are innovative, creative and/or entrepreneurial. Also considered, where applicable, is the potential sustainability of the project beyond the life of the Fellowship, whether by extension of the Fellowship or otherwise.
ReachOut 56-81-06 Domestic & International Fellowships
Mr. Jim Freund ’56, tel: (917) 856-5846
Ms. Tracy Pogue '81, tel: (646) 228-2699
Princeton Seniors may apply online using the Princeton University Global Programs System (GPS) site.
Candidates may apply for either of the two Fellowships, or, if the proposed project meets the requirements of each, a single application can be made for both of them. Applications are due by TBA.
Anyone interested in applying for either of the Fellowships is encouraged to e-mail one of the advisers listed above as early as possible with a description of your potential project and any questions you may have about crafting a viable proposal. The board of ReachOut works closely with interested students to provide feedback. Any proposal drafts submitted to Ms. Jean Telljohann '81, by TBA, will be reviewed by a second board member and returned with comments.
Please follow the format outlined below for submitting your application. It consists of three parts. Please mark each section clearly. Please contact the ReachOut alumni adviser with any questions.
Interview date: TBA. In-person interviews are an important part of ReachOut's selection process. An applicant who anticipates being unable to attend the interviews should contact the ReachOut Adviser as soon as possible in order to discuss an alternate method of conducting the interview.
I. Cover Sheet.
The cover sheet should be no more than one page and should include the following sections.
Applicant name and concentration at Princeton. Include any certificates you expect to receive at graduation.
Title of Proposed Project. The title of the project should be brief and should easily allow a reader to understand the nature of your proposal.
Affiliations. Name of organization(s), if any, that you propose to affiliate with, together with the name, title, contact information of the person or persons with whom you have spoken or corresponded, and website, if applicable.
Abstract. A 50-100 word concise abstract of your project.
II. Proposal Narrative.
Provide a detailed narrative in the range of 5 -8 pages explaining your project. Please include the following sections marked accordingly.
Project. How did you identify the particular project you are proposing? Why is it worth doing? What are your relevant skills and experience? Please include a brief breakdown of the various phases of the project, if appropriate; that is, explain how you plan to use your time.
Lasting Impact. Will your project have lasting, positive outcomes after you have finished your year? What do you see them as being? How will the organization continue the work you have initiated?
Affiliations. Explain why you hope to affiliate with any organization or organizations in the course of pursuing your project. How did you identify these organizations? What can they offer your project? Detail any contacts you have had with this organization.
Feasibility. Can your project be accomplished within the timeframe and budget allowed by the fellowship? What challenges or obstacles do you foresee interfering with your success? How do you plan to overcome these?
Provide a budget for your fellowship (housing and other living expenses, airfare or other travel expenses, and/or any direct project expenses). Please note that ReachOut neither provides health insurance nor pays for a fellow's medical expenses. Therefore, please remember also to include amounts for both health insurance and for other medical expenses in your budget.
IV. Other Application Requirements
Applicants must submit the following materials with the proposal to via the GPS system no later than TBA.
Academic transcript(s) (one certified original)
At least two letters of recommendation
Letter of endorsement from the sponsoring organization, if applicable
One letter of recommendation should be from a member of the Princeton faculty who knows the applicant well enough to assess his or her ability to complete the proposed project successfully. In cases where the applicant’s thesis topic is relevant to the project, a letter from the thesis adviser should be included. If the candidate has been actively engaged in community involvement as an undergraduate, a letter from someone who has supervised or observed the applicant’s work would be welcome.
Letters of recommendation can be submitted to the Office of Fellowship Advising electronically via the GPS system.
Candidates will then be interviewed by a committee on TBA. In-person interviews are an important part of ReachOut's selection process. An applicant who anticipates being unable to attend the interview should let the ReachOut Adviser know as soon as possible so that we can discuss an alternative method of conducting the interview. Those awarded fellowships will be notified in late February.
ReachOut56-81-06 will provide each fellow during his or her term with one or more supportive mentors from the Classes of 1956, 1981, or 2006. Progress reports are expected, and upon completion of the project, fellows will be asked to submit a written report to ReachOut56-81-06, as well as to meet with the ReachOut56-81-06 Board of Directors to discuss the experience. There will be an Advisory Council, consisting of past fellows, to help with the selection of future candidates and projects and to otherwise improve the program.
In a case where the sponsoring organization for a fellow chosen the previous year makes a special request to extend the project beyond the original term, such a request will be considered along with the other new applications for the year in question.
The Board of ReachOut56-81-06 is hopeful that the fellowship experience will help motivate those chosen to pursue a lifetime of public interest activities.