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Fall 2017 Fellowship Opportunities

The Robert A. Fox Leadership Program is seeking public-spirited Penn undergraduate students to place in paid, on-campus fellowships during the Fall semester.

We are currently accepting applications for fellowships with:

  • Collegium Institute
  • Magi Project in Science, Philosophy, and Theology

Please see a description of each fellowship below. Each fellowship will be approximately 8-12 hours/week.

Interested students should send to Fox Associate Director of Operations Euria Chung (echung@upenn.edu) a resume and a cover letter specifying the Fellowship in which you are interested. In the letter, describe how the Fellowship will help you explore a particular career path and/or develop a specific skill.

All applications are due Wednesday, September 20 by 5:00 PM. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should not contact the organization directly.  

 

FELLOWSHIP DESCRIPTIONS:

Collegium Institute – 2 Fellows

Collegium Institute is an independent scholarly foundation that draws mainstream scholarship at Penn into conversation with classical thought and the Catholic intellectual tradition.  The Perry-Fox Fellows will work on a variety of projects with Dr. Dan Cheely and theologian John Buchmann.

The Fellows will work on producing and designing podcasts to promote humanistic conversations across the university and with the broader community. For podcast content, the Fellows will work with Dr. Cheely and other faculty and staff to interview authors regarding the significance of their book beyond its conventional academic audience. 

The Fellows will also help plan and implement four projects including: (a) Paideia Seminar – a monthly inter-collegiate gathering of students who evaluate the question – what does it mean to be a humanist? – by studying a variety of humanistic traditions together; (b) Faith & Reason Seminar – a weekly gathering of Penn students who will reflect on the evolution of Christian thought on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; (c) the Philosophy of Finance Initiative – a project devoted to exploring the philosophical foundations and implications of our financialized economy, including the morality of risk, credit, and ownership; and (d) Community-Based Humanities Initiatives – a project to develop and participate in text-based humanistic conversations with the West Philadelphia community.   The Fellows will also work to develop and implement a digital marketing and communications strategy around these new programming initiatives.

The Fellows must exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills to be able to develop and present strong public voices on these subjects in their marketing and communications strategies. 

Applicants should describe in the cover letter their humanistic interests and digital media skills (if any), and explain which initiatives above they would be most ready and enthusiastic to advance.

 

Magi Project in Science, Philosophy, and Theology - 1 Fellow

The purpose of the Magi Project is to foster a respectful conversation among scientists, humanists, and religious communities about reality and the cosmos.  It offers seminars, workshops, lectures, and special events on science and religion.  The Perry-Fox Fellow will work with Dr. Marisa March, a Penn astrophysicist who is the Magi director, to develop and evaluate all aspects of the project.

The Fellow will work on a variety of tasks including: analyzing participant survey data from this past summer’s first Magi Summer Seminar; interviewing and engaging with past seminar participants to plan future inter-collegiate seminars; developing strategies for collecting data and assessing the outcome of future seminars to evaluate the impact of the Magi Project; updating the Magi Project’s web presence and social media platforms; and editing Magi lecture video coverage and determining the best strategy for showcasing them.

The Fellow will also work to recruit Penn student participation for Magi events, especially a program on Technology and the Humanities and a late November special event on evolution and public science, and will also help faculty and staff develop and refine the curriculum for a dinner series on Utopias/ Dystopias: How to Assess Science Fiction and the Best and Worst Possible Worlds.

The ideal candidate will have broad academic interests and a desire to explore the unity of knowledge and the relationship of wisdom across scientific and humanistic disciplines. The Fellow must be independently motivated but also willing to learn from others; and must exhibit excellent writing and communication skills and be able to navigate digital media.