Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for a McGowan Fellowship?

How do I apply?

When do I find out if I have been selected as a Fellow?

Are there any requirements if I accept the McGowan Fellowship?

Are there any activities for program alumni?

Can I talk to a Fellow about the program?

Who is eligible to apply for a McGowan Fellowship?
Candidates must be rising second-year students and enrolled in one of our 10 partner schools. They must have achieved an academic standing in the top five percent of their class and show outstanding leadership potential as well as interest in ethics and public service. Typically, all eligible students are notified by their schools at the end of their first year of study.

How do I apply?
Candidates must complete a school-supplied application that includes several essay questions. Candidates must also submit a résumé that outlines their participation in and any leadership roles held in activities at school or community service organizations. Application deadlines vary from school to school.

When do I find out if I have been selected as a Fellow?
Fellows are notified over the summer by their home schools.

Are there any requirements if I accept the McGowan Fellowship?
Yes. An important area of focus for the McGowan Fellows program is to build a strong community among the award winners. To this end, Fellows are required to: 

1) Attend the annual McGowan Symposium on Business Leadership & Ethics weekend, which takes place in the first half of November. Each year, the McGowan Fund and one partner school co-host the Symposium, a gathering of prominent business leaders, members of the media, faculty and students from top business schools, and McGowan Fund board members. All Symposium-related travel and lodging expenses for each Fellow are covered by the Fund. This year's Symposium weekend will be held November 10-12 at University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

2) Participate in a group project, a winter working weekend, and a spring working retreat. Each Fellows class works on one or more team projects during the Fellowship year. The project work, on average, requires two to three hours each week and is similar to a social impact external consulting project.  Candidates should bear in mind that, like any consulting project, there may be some weeks where the project will require a great deal of time and others very little. Fellows refine their work during a spring working weekend, usually in early to mid April, and choose representatives to present results to the Fund board at the next Symposium or board meeting.  All retreat-related travel and lodging expenses for each Fellow are covered by the Fund. 

3) Participate in a mentor relationship. With input from the Fellow, each college and university identifies a business leader whose experience is relevant to the Fellow’s career interests and aspirations. The mentor supports the Fellow’s professional goals by providing personal and professional guidance, based on common interests, experiences, and philosophies. 

Are there any activities for program alumni?
Alumni are encouraged to attend the Symposium weekend each year to renew friendships, meet the new Fellows, and take advantage of sessions designed especially for alumni. The Fund covers travel and lodging expenses for this event not only for new Fellows, but also for the prior year's graduating class of Fellows. Alumni may also participate on the Alumni Committee, comprising two members of each class. The Committee serves as a conduit between the Fund and all alumni, participates in new Fellow onboarding, and serves as a sounding board for alumni activities. 

Can I talk to a Fellow about the program?
Absolutely. Contact our office and we will make arrangements for you. 

For further information, contact Nefeli Mourti, McGowan Fellows Program Director, at nefeli.mourti@williamgmcgowanfund.org.

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