Established in 1989, the Presidential Fellowship program is a two-year commitment that benefits both the student and the university. The program offers graduating GW undergraduates professional experience within various offices at the university while also giving them the opportunity to pursue a master's degree, and the potential for a graduate certificate, in their chosen field.
Unlike traditional graduate fellowships, the program builds on academic learning and faculty interaction with professional experience and ambassadorial involvement with university leadership, alumni and friends to provide a well-rounded and rigorous experience addressing the three pillars of the program: academic excellence, professional development and ambassadorship and service. The leadership and professional skills gained through the program are a solid foundation for nearly any future career path upon completion of the graduate degree. In return for this investment in the program, the university receives a pool of highly motivated and talented students who work to advance the university from within offices across the institution.
Additionally, Presidential Fellow alumni continue this legacy of service to GW through leadership roles with the Board of Trustees, the GW Alumni Association, school and affinity advisory groups and other activities, including through philanthropy to the university.