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The Nancy Glickenhaus Student Fellowship at the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research is made possible through the generosity of Nancy Glickenhaus and the establishment of the Nancy Glickenhaus Fellowship Fund. The Fellowship allows a talented student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) to engage in research and advocacy projects focusing on children and families. The Field Center is a vibrant collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Schools of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), Law, Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, the Graduate School of Education and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Center brings together multidisciplinary scholarship, research and advocacy in support of improving the overall well-being of children and families.

The Fellowship will afford the selected student an opportunity to work with SP2’s renowned child welfare experts and an interdisciplinary team of scholars, practitioners, and graduate students through the Field Center on national public policy and practice issues affecting the welfare of children and families.


Applications are closed for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. This page will be updated in Spring 2025 with information about applying for 2025-2026.

Each academic year, one or two graduate students at the School of Social Policy & Practice will be selected as a recipient of funds from the Fellowship Fund and known as a Nancy Glickenhaus Student Fellow. The Fellowship will be offered in the 2024-2025 Academic Year. Interested students must submit a completed application on or before 5 PM on April 26, 2024. The Fellow will be notified by June 30, 2024. Upon successful completion of responsibilities each semester, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $1,500. The Fellow will also have access to an additional $1,000 per semester to be used for professional development activities. The stipend and any professional development reimbursements could be considered taxable under current IRS code.

The Fellow will work up to 5 hours per week on activities that may include research, writing, training, resource development, or advocacy in an area of child welfare on a topic chosen in conjunction with the supervisor. For the inaugural year (2024-2025) of the Fellowship Fund, there will be a preference for students with an interest in older youth in foster care and the Field Center’s Foster Care to College (FC2C) program.

The Fellow will meet with Field Center staff and faculty on a regular basis to discuss progress on the Fellow’s projects and to receive guidance in reflective learning from the Fellowship experience, including weekly meetings with the Field Center’s Associate Director. The Fellow is encouraged to attend the Field Center’s team meetings with interdisciplinary faculty whenever possible.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should prepare the following items:

(1) A resume and (unofficial) transcript.

(2) A brief statement of not more than one single spaced typed page describing the applicant’s interest in child welfare; any courses, work experiences, volunteer efforts, or other experiences that demonstrate the applicant’s interest and commitment; and a description of the applicant’s professional goals.

(3) A brief statement of not more than one single spaced typed page on the applicant’s vision for the role of interdisciplinary practice in child welfare.

All application materials shall be submitted electronically to no later than Friday, April 26, 2024. Selected Fellow(s) will be notified by June 30, 2024.

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