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Thank you for your interest in the Germination Project’s Fellowship Program
2020 Fellowship Class Applications are due on Midnight, December 31, 2019.

The Germination Project is a demanding, exclusive program, and the admissions process for aspiring Fellows is correspondingly rigorous and competitive. Germination Project applicants comprise a self-selected cohort of their high schools’ most accomplished students. Of these highly qualified applicants, approximately 12% are admitted each year to the Germination Project.

The Germination Project’s Selection Committee seeks candidates who possess a demonstrable background of accomplishment. The Committee considers each applicant’s GPA, courseload rigor and other examples of achievement, both academic and civic. The Selection Committee is less focused on an applicant’s charitable or community service activities, than on his or her ability to excel in high-pressure, challenging environments.

A critical component of the Germination Project application process is the personal essay. A successful candidate’s written personal statement will illustrate not only the candidate’s aptitude as a writer and communicator, but his or her intellectual curiosity, self-awareness, vision and the presence of a unique perspective on the world.

Candidates who pass the written materials phase of the application process will be submitted to an interview, up to an hour in length, with members of the Selection Committee. Interviews are challenging, probing and fast-paced. Successful candidates will demonstrate a keen ability to think quickly and critically, to remain cool under fire, and to articulate and defend their positions on any number of subjects.

The Germination Project invites 10th graders in good standing at high schools in Philadelphia and the surrounding region to apply by submitting the following items:

  • Personal statement describing your interest in the Germination Project and summarizing your view of civic commitment/leadership
  • Summary of any extracurricular activities in which you participate
  • Two letters of recommendation from non-family members**
  • Academic report card or transcript
  • Completed copy of this application
  • Any additional information that you would like the Selection Committee to consider

** Letters of recommendation can be submitted by email to apply@germinationproject.com or using our online application tool. To submit with the online tool, add the name of the applicant into the Name field under Personal information, upload the document to the letters of recommendation field, and click submit.

The Germination Project Selection Committee will inform all candidates of the outcome of their applications prior to the end of the current academic year. For specific questions and other information, please direct inquires to the Germination Project at apply@germinationproject.com

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Personal statement describing your interest in the Germination Project and summarizing your view of civic commitment/leadership.

Either video or essay submissions are acceptable; applicants will be limited only by their creativity.

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Summary of any extracurricular activities in which you participate.

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Two letters of recommendation (PDFs) from non-family members.

Candidates may submit their letters of recommendation by instructing the authors to email apply@germinationproject.com or uploading the letters to this application. Please complete the author information fields in either scenario.

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Academic report card or transcript (PDF).

Any additional information that you would like the Selection Committee to consider.

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