Lipman Family Prize Fellows

The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize is an annual global prize recognizing organizations for leadership and innovation in the social sector with an emphasis on impact and transferability of practices.

The Lipman Family Prize Fellows help plan and execute elements of the award process. Fellows, recruited from various schools at Penn at the graduate level, review applications, analyze data, prepare materials for the Prize Committee and attend the awards ceremony where the winner is announced.

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The 16 fellows will participate for a full academic year between October 2017 and May 2018. Students will need to work an average of 5 hours per week, plus attend all mandatory trainings. The months of October, November, March and April are expected to be the busiest. Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year must be able to attend retreats scheduled for September 23-24, 2017 and January 20-21, 2018. 

The Experience

The goal of this engagement is for students to learn about the social sector through the philanthropic process. The Lipman Fellows’ team structure offers students the chance to explore the leadership dimensions of communication, teamwork, group decision-making and emotional intelligence while employing technical skills like data analysis and project management. The multidisciplinary composition of the Lipman Fellow community allows students to collaborate and challenge themselves in a safe learning environment.



A Unique Opportunity for Students

Organizations applying to the Prize are working on universally experienced social challenges such as public health, educational equality and economic development. As the Prize begins its seventh year, students have opportunities to impact the execution of the Prize and its ability to leverage the many Penn resources to support the work of world class social sector organizations.


Any current graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania is eligible. We do not require previous experience with nonprofits, philanthropy or social enterprises. Regardless of past work experience, fellows must demonstrate a current interest in the social sector and in their personal leadership development.

Application Process

The application for the 2018-2019 Lipman Fellows will be open in the fall of 2018.

Lipman Prize Fellows
Fellows of the Barry &  Marie Lipman Family Prize talk about their experiences of prize selection, including what they learned about themselves while helping to plan and execute elements of the award process.