How to apply

How To Apply

The application process is designed to allow students to demonstrate that they have the qualities that will make them a successful fellow.  This is described in About Harpur Fellows.

How do I apply to be a Harpur Fellow? 

The first step is to develop your community service project idea.  Think about:

  • What you want to accomplish with your project
  • Who you can work with to ensure success
    • Do you have a professor or advisor who can give you guidance? 
    • Is there an existing organization or agency you can partner with?
  • Where your project will be done
    • Do you have a support network available in that location?
  • When you will complete your project
    • Projects typically occur over summer break
    • It can be any duration that makes sense for your project
  • How much money you will need
    • Itemize project expenses
    • Factor in cost of supplies, travel expenses, etc.

If you want to flesh out your ideas, please schedule an appointment via Starfish.  We can help! 

Complete the Harpur Fellows Application (Google form). The application requires uploading a 1,000-word essay describing the project to be pursued, plan and timeline, Excel spreadsheet containing proposed project budget and resume.  

The following materials should be submitted via email to Wendy Neuberger OR mailed to: Wendy Neuberger, Harpur Edge, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000 Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

  • One letter of recommendation from someone who can assess student's ability to complete the project successfully.

  • If project will be conducted with the cooperation of, or under the auspices of an organization, group, or individual, the applicant must include a letter of sponsorship from the individual or organization with the application materials.


Finalists will be contacted to schedule an interview with the selection committee.

Criteria for Selection

Applications will be evaluated by the selection committee to determine whether they demonstrate that the applicant has the passion, intellectual ability, organizational skills, and experience necessary to complete the project.

In evaluating applications, the committee will consider:

  • The clarity, thoughtfulness, and thoroughness of the essay describing the project

  • The feasibility of completing the project during the time allotted and with the budget proposed

  • Whether the budget is well planned and will enable the applicant to complete the project economically

  • How the project will benefit a particular community

  • Whether the project will significantly contribute to the applicant's personal and intellectual growth

After completion of the project, Fellows are expected to present on their project and accomplishments.

Note: Students who wish to participate in the Harpur Fellows program and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.


Contact Wendy Neuberger at the Harpur Edge Office (or call 607-777-3626)