Students accepted for CPGC Fellowships receive taxable stipends to support their summer internship and learning experiences. The standard rate for Fellowship support is $4,000, based on the assumption of an 8 to 10-week fellowship working, learning, and serving 30 - 40 hours per week. The following variations may occur as circumstances warrant.
Amount of service and learning is closest to:
- 8-10 weeks at approximately thirty-five hours per week: $4,000
- 6 weeks at approximately thirty-five hours per week: $3,000
- 4 weeks at approximately thirty-five hours per week: $2,000
If a student does not have significant financial need and they wish to return all or half of the stipend amount so that additional qualified students may participate in the program, they may indicate their choice to do so within their application.
Additional funding based on financial need
In addition to the base rate above, students who qualify for LIFTFAR Funding will receive 100% of the Student Savings Expectation (SEE) that is part of their financial aid package (pro-rated for shorter engagements as above). Students who receive need-based financial aid, but do not qualify for LIFTFAR Funding, will receive 50% of the Student Savings Expectation that is part of their financial aid package, again in addition to the base rate (pro-rated for shorter engagements as above). Graduating seniors do not qualify for LIFTFAR or need-based financial aid funding.
The standard fellowship rate plus supplements based on financial need are intended to cover the costs of summer internships and ensure that all students have opportunities to explore career and justice-related pathways as part of their Haverford experiences.
Some Partnerships Require Specific, Non-negotiable Expenditures
Depending on the Fellowship site, costs of completing the experience may be taken out of a student’s award before the student receives any direct payment. This tends to be most relevant to ongoing international partnership sites, where the CPGC and the College are familiar with transportation, lodging, and food options that enhance overall safety and predictability for the program experience. Your Fellowship advisor will know whether and how this applies to the site that interests you. Students interested in international partner opportunities should be in conversation with Stephanie Zukerman, International Programs Manager.
60% of funding before fellowship. 30% processed around July 11. 10% processed around November 11. More explanation:
Fellows receive 60% of the total awarded Fellowship amount (minus any costs specific to partnerships) before the start of the Fellowship, typically between mid-April to early May. Carefully completing all requests from CPGC Office Manager Allison Carpenter, such as ensuring all documentation is completed to ensure a student can be paid in Workday, improves the speed of this process.
Fellows who continue to complete their Fellowship - as the vast majority of Fellows do - will receive an additional 30% of the total award processed around July 11, 2022. Fellows who withdraw from the program or fail to report to and work with their host organization as agreed will not receive the second or final payment.
Fellows who complete all components of the Fellowship, including participation in all of the activities before and following the summer internship, will receive their final payment, worth 10% of their total Fellowship award, processed around November 11, 2022.
Enrolling in direct deposit at the moment of initial financial registration for the Fellowship increases the speed of each payment.
The Challenge of High Costs
In some instances, the total costs of proposed Fellowships are greater than the standard $4,000 stipend, or even the maximum possible $6,400 stipend. These amounts, however, are the ceilings of contribution that can come from CPGC Funding. To address this challenge, students should proactively work to, as appropriate, raise additional funds or identify Fellowships that are more affordable. Opportunities include:
- Flight and site costs vary greatly. Consider a full range of location options where you might advance your career and justice interests, and consider real costs in your process.
- Some international opportunities are more affordable than opportunities on the West Coast of the United States. On the other hand, Philadelphia regional partnerships are often more affordable than international partnerships (not always), all due to flight and site costs.
- In many instances, students are from communities they wish to represent with justice work and advocacy. If students are able to live in an affordable situation at home or with friends or family, a self-designed internship close to home, representing and working for one’s own community, has the potential to be comparatively affordable. This option is relevant for all students, including domestic and international students.
- Appeal to other offices, centers, departments or initiatives at the College for supplemental funding. If a program prizes a particular Fellowship location, they may have capacity to support additional costs.
The Fellowship Program without Funding
Students who have capacity to complete Fellowships without funding have the opportunity to decline funding and complete the Fellowship without funding support. When this occurs, the funding returns to the same pot, and will expand the program to support additional qualified students in justice-related internships and fellowships.
In most cases, your CPGC award will be taxed at U.S. rates. The Controller’s office reports the full amount of your internship award to the IRS because it is considered taxable income. Depending on many factors, you may owe taxes for the year. Please prepare for this by researching, discussing with your family, or if possible, talking to a tax professional: it often comes as a surprise!