Knapp House Graduate Program
The Knapp House is a unique community of scholars founded on the principles of scholarship,
leadership, and a breadth of ideas.
The University of Wisconsin purchased the former Governor's Mansion in 1951 with
funds from the Knapp Memorial Graduate Program. Since 1954, the Kohler Foundation
has generously assured continuation of the program by funding twelve fellowships.
These fellowships provide free housing and offer an exceptional opportunity for
graduate students from diverse disciplines to live together at the Knapp House,
sharing research, culture and interests. Fellows host monthly seminar dinners that
serve as a formal setting for the exchange of ideas. For these events, fellows recruit
speakers, invite guests from across campus and the community, and prepare and serve
an elegant dinner.
Students making satisfactory progress towards a degree and meeting one of the following
- Ph.D. and SJD candidates with dissertator status
- Third year MFA candidates
- Third year professional school candidate (Law, Medicine & Veterinary Medicine)
The department must submit:
- A letter of support/recommendation from the student's advisor; and
- A statement of nomination/endorsement from the Department Chair.
-Note: Each department may only nominate two candidates.
The student must submit:
- A Curriculum Vitae;
- A letter of interest. The letter of interest must include information about academic
and professional leadership, cultural, social & community activities, team building
experiences and extracurricular interests and activities; and
- A one-page summary of the student's dissertation topic (for public audiences).
Contact & Submission
Knapp House Fellowship Committee
The Graduate School
Room 217, Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive