Application Info

Who is Eligible?
Applicants must be graduating seniors from the five Claremont Colleges who have demonstrated outstanding leadership promise in the quest for a just, peaceful and sustainable world. There are no citizenship or residency requirements.

Napier Initiative policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful.

Selection Criteria for Applicants
• Applicants must demonstrate successful leadership skills.

• Applicants must present a record of concern for and practical engagement with one or more of the issues of peace, social justice, or environmental sustainability.

• Applicants must show a broad knowledge of the background and current state of the social issue they wish to address.
• Applicants must present a creative proposal for a practical project which must be carried out within fifteen months following graduation in the U.S. or abroad.
• We encourage practical, hands-on work for a creative, viable proposal. Plan a meaningful project related to one of the priority areas. 
• Applicants must show that they have taken the initiative to establish a collaborative relationship with leaders in one or more local organizations where the project would be carried out.

The sketches of earlier Napier Fellows suggest the variety of possible project proposals.

Important Dates
October 2019 APPLICATIONS DUE AT COLLEGES: Deadlines vary for students' submission of Napier Awards application material to the Napier contact person at each college. The contact person can provide more information about the application and nomination process.

They are:

Claremont McKenna - Brian Davidson, Director of Fellowships Advising at (909) 621-8267
Harvey Mudd - Gabriela Gamiz, Community Engagement at (909) 607-4575
Pitzer - Sandy Hamilton, Fletcher 204, (909) 607-9108
Pomona - Sefa Aina, Associate Dean and Director of the Draper Center, (909) 607-9994
Scripps - Jennifer Armstrong, Balch 134, (909) 607-9100

October 25, 2019 - Deadline for college submissions to Pilgrim Place: Each college submits up to 3 nominees and their supporting materials to Pilgrim Place.  Every nominated student becomes a Napier Fellow and will participate in further events at Pilgrim Place.

Note that nominees are required to participate in the November 3, November 17, November 24,

February 23, and March 28, events.
Sunday, November 3, 2019: All Napier Fellows meet to get acquainted at the HIVE, on campus.
Sunday, November 17, November 24, 2019: Meetings with Pilgrim Place mentors.

Sunday, February 23, 2020: Fellows present brief summaries of their projects, followed by Pizza Party with mentors.

January 21, 2020Please note:  Fellows may submit a brief (no more than 2 pages) summary of any new developments which have occurred since the original application. Send to by

January 21, 2020.
February: Nominees for the award will be interviewed.
Saturday, March 28, 2020: Napier Awards Day at Pilgrim Place and public announcement of the Napier Awardees.  Napier Fellows and Awardees honored at a reception and banquet.
After March 28, 2020: Fellows are encouraged to communicate with Pilgrim Place mentors and with each other about their shared vocational interests and plans for the future.
May 2020: Napier Awardees receive first half of their award upon graduation.
Following Graduation: Napier Awardees submit mid-way report on their project and receive second half of the award. Project Completion: Napier Awardees submit a final report on their project .

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