Samuel Huntington Public Service Award


While there is no internal Earlham process for the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, you are encouraged to let the Graduate Fellowship Committee know that you are applying, and you are welcome to seek our help during the application process.

Who May Apply

All graduating college seniors from accredited colleges in the U.S., including international students, who are interested in pursuing a year of public service.

Application Pool Description

One award is guaranteed annually; often two or three have been selected from a pool of 60 to 80 applicants.

Eligibility Limitations


Award Description and Duration

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $10,000 to enable the recipient to undertake a one-year public service project anywhere in the world. At the beginning of the project $5,000 is awarded; the remaining $5,000 is awarded upon receipt of a six-month progress report.

Application Requirements and Deadline

Along with the application, candidates should submit a Public Service Proposal of 1,000 words or less by December 1. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good to be undertaken by the student alone or working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations in this country or abroad.


Applicants are notified of their status by the end of April. Semi-finalists are then interviewed personally prior to their selection for the award. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award is awarded soon after the interviews.


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Have a Question Regarding this Fellowship?

Deborah Jackson
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
(765) 983-1225

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