Preparing for a Fellowship

Fellowships are competitive awards designed to support the leaders of tomorrow. Sometimes called scholarships, they fund study, research, internships, self-designed projects, or other specific activities. Fellowship sponsors, usually private or government foundations, seek candidates who are exceptional in every respect, and who demonstrate the potential to become leaders, changemakers, exemplars, explorers and activists in the broadest sense.

Preparing yourself as a fellowship candidate requires attention and motivation, beginning early in your college career. A strong and coherent academic profile will be bolstered by a high GPA, research experiences, and study abroad. Equally important is powerful evidence of good character, often demostrated by meaningful community service, civic engagement and leadership roles. Finding ways to set yourself apart as a student and as a citizen of the world will allow you to create the strongest possible candidacy.    
  

First-Year Students

  • Aim to build a strong academic profile through high performance in challenging courses.
  • Seek out opportunities for substantive involvement in class and in extra-curricular activities.
  • Connect with faculty and staff members who can serve as mentors.
  • Read widely and become informed about current events, issues and global leaders.

Sophomores

  • Focus on academic performance, community engagement and leadership opportunities.
  • Seek out opportunities for mentored and/or independent research.
  • Pursue internships and summer jobs that contribute to your academic profile.
  • Develop relationships with faculty mentors in your field of study.
  • Plan now for study abroad which will enhance your academic program.
  • Deepen your understanding of current events through reading, discussion and debate.

Juniors

  • Maintain your strong academic record, especially in your major field.
  • Build expertise and knowledge in your field of study; pursue further research experiences and internships.
  • Participate in study abroad or domestic study away: challenge yourself!
  • Take leadership roles and initiative; be creative, entrepreneurial, curious.   
  • Research fellowships and discuss with your faculty adviser.
  • Meet with the Director of Fellowships to seek nomination and College endorsement as needed. 
  • Identify faculty recommenders; begin drafting proposals and personal statements.
  • Continue to read widely, form and defend your opinions, broaden your horizons.

Seniors

  • Refine and polish application essays; secure letters of recommendation and transcripts.
  • Submit applications according to established deadlines.