Career Services Fellowships
Why a Fellowship? There are a wide range of alternatives to directly pursuing employment or graduate school after graduation. Programs vary in structure, format, length, and focus, and many involve academic pursuits. You may want to explore such alternatives if you are refining your interests and want to build your experience, or if you recognize that such a period of specialized research, study or teaching might help you to advance towards your desired professional or career goal.
What is a Fellowship? A fellowship* is a financed opportunity typically for post-graduate students (although sometimes offered to undergraduates) ranging from one month to several years. Fellowships are provided by a wide range of public and private organizations and institutions, and provide funds for any number of ventures: for example, research, travel, entrepreneurial pursuits, or professional/academic development. Their application process is often thorough and these are usually highly competitive. Many are focused on specific missions, yet others are extremely flexible and permit the pursuit of diverse interests.
*note that some employers refer to their entry-level new-hire programs as fellowships. These are not the types of experiences we’re detailing here. Those are filled through the normal job search/interviewing process.
HOW WABASH CAN HELP…
Wabash offers broad support of your efforts to obtain a fellowship:
The Graduate Fellowship Advisor: The GFA, Susan Albrecht, will assist you with consideration of appropriate fellowship or scholarship opportunities, as well as with the process of application itself. This assistance may include any or all of the following:
- identification and evaluation of opportunities, including those available to undergraduates
- direction to relevant websites
- completion of application materials
- assistance with the crafting of essays/personal statements (with the exception of the Rhodes Sholarship, which is prohibited)
- coordination of mock interviews
- securing of institutional endorsement, where required
- deadline management
- connection with alumni and faculty who have received fellowships and scholarships
Contact Susan Albrecht: firstname.lastname@example.org / (765) 361-6216 / office main floor, Lilly Library
- The Schroeder Center for Career Development: helps you in your initial work to identify fellowship opportunities and can assist with application materials.
Contact us: email@example.com
- The Graduate Fellowship Committee (GFC): The Committee, comprised of three Wabash professors, can help identify appropriate opportunities and will help you polish your application materials, meet any stipulations, and prepare for interviews, where applicable.
Chair Dr. Eric Olofson: firstname.lastname@example.org (on sabbatical leave, 2014-15)
For the 2014-15 year, contact acting chair Dr. Alexandra Hoerl: email@example.com
- The Writing Center: The Writing Center Director, Zachery Koppelmann, or one of the student peer tutors can be helpful in assisting you with the mechanics and quality of any personal statement or essay required for application.
- Contact: (765) 361-6258 / office 2nd floor, Lilly Library
*Current Students Can Apply*
The GIANT Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunities
Undergraduate fellowships help current students pay for school and often provide paying internships during a student’s summer. Many undergraduate fellowships also provide great networking opportunities for graduate fellowships, graduate schools and careers.
The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
Application Opens: September
Campus deadline for nomination materials: January 4, 2015
Deadline to submit online applications: January 26, 2015
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.
Schedule & Deadlines:
Application Opens: August 15, 2012
Application Closes: December 15, 2012
More Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunities
|UNCF offers a wide range of scholarships and fellowships for African-Americans.||
Hollings scholarship program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, and technology.
|Scholarship awarded to sophomore and junior-level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.|
|The Israel Research Fellowship (IRF) was established to build a global community of outstanding young leaders and influential opinion makers.||UGSP offers competitive scholarships to students who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.||Freeman-ASIA is for U.S. Citizens interested in studying abroad in East or Southeast Asia|
The GIANT Graduate Opportunities
After graduation, fellowships can serve as a great alternative to build your Wabash resume while still deciding your future. But also, fellowships can offer great opportunities to travel, cover graduate/undergraduate educational costs and research.
Sponsored by the State Department, a Fulbright offers various fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study or research abroad for one academic year. The Program also includes the English Teaching Assistant component.
Intent to Apply: September
Application to the GFC: October
Campus Interviews: October 1, 2014
Deadline to submit online applications: October 14, 2014
GFC Institutional Letter: October
Response: Early Spring Semester
Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Application open: July 1
Application Due: October 1, 2014
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields.
Schedule and Deadlines:
Campus Application Deadline, January 4, 2015
Truman Application Deadline: February 3, 2015
Finalist Confirmation Form Due: February 25, 2015
Finalist Posting: February 27, 2015
Regional Review Panels: March 5, 2015 through April 11, 2015
Scholar Posting: April 15, 2015
Truman Scholars Leadership Week: May 20-25, 2015
Graduate Fellowship Opportunities
|Boren Fellowships support study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.||GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.||EPA offers graduate fellowships to students in environment-related fields of study.|
|Awarded to applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge.||Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates.||Eureka Fellowships offer an unrestricted fellowship program for visual artists.|
|The Woodrow Wilson Fellows include 13 Nobel Laureates, 35 MacArthur Fellows, 11 Pulitzer Prize winners, two Fields Medalists.||The White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.||Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.|
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