Getting Started

It is never too late to apply for a fellowship. Funding is available for students of every level and interest. But keep in mind, the sooner you get in touch with us, the better equipped we are to help.  Contact our office to get started today!

How do I start? Three steps to strengthen your application

Explore your interests and abilities

You know who you are and what you like and don’t like, but now is the time to think deeply about your passions, strengths and weaknesses.  This process will form the base for future fellowship applications.  Ask yourself:

  • What are you good atEveryone is good at something.  Ask close friends and family for their unique perspectives.  
  • What ‘lights’ you up?  Many people go through life never knowing what really excites them.  What do you find yourself thinking about and are there activities/causes that you’ve wanted to investigate?
  • What do you value?  Is it the environment?  Science? Art? In essence, what is of paramount importance to you? This question can also help determine which fellowships are best for you and your interests.  
Strengthen your academic network

Never underestimate the power of networking. It can help you determine interests while building academic connections you may need in the future. Make it a continuous priority.

  • Socialize with faculty and others in your cohort. They are excellent sources of information and advice.
  • Attend guest lectures and performances. The guest may review your next application, article or audition.
  • Sit on committees. Learn how academic institutions work from the inside.
  • Take a professor, speaker or fellow student out for a cup of coffee. They need to get to know you in order to best help you.
Develop a plan

With thousands of funding opportunities available, it can be difficult to determine which is right for you. Here are a few suggestions to help you figure it out:

  • Determine long-term aspirations
  • Ask yourself: What are my career goals? Where do I see myself in ten years?
  • Determine how to best prepare for achieving these goals

Overwhelmed?  We can help!

Our office can help you determine what skills and experiences are necessary for later pursuits. For example, stronger language proficiency or mentored lab research may be essential. Fellowships are available to fund many of these activities.

Start by searching the national databases listed on the Databases & Resources page. We can also use our knowledge and experience to help you find a funding match.

Remember to start the application process early.  Applications are due about 10 to 12 months before the start of the fellowship. It also takes a few more months to prepare a strong application package. You will need the time to write several drafts of your essay or proposal, pass it along to others for review, and incorporate their feedback.

Interested?   Contact our office for an appointment today!