How do I apply?

Though every fellowship is different in its specifics, generally you will follow these steps:

  1. Get to know the basics about any fellowship that interests you by reading our overview about it. These descriptions explain the purpose and history of the fellowship as well as eligibility requirements (GPA, field of study, and other qualifications), and they often contain links to the websites maintained by foundations and scholarship organizations themselves, which are a great source of additional information. Look into opportunities early! Ideally, you are doing your first reading about the fellowship 6 months or more before the national deadline (use the overview of deadlines to get a sense of the best timing). Around that time, you’ll see information sessions listed on the upcoming events page on this website.  Please note that it is never too early to express interest in a particular fellowship. For example, if you are interested in Fulbright but you’re still a sophomore, write to fellowships@wesleyan.edu and we can add you to the list to receive future communications about Fulbright in particular.

  2. Request an appointment to meet with a fellowships advisor. We'll help you think through whether or not the fellowship is a good fit for you, and give you some next steps to prepare to get the application done on time for the campus deadline.

  3. Begin preparing your application materials and seeking recommendation letters. Each fellowship has its own page that outlines the details of the application and links to the site where you can apply through the associated foundation webpage. Check out the list of upcoming events to find writing sessions to help structure your drafting and revision during spring and summer.

  4. Submit your application by the campus deadline (campus deadlines are usually about a month or so ahead of the national deadline). Once you complete the initial application and submit it, a faculty committee will review your application, in many cases interview you, and make a decision about which candidates Wesleyan will nominate or endorse. Decisions are based on the materials you submit and the guidelines set by the foundations. Not all candidates are endorsed; sometimes there is a limit on the number each campus can send to the national competition; sometimes an applicant's materials do not meet the criteria. In some cases, the campus process is valuable opportunity to improve your materials further, building on feedback from the campus interview process.

  5. Each candidate who has submitted for the campus deadline will be notified via email of the committee's decision. Endorsed candidates submit a final application to the foundations with continued support and guidance from the fellowships office staff.