Fellowships Offer Unique Chance to Develop Academic, Leadership, Service Skills
Fellowships and scholarships provide outstanding opportunities to expand your horizons, broaden your knowledge and serve as a stepping stone to a successful career or an advanced degree.
Many different scholarships and fellowships are available to qualified students, from first-year students through college graduates. For example, the Boren scholarship, which provides up to one academic year of funding to U.S. undergraduates to study foreign languages in regions critical to the U.S., is available to students beginning their first year. Alternately, the James Madison Graduate Fellowship is available only to graduates and graduating seniors.
Navigating the process for identifying and applying to these opportunities can sometimes be daunting. That’s why Susquehanna University faculty are dedicated to helping you craft the most compelling proposal for your desired experience.
Opportunities exist across the academic spectrum and we are here to help you every step of the way.
The Fulbright program embraces a philosophy much like that of Susquehanna’s Global Opportunities (GO) program. Since it was founded in 1946, more than 310,000 Fulbright Scholars, chosen on academic merit and leadership potential, have enjoyed studying, teaching and conducting research abroad.
This program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The Gilman scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.
Funding a year of postgraduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland, this scholarship is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to Ireland, while encouraging intellectual achievement, leadership and a commitment to community and public service.
A global scholarship at Cambridge University for intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.
Blakemore Foundation: Funds an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages.
Boren Fellowship: Provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education.
Critical Language Scholarship: The Critical Language Scholarship Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.
AmeriCorps: Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies, to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, health care and environmental protection.
City Year: An education-focused organization dedicated to helping students and schools in 27 urban, high-poverty communities across the U.S. and through the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cultural Vistas Fellowship: The Cultural Vistas Fellowship is a fully funded program affording underrepresented U.S. university students the opportunity to intern for eight weeks with organizations in Argentina, Germany or Southeast Asia.
Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship: Funded by the U.S. Department of State, this two-year program provides academic funding for an IT-related degree, internships, professional development and mentorship – culminating in an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist.
Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study: Awards five-year fellowships for full-time study toward a Ph.D. in the life sciences for individuals committed to increasing diversity among scientists.
Hertz Foundation Fellowship: Provides grants for postgraduate fellowships leading to the award of the Ph.D. in the applied physical and engineering sciences, as well as quantitative aspects of modern biology.
What is a fellowship? The term “fellowship” is often used interchangeably with “scholarship” or “grant.” In simpler terms, it’s an award that allows you to study, teach, conduct research or earn leadership or public service experience. These awards are typically meant for the period immediately following college, but there are awards that offer funding during your undergraduate years as well.
How can I tell if I’m qualified for a fellowship? First, look at the fellowship’s website to see what sort of qualifications the foundation is looking for. But don’t just look online. Dr. Karol Weaver, our faculty coordinator for fellowship advising, can guide you to programs that fit both your qualifications and your goals.
What if I don’t win any fellowships? Don’t lose heart. These are very competitive programs. In most cases, you can reapply the next year. In fact, it may even be to your advantage. More and more applicants are winning top awards on subsequent applications.
How do I secure letters of recommendation? In many cases, the organization will indicate what they’d like your recommenders to address: academic performance, leadership, commitment to public service, etc. Next, think about the professors and supervisors who know you (and your work) well. It is crucial that whomever you choose knows you, knows what you are applying for, and has any and all guidelines provided by the foundation. Copies of your application essays, your résumé, and even papers you wrote for the professor’s class are also helpful. Give your references at least one month to write their letters.
Nine Susquehanna University students have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a U.S. Department of State grant program that enables U.S. students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.