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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Oelberg ’23 Wins Competitive FAIT Fellowship

Adriana Oelberg ’23, of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, has been awarded the prestigious Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship by the U.S. Department of State.

Third Time’s A Charm for Fulbright Winner

Luke Duceman ’18 has received his second Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Costa Rica after his first was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Johnson ’23 Selected for Fulbright Summer Institute

Kailah Johnson ’23, of Towson, Maryland, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute, one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.

Grad Earns Second Critical Language Scholarship

Hannah Kelly-Quigley ’20 has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese during the summer of 2021.

Nine Students Earn Gilman Awards to Study Abroad

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.

Student Shines During Address at NYC Gala

Susquehanna University’s Malia Simon delivered a memorable speech about the impact of her international experience at the Cultural Vistas Awards Gala in New York City.

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Dr. Karol Weaver,
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