Finding the Right Fellowship for YouOFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS and SCHOLARSHIPS Tamara Valentine, email@example.comDaniel Villanueva, firstname.lastname@example.org Webinar August 19, 2014 1:00 PM
Fellowships & ScholarshipsDiscussed Today • Fulbright US Student Program • Critical Language Scholarship • DAAD • Gates Cambridge • Goldwater • James Madison • British Marshall • George J. Mitchell Scholarship • Nat’l Security Ed Program NSEP (Boren) • Scholarship: undergrad • Fellowship: grad • Phi Kappa Phi • Rhodes Scholarship • Soros Fellowships for New Americans • Harry S. Truman • Morris K. Udall
A Nationally Competitive Fellowship is • Nationally competitive • Highly sought after • Merit-based • Federally or privately funded • Extremely prestigious • Limited in number • Specific to a particular discipline, skill, or region of the world • Typically ONLY for US Citizens
The Application • Is an in-depth, rigorous application process • application, proposal, personal statement, policy statements, 3-8 letters of recommendation, transcripts, interviews • Is time intensive • Demands student commitment • Requires university endorsement
General Applicant Profile • Academic merit: 3.75 GPA or higher • Specific career goals • Research experience • Professional and academic relationships • Public service: unpaid internships, volunteer activities, school/professional/community activities • Leadership potential • Good interpersonal skills • Communication skills: written and spoken • Well-rounded citizen of the nation and the world • Time, preparation, motivation • Excellence in every way!
2012 Marshall Scholar Profile • Reno native Max Alderman graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Nevada-Reno with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science. A Thompson, National Merit, and Carrie Layman Scholar, Max focuses on twentieth-century continental philosophy and compared the early ontology of Jean-Paul Sartre to Emmanuel Levinas' metaphysics in his honor's thesis Max is a two-time national champion of collegiate parliamentary debate, as well as the 2011 Debate All-American and a US Department of State Critical Language Scholar. After earning an MPhil in philosophy from Warwick University, Max will attend Stanford Law School in fall 2014.
What is Involved? Basic components • Application: online application and hard copies • Academic Proposal/Statement of Purpose • what you want to do, why, where, how, and when • Personal Statement: presents a picture of yourself • Research Project or Policy Statement • Activities List/Academic Resume • References: 3-8 references • Transcripts • Evidence of creative works: performances, videos • University Nomination • Interview • Deadlines: campus deadline; national deadline
Scholarships with Fall Deadlines • Fulbright • CLS • Boren • British Marshall • George Mitchell • Rhodes • Gates-Cambridge • Paul and Daisy Soros Sarah Hillenbrand, German, ETA Germany
Important! If you plan to apply for any fall-deadline scholarship, you must meet with the Office of Undergraduate Fellowships now. Campus deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014.
U.S. government’s premiere international scholarship “To promote cross-cultural interaction and foster mutual understanding through engagement in the community” 140+ nations currently involved Research, teaching, study, special programs Must be a U.S. citizen and hold a bachelor’s degree Sufficient fluency in written and spoken language of host country Apply Senior year or with bachelor’s degree 1800 awards granted: round-trip transportation, language courses, tuition, books, research allowance, and health insurance Deadlines: Intent to Apply: Summer 2014 Campus: Sept. 22, 2014 National: October 14, 2014 http://us.fulbrightonline.org Fulbright Program for U.S. Students 1946
Two Types of Fulbright Grants Research/Study Grant ~1,000 awards 8-12 months 140 countries Independent research, study, or creative and performing arts projects abroad English Teaching Assistantships: ~600 awards 8-12 months 20-30 hours a week helping to teach English and U.S. culture in the classroom Remaining time spent on a community-focused project
Students attend any of 89 universities in U.K. for one-two years of study Be a U.S. citizen, have at least a 3.7 GPA, and a degree from a 4-year college or university University nomination Up to 40 awards given (1,000 apps) Award ($42,000) includes a personal allowance for: cost of living arrival allowance tuition, fees, books daily expenses approved travel thesis preparation airfare to and from the U.S. Deadlines Intent to apply: early spring Campus: September 22, 2014 National: October 1, 2014 1953 www.marshallscholarship.org
For one year of graduate study at one of the nine Irish Universities in Ireland (7) or Northern Ireland (2) 12 awards given in any discipline offered at institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland (300 apps) Apply: Senior year 18-30 years old 3.7 GPA or better Demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to community and public service. Awards one year of post-grad study: tuition, board, stipend and travel expenses Apply directly to the US-Ireland Alliance Deadlines: Intent to apply: early spring Campus: Sept. 22, 2014 National: October 1, 2014 George Mitchell Scholarship 2000 www.us-irelandalliance.org/scholarships.html
For language study in world regions critical to U.S. nat’l security: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East Award: Up to $8,000/summer, $10,000/semester and $20,000/year Deadlines: Campus: early January Nat’l Feb. 4, 2015 Pre-arranged programs administered by a U.S. institution, an overseas institution, or a third-party provider Has a federal employment requirement equal to the length of scholarship support NSEP Service Requirement: Recipients may seek work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State or the Intelligence Community. David L. Boren Awards for International Study Boren Undergraduate Scholarships www.borenawards.org
For study, research, and internships in world regions critical to U.S. nat’lsecurity: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East Degree-seeking graduate students design their own programs. Study of a foreign language integral Award $12,000/semester $24,000/year Has a federal employment requirement equal to the length of scholarship support NSEP Service requirement: Recipients may seek work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State or the Intelligence Community. The 2015-16 application will be available in late August 2014 Application deadline January 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST. David L. Boren Awards for International Study 1991 Boren Graduate Fellowships www.borenawards.org
Student earns master’s degree (2-yr) at Oxford University; any area of study Be a U.S. citizen, 18-24 years old, with a GPA of at least a 3.9 Pays tuition and fees, living expenses, travel 32 awards given (900) Apply: senior year (start app in sophomore year) University nomination Interview Deadlines: Intent to apply: spring Campus: Sept. 22, 2014 National: 1st Wed in Oct. (Oct. 1) Rhodes 1904 www.rhodesscholar.org
Students attend the University of Cambridge for graduate study in any subject (1-4 yrs) Need bachelor’s degree and to be admitted to Cambridge and a constituent college - any field Research distinction as undergraduate “Create a network of future leaders” Covers University fees, a maintenance allowance, and roundtrip airfare 40 awarded to U.S. Deadlines: Intent to apply: early spring National: Oct 15 for U.S. International deadlines 4,000 applicants 1994 www.gatescambridge.org
Critical LanguageScholarship • Sponsored by US Department of State • Fully-funded summer language courses, in-country, for the languages at right ---> • 7-10 week programs = one year of academic instruction • All majors and fields of study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, Urdu • Deadline: • November 2014 (still not official) • www.clscholarship.org/
For study in Germany only • Some fellowships require German proficiency, many do not. • Undergraduate + graduate options • Full-year, semester-long and summer • Varying dates and deadlines – see which interest you and ask us for more information! • https://www.daad.org/scholarship
DAAD Undergraduate Options Undergraduate Scholarships Scholarships for 4 to 10 months of study, thesis research or an internship for students in any academic field. German proficiency preferred but not required. Study Scholarship Scholarships for graduating Seniors to complete one academic year of study or a full graduate degree program in Germany. German proficiency required. RISE - Research Internships in Science and Engineering Summertime internships with German doctoral students at universities and research institutions--no German required! RISE professional Undergrads who are DAAD alumni can apply for these summer internships with German companies. University Summer Course Grant Summer courses at German universities to help build your language skills while studying anything from film to politics to engineering. internXchange An 11-week summer program in Berlin for American journalism and communications students. Advanced-intermediate German needed. Study and Internship Program (SIP) A full academic semester of study abroad at one of the UAS7 universities in Germany followed by a one-semester professional internship experience in a company or research institute in Germany. German language skills preferred but not required. German Studies Research Grant Funding for research in the US or Germany in all areas of contemporary German Studies. EMGIP - Bundestag Internship Two months in the German parliament for students who are fluent in German.
DAAD Graduate Options Study Scholarship + Study Scholarship for Artists, Musicians, Actors and Dancers (10-month stipend to study at any German university; renewable, can be used to pursue a full Master’s Degree, max. 4 semesters. Applicants in arts, humanities, social sciences must have good command of German) Research Grant (10-month stipend to pursue Ph.D. research; renewable, can be used to pursue full Ph.D. in Germany within 4 years. Applicants in arts, humanities, social sciences must have good command of German) University Summer Course Grant (4-week stipends to study German language) RISE professional (1.5 – 6 month stipends for professional internships) Intensive Language Courses in Germany (stipends for 8-week German languages courses, not granted to German language, literature or translation students) Intern Exchange (8- week summer program for journalists with intermediate German) German Studies Research Grant (1-2 months, for M.A. students in German Studies) Summer Law School (for students in 2nd or 3rd year of law school, German skills preferred)
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 1997 • Status as a “new American”: • green card • naturalized citizen • Or naturalized citizen parents • For graduate study in the U.S. • Any academic discipline • Senior or no more than 2 years into grad program, < 30 years old • 30 two-year fellowships given • Up to $90,000 over 2 years • Show evidence of at least two of the following criteria: • creativity, originality, and initiative • capacity for accomplishment, activities requiring drive and sustained effort • commitment to values of the U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights. Deadlines: Intent to apply: early spring UNR deadline: Sept. 22, 2014 National deadline: November 1, 2014 www.pdsoros.org
Scholarships with Spring Deadlines • Goldwater • Truman • Udall • Phi Kappa Phi • Intent to Apply: early fall • Campus deadline: To be considered for nomination, the application must be submitted to us by December 1, 2014 Anna Koster, Chemistry Goldwater Scholar 2012
Apply as sophomores or juniors pursuing careers in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering Need at least a “B” average and be in top 25% of your class (winners: 3.95) U.S. citizenor permanent resident Graduate school in math, natural sciences, or engineering Covers tuition, fees, books, room and board up to $7,500 annually Deadlines Campus: December 1, 2014 National: January 31, 2015 Must be nominated by the university (up to 4) 300 awards given 1986 www.act.org/goldwater
WE PROUDLY SALUTE 2013 UDALL SCHOLAR & 2013 GOLDWATER SCHOLAR STEVEN DELACRUZ CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THE HONORS PROGRAM
To attend grad school for government, non-profit and advocacy, education, and other public service career Aspire to be “change agent”in U.S. or int’l. public policy U.S. citizen Upper quarter of class (winners: 3.8) Write a policy statement Apply junior for senior year 55-65 awards given (600 received) Have record of public & community service Outstanding leadership potential and communication skills Required to work in public service for 3-7 years $30,000 for grad school (public service) Nominated by UNR Deadlines Intent to apply: early fall Campus: December 1, 2014 National: Feb. 3, 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship 1975 www.truman.gov
WE PROUDLY SALUTE 2014 TRUMAN SCHOLAR IVÓN PADILLA-RODRÍGUEZ HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY THE HONORS PROGRAM
Sophomores and Juniors Environmental fields: policy, science, engineering, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, econ OR Native American or Alaska Native leaders in fields related to healthcare or tribal policy Must be nominated by the university (up to 6) Have a “B” average (winners: 3.7) 50 awards up to $5,000 or the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board for one year (+ 50 Hon Mentions) Deadlines Campus: December 1, 2014 National: March 4, 2015 Morris K. Udall 1992 www.udall.gov
Graduate fellowship competition 6@ $15,000; 51 @ $5000 Support first-year grad or professional study Active member of PKP (by invitation only) Chapter nomination Deadlines: Submit to chapter PKP by April 1, 2015 Headquarters: April 15, 2015 Undergraduate Study Abroad Grant 50 - $1000 awards Open to all fields GPA of 3.75 or higher Applied/accepted to study abroad program by April 1 Accredited study between May 1 and June 30 Apply online; submit to PKP by April 1 Non-PKP can apply
Anna Koster, Chemistry and Music ‘13PKP Fellow (2013); Goldwater (2012);
Fall Information SessionsRegister online at Honors website • Fulbright Information SessionThursday, August 28, 2:15 PM, JCSU, Rita Laden Senate Chambers • Fellowship Writing Workshop (all fall-deadline scholarships)Friday, Sept. 12, *and* Friday, Sept. 19, 3:00 PM JTB 11A (Honors Program Office) • Critical Language Scholarship PresentationThursday, October 9, 3:00 PM, JCSU 320 • General Fellowship FairMonday, November 3, 3:45 PM, JCSU 324
What to do?Before making an appointment with the Office of Undergraduate Fellowships… • Explore the fellowship website • Mission and purpose • Eligibility requirements • Selection criteria • Nomination process • Download the application • Review the components of the application • Start completing the application and contacting letter writers
What next? • After you have done your research, make an appointment with the Office of Undergraduate Fellowships • Work on the application and obtaining letters • Revise and submit the application for nomination consideration to the Office of Undergraduate Fellowships by the campus deadline • If you become one of the university nominees, meet with the Office of Undergraduate Fellowships regularly to develop a timeline • Request letters of recommendation • Submit completed application by the national deadline
Questions? Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships Honors Program, Jot Travis Tamara Valentine: email@example.com Daniel Villanueva: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.unr.edu/honors/fellowships 775-784-1455
Thank you for participating, and… Good luck!!!