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How to get a fellowship

Make time

Applying to a fellowship demands a substantial, polished, well-thought-out product. Doing this last minute will not produce your best work (see our suggested schedule).


Identify the deadline and organize a schedule that works for you.

Build in extra time for last-minute problems or changes.

Focus on fellowships that are worth your time

Closely review eligibility requirements.

If you are an international student, make sure you are eligible. Typically, U.S. government opportunities are only available for U.S. citizen/permanent residents. Read the small print.

Take the time to understand the fellowship’s requirements and obligations. Applying to a fellowship can be a lot of work and often there is a lot of money involved. You don’t want to lose your fellowship because you were not aware of its requirements (learn more about how to keep your fellowship).