The purpose of the “Fellowship Tips” pages is to provide a repository of information that hopefully will assist you on your journey toward obtaining a graduate fellowship. This content was compiled over the last few years utilizing detailed searches for websites containing information and assistance on fellowship application preparation, comprehensive peer institution benchmarking, webinars and information sessions conducted by large fellowship granting organizations, survey data, and engagement with faculty who serve on fellowship review committees. Scott Tirrell, OGE Associate Director of Graduate Fellowships also spoke with a large number of departmental graduate and financial administrators as well as graduate officers on how they promote fellowship opportunities to their students and discussed the various methods they use to help the success of MIT’s graduate students in receiving these awards. These conversations, both formal and informal feed a large portion of these pages. In no way is the information contained a guarantee of receiving a fellowship or applicable to all opportunities. It is a collection of hints and tips that we hope you find helpful.
The “fellowship tips” are divided into the following sections:
- Why a fellowship?
- What are fellowship-granting organizations looking for?
- What does a typical fellowship application include?
- Before you apply
- How to get a fellowship
- Drafting a personal statement
- Drafting a research proposal
- Recommendation letters
- Application tips for specific fellowships (NSF, NDSEG, Hertz)
- How to keep a fellowship