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 the suggested schedule in the previous section).


  • 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.

  • Check eligibility requirements closely.
  • If you are an international student, make sure you are eligible. Typically, US Government opportunities are only available for US 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 times there is a lot of money involved. You don’t want to lose your fellowship because you were not aware of its requirements (please see “Keeping Your Fellowship” section).