Fellowships for Seniors and Recent Graduates

Students nearing the end of their undergraduate careers have a plethora of opportunities available to support their continuing education and career goals. In addition to jobs and internships - to which students generally turn to the Office of Career Development for assistance - the Office of the Dean of the College supports students applying for grants, scholarships and fellowships. These resources fund travel and teaching, graduate study, and research.

Some of the best-known and best-endowed fellowship organizations include the Fulbright, Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Luce. The W&L Student Opportunity web page contains additional information about these programs and about many other grants. Students are often surprised by the number and variety of scholarships available.

Many graduate fellowship applications are due early in the senior year and therefore require students to begin their applications during the spring and summer following their junior year. However, it is useful to begin thinking even earlier about the application process. Finding project sponsors, reading web sites of various funding organizations, working through drafts of personal statements or other essays, and communicating regularly with pertinent W&L faculty - the fellowship faculty representative, your advisers and other recommenders - take time and are important steps toward success.

Contact Dean Marcia France to gain access to the Fellowships Sakai site, where you can find information on writing personal statements, resumes, requesting letters of recommendation, and other aspects of the application process and to be put on the email distribution list for notices about upcoming deadlines, new opportunities, and workshops.


W&L offers students ample help in fellowship application processes. To get started, please
• visit the Student Opportunity Web Page
• consult your academic advisers
• contact the appropriate faculty liaison
• and establish contact with Associate Dean of the College, Marcia France, francem@wlu.edu or x8746.

We look forward to working with you!

Certification Form for Fellowship Applicants

Useful Resource: Schall, Joe. Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Application Essays, A Student Handbook. Eden Prairie, MN: Thomson, 2006.