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When to Apply for Which Fellowships


What Fellowships You Should be Examining When

The first key to success is to begin the process early. This may not mean completing forms but rather getting involved in activities required on resumes and to qualify. Most fellowships are looking, in addition to a GPA of often more than 3.5, for leadership roles &/or community service. The critical part of the application process is writing statements about yourself and what you want to do. Another part that requires skill is securing the best people to advise you or write recommendations for you or sponsor you overseas.

For some graduate-program fellowships such as the Daad, Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mitchell and Rhodes, you register and BEGIN the APPLICATION process in the SPRING SEMESTER of your JUNIOR YEAR.

For the FULBRIGHT, it is highly advisable to begin even earlier, as every former applicant will tell you.
The only way to find out when you should start, is to follow the instructions about answering the questions at
http://www.smith.edu/fulbright
and you will then be informed of your deadline options.

The Beinecke and Truman are also for graduate programs, and for these you begin the application process also in the Spring Semester BUT of your SOPHOMORE year. Most fellowships can be used abroad.

You submit final applications for most fellowships in the year prior to the year in which you use the fellowship but are awarded the fellowship later in the same school year in which you apply. One exception is the Beinecke which is open only to undergraduates on financial aid and although applied for & awarded in the junior year, it for post-graduate study so that when applying to graduate schools in senior year, you can do so from a stronger financial position. For the Truman, while 90% of the scholarship pays for graduate programs, 10% is used in senior year.

The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (not to be confused with NSEP's Boren Graduate International Fellowship) and the Daad Undergraduate, Killam and Udall fellowships are applied for in your sophomore year for use in your junior year.

For sophomores, there is also the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship administered by the Office for Institutional Diversity. The Udall is used while still an undergraduate and juniors apply, too, to use it as seniors.

For specific advice about which fellowships you should be looking at:

If you are a FIRST-YEAR, see: First-years and Sophomores

First-years prepare to apply as sophomores for the Boren, Daad Undergraduate, Killam and Udall to use in their junior year.

First-years should acquaint themselves with the requirements of the Beinecke, Truman and Udall, preparation for which begins in the sophomore year while application is in the junior year. Apply for Udall both years.

Sophomores both apply for the Boren, Daad Undergraduate, Killam and Udall to use these in their junior year.

Sophomores prepare to apply as juniors for the Beinecke, Truman and Udall. Thorough, timely preparation is essential for Junior Year Abroad program participants.

Sophomores fully acquaint themselves with the requirements of the Daad, Fulbright, Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mellon, Mitchell and Rhodes, preparation for which is in the fall of junior year while registration is in the Spring Semester of junior year and is completed early fall of senior year for use in post-graduate years.

If you are a SOPHOMORE, see: Sophomores and Juniors

Sophomores both apply for the Boren, Daad Undergraduate, Killam and Udall to use these in their junior year.

Sophomores prepare to apply as juniors for the Beinecke, Truman and Udall. Thorough, timely preparation is essential for Junior Year Abroad program participants.

Sophomores fully acquaint themselves with the requirements of the Daad, Fulbright, Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mellon, Mitchell and Rhodes, preparation for which is in the fall of junior year while registration is in the Spring Semester of junior year and is completed early fall of senior year for use in post-graduate years.

Juniors apply for the Udall to use in senior year, for the Truman to begin to use in senior year (then graduate school), and for the Beinecke to use in graduate school. Juniors begin the applications they will submit as seniors for the Daad, Fulbright, Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mellon, Mitchell and Rhodes, all of which are fellowships used in post-graduate years.

If you are a JUNIOR, see: Juniors and Seniors

Juniors apply for the Udall to use in senior year, for the Truman to begin to use in senior year (then graduate school), and for the Beinecke to use in graduate school. Juniors begin the applications they will submit as seniors for the Daad, Fulbright, Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mellon, Mitchell and Rhodes, all of which are fellowships used in post-graduate years.

Seniors begin formal applications in the Spring or Fall Semester in their Junior Year for the Daad, Fulbright, Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mitchell and Rhodes and submit these applications for graduate fellowships mostly early in the Fall Term of senior year.

It is recommended that especially some students applying for the Gates, Marshall, Mitchell and Rhodes, also apply as fall juniors for the Truman as the Truman application process is excellent preparation for applying for these four British Isles fellowships. The Truman Scholarship can be deferred until after completion of Gates, Marshall, Mitchell or Rhodes studies. All these fellowships that are open to seniors can also be applied for after graduation, up to a point.

If you are a SENIOR, see: Seniors

Seniors begin formal applications in the Spring Semester in their Junior Year for the Daad, Fulbright, Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mellon, Mitchell and Rhodes and submit these applications for graduate fellowships mostly early in the Fall Term of senior year. For the ENS, register with the Fellowships Office by 15 October to begin application process.

It is recommended that especially some students applying for the Gates, Marshall, Mitchell and Rhodes, also apply as fall juniors for the Truman as the Truman application process is excellent preparation for applying for these four British Isles fellowships. The Truman Scholarship can be deferred until after completion of Gates, Marshall, Mitchell or Rhodes studies. All these fellowships that are open to seniors can also be applied for after graduation, up to a point.