What is a fellowship?

Fellowships are typically competitive, merit-based scholarships or grants that fund research or study at the undergraduate or graduate level. Some fellowships promote service learning, foreign language study, internships/work abroad, or graduate school. Fellowships can range from short-term summer courses to multi-year graduate programs throughout the world. 

What is the Office of Fellowships?

We advise students and alumni  about fellowships and scholarships, assisting them with the entire application process—from finding the right fellowship opportunity through the interview process. Through outreach and the support of faculty and students, the Office of Fellowships aims to cultivate a campus culture that identifies and encourages students to pursue these life-changing opportunities.  

How do I get started?

Without even realizing it, you may have been preparing for applying to a fellowship before you even arrived at F&M through senior projects in high school, service as captain of an athletic team, or other achievements. A high GPA, though helpful, is not the sole criterion for receiving a fellowship. To learn more about what fellowships are looking for, explore opportunities by your college year or fellowship type. Also, check out FAQ.

You should also come and speak with one of the advisors in the Office of Fellowships:

  • Prof. Monica CableDirector of Fellowships, is your first point of contact for most fellowships. Email Monica Cable to schedule an appointment. Office: Harris 318.

  • Prof. Nina BondAssistant Director of Fellowships, is your first point of contact for Critical Language Scholarships, Fulbright UK Summer Institutes, Gates, Humanity in Action, James Madison, Knight-Hennessy, Mitchell, Princeton in Africa, Princeton in Latin America, Public Policy & International Affairs,  Public Policy Leadership Conference (Harvard), and Udall. Book a 30-minute appointment during the regular academic year hereOffice: Harwood Commons, #18.

See here for a list of recipients.


Fulbright's Alumni Spotlight: Josh Leib '19

Learn more about the Fulbright by reading Josh Leib's reflection on his rewarding experience as a English Teaching Assitant in Croatia, which was unfortunately cut short by covid 19.  

Josh Leib: The Power of Perspective

Interested in Fulbright?

F&M was named a top-producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students, 2019-20, among bachelor's insitutions.  Juniors, seniors, and alumni interested in the 2021-22 cycle should contact Dr. Monica Cable for more information. (Must be a US citizen to apply.)


Advice for applicants--current and future

We have a lot of experience advising students--so we've got lots of advice about what to do before you apply, while you’re applying, and if you’re interviewing. The process for applying for a fellowship actually begins the moment you start at F&M. 


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Bring potential fellowship applicants to our attention by filling out this very brief form!  

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Learn about the core group of scholarships that The Office of Fellowships supports.  The fellowship advisors guide students through the entire process of applying for a fellowship from beginning to end. Note that many of these core scholarships require insitutional endorsements and may have campus deadlines that are, in some cases, months earlier than the national deadlines. Dr. Monica Cable, the Director of Fellowships, is the first point of contact for fellowships unless otherwise indicated.

Other competitive fellowships