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 schedule a time to talk with Professor Julia Adams, the Interim Director of Fellowships.  Meetings can be in-person or via Google Meet, depending on your preference. (see calendar schedule).  We will do an intake interview to get a better sense of what type of award you are seeking, your interests, your experience, and to get to know you

See here for a list of recipients.


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. 


Fellowship LibGuide

The Fellowship Office and F&M Library maintain a collection of resources (print and virtual access) including guides for writing application materials and proposals, and texts by previous major fellowship award recipients.  The Fellowships Office LibGuide is available at 


Interested in Fulbright?

F&M has been named a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Top-Producing Institution for 6 of the last 7 years. Juniors, seniors, and alumni interested in the next application cycle (the campus deadline is August 20, 2023) should contact Dr. Julia Adams [julia.adams@fandm.edu] for more information. (Must be a U.S. citizen to apply.)

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

Know a fabulous student?

Bring potential fellowship applicants to our attention! Email julia.adams@fandm.edu.  


The Office of Fellowships guides students through the entire process of applying for a fellowship from beginning to end. Note that some require insitutional endorsements and may have campus deadlines that are, in some cases, months earlier than the national deadlines. Dr. Julia Adams, the Interim Director of Fellowships, is the first point of contact for fellowships unless otherwise indicated.​