Application processes vary widely across fellowship opportunities. We encourage you to carefully read through program websites and begin the application process as early as possible–at least 2-3 months (ideally a full semester) before the deadline!
- Schedule a meeting with the Fellowship and Career Advisor to discuss the fellowships you’re interested in, review the application process, and answer any questions you have.
- Begin working on your personal statement and other written components of the application. Keep a journal or Word document and jot down reflections on your background and experiences, how you developed your interests and passions, and where you see your academic, career, and life journey leading you. Then start writing! Your statement will be the most compelling after multiple rounds of revision, so ask others for feedback often.
- Create a list of potential recommenders, including professors, advisors, or supervisors who know you well and can write you a strong letter. Talk to them about your interest in the fellowship and provide them with your resume and a draft of your personal statement at least 3 weeks prior to the deadline.
- Submit a complete application by the deadline. Note that the fellowships listed in the box below have two deadlines: 1) an internal deadline set by Haverford and 2) an official deadline set by the fellowship program. You must submit a complete application, including recommendation letters, by the internal deadline in order to be considered for these fellowships. The reason for this is because these fellowships require Haverford to nominate or endorse applicants; therefore, we conduct an internal review process to select Haverford’s nominees. If you are selected, you will have an opportunity to revise your application before the official program deadline.
Fellowships Requiring Institutional Endorsement
For Seniors and Alumni:
- Augustus Taber Murray Fellowship: graduate funding for PhD programs in English, Classics, or German
- Churchill Scholarship: 1-year graduate study in STEM at Cambridge University (UK)
- Clementine Cope Fellowship: graduate funding in any discipline for any degree
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program: 1-year overseas grant for research, study, or teaching
- Gaither Junior Fellows Program: 1-year international/global policy research position
- Luce Scholarship: 1-year service/professional placement in Asia
- Marshall Scholarship: 1- or 2-year graduate study in the UK
- Mitchell Scholarship: 1-year graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland
- Rhodes Scholarship: 2-year graduate study at the University of Oxford (UK)
- Boren Fellowship: 1 or more years of overseas language study/research while in graduate school
- Watson Fellowship: 1-year independent exploration around the world
- Beinecke Scholarship: graduate funding for research degrees in arts, humanities, or social sciences
- Goldwater Scholarship: undergraduate funding for aspiring STEM researchers
- Udall Scholarship: undergraduate funding for aspiring leaders in Native American and/or environmental affairs
- Truman Scholarship: graduate funding for aspiring public service leaders