How to Apply
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 3-4 months (ideally a full semester) before the deadline!
- Read through program websites to familiarize yourself with different fellowship programs. In addition to reviewing the eligibility criteria, application components, and timeline, think about how the program can facilitate your academic, professional, and/or personal growth and development. What makes you a good fit for a particular fellowship?
- 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. Use these suggested prompts as a guide in your reflection process. Then start writing!
- 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 some fellowships 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.