While on our ProFellow tour, I talked quite a bit about how much I love traveling and how I have used fellowships to fund my experiences abroad – including Germany, the U.K. and now New Zealand. Lucky for us, a few seminar participants provided leads on some great fellowships in Europe, ones that are going to go on my fellowship “bucket list”.
Tufts doctoral student Cecile Rouleau told me about The Chateaubriand Fellowship offered by the Embassy of France in the U.S. for doctoral students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. The fellowship has two streams – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Humanities and Social Science. Make sure to look at these fellowships early: application deadlines fall between December - February for research the following academic year.
At our seminar at the Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Thomas Widrich told me about fellowships at the European University Institute in Italy, which offers fellowships for graduate study as well as the Max Weber Programme, the largest postdoctoral programme for young academics in the social sciences in Europe. The Programmes gives 42 fellowships a year for 1 or 2 years of research in the four disciplines of the EUI: Economics, History and Civilization, Law, and Political and Social Sciences.
Can’t wait to find more fellowships like these!
One of the best ways to get your foot in the door to a career in government is through a local or state government professional fellowship program. One of the best is the Capital Fellows Program, which offers college graduates unique experiences in policymaking and development within the California state government. Fellows work as full-time, paid public policy assistants to top ranking government officials while assisting with tasks such as drafting and analyzing legislation, writing speeches, conducting policy briefings, and working with court project development and implementation.
“The Capital Fellows Program gives fellows the unique opportunity to learn and craft public policy through hands-on work with elected officials and staff,” said California Assemblymember Jared Huffman, who represents Southern Sonoma and Marin counties in the state legislature. “The program provides a challenging, professional work experience that serves as the foundation for successful careers in both the public and private sectors.” Read more.
Program brochures and applications are available at the Center for California Studies. Applications for the 2012-2013 Capital Fellows Program are due Wednesday, February 22, 2012. The only prerequisites for applicants are a bachelor’s degree (in any major) and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service. Recent graduates, post-graduate and mid-career applicants at least 20 years of age are welcome to apply.
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Our step-by-step guide for a competitive fellowship application
1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews