We had four fantastic seminars at Tufts, Harvard, MIT and BU this week, and one of the most common questions I was asked is will ProFellow have fellowships for non-U.S. citizens. The resounding answer is YES. In the past year we’ve come across a large number of fellowships that international applicants are eligible for. Considering how difficult it is to find these opportunities, we are working on a way to make it easy for ProFellow users to find them in our database when we launch this summer. In the meantime, here is just a small selection of fellowships and tips for international applicants.
You may have your heart set on a certain university for your graduate studies, but be flexible in your choices. Some universities offer full graduate fellowships to their students in certain disciplines and some are specific to international applicants. Yale University offers 20-25 annual Gruber Science Fellowships for students of any nationality pursuing a PhD in biomedical and biological sciences or in astronomy and astrophysics. Also the Harvard Kennedy School of Government provided us information on two fellowships, the Luksic Fellowships for Croatian students, and the Kokkalis Degree Program Fellowship for natives of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
There are also a number of foundation fellowships for international applicants for either graduate study or research. The International Student Research Fellowships sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute provide up to $43,000 to talented science and engineering students during their third, fourth, and fifth year of graduate school. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Research Awards offers funding to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries for research carried out in one or more developing countries. The AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Also, the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program provides support to young researchers working in academic and research institutions from eligible countries preparing a doctoral thesis.
There are also a number of professional fellowships for international applicants. The Community Solutions Program is a 4 month professional fellowship that allows Fellows to work in a U.S. nonprofit organization on topics such as transparency, conflict resolution, and women’s issues. Also the Acumen Fund Global Fellows Program is a social entrepreneurship fellowship for applicants of any nationality with 3-7 years work experience.
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In the next two weeks, I will be in the U.S. speaking at universities about ProFellow and finding professional and academic fellowships in the U.S. and abroad. I’ll be providing an overview of my experience in 4 different fellowship programs and providing tips on how to prepare a competitive application, how to rock the individual or group interview and how to make the most of your fellowship experience. Please join us on our tour:
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington DC
Wednesday, Sep. 21, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Room 205, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Thursday, Sep. 22, 12noon – 1:30pm
McGhee Library, Third Floor, Intercultural Center
37th and O Streets NW, Georgetown University, Washington DC 20057
Link to campus map: http://maps.georgetown.edu/interculturalcenter/
George Washington University, Washington, DC
Thursday, Sep. 22, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room: UHP Basement, Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research,
George Washington University, 714 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
City College of New York (CUNY), New York, NY
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 12:45pm – 2:00pm
North Academic Center, Room 1/116, 138th St & Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
Subway: #1 or #9 local to 137th Street and Broadway
Link to campus map: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/aboutus/campus/index.htm
New York University, New York, NY
Wednesday, Sep. 28, 9:00am – 10:00am
The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012
Subway: #6 to Astor Place
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Monday, Oct. 3, 11:00am-12:30pm
209 Trabant University Center, 17 West Main Street Newark, DE 19716
(South College Avenue between Delaware Ave. & Main St.)
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The new International Student Research Fellowships sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will support talented science and engineering students during their third, fourth, and fifth year of graduate school.
HHMI’s fellowship program seeks to address a huge problem: international students often have difficulty securing funding for their studies. Most federal education and training grants, state scholarships, and other stipends are only for U.S. citizens.
“HHMI’s educational training program is about finding the best talent, regardless of where the students are from,” says HHMI President Robert Tjian, who first conceived of the new fellowship.
The fellowship awards are each worth $43,000. Sixty research institutions that collaborate with HHMI were eligible to nominate between one and ten graduate students for the fellowships.
The NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships are brand new grants to support graduate students pursuing masters or doctoral degrees in relevant space technologies and disciplines. The goal of the program is to provide the U.S. with a pipeline of highly skilled engineers and technologists to improve its competitiveness. NASA’s plan is to build up the program to support as many as 500 active students per year.
“These fellowships will develop America’s technology leaders for tomorrow, leaders that will help us out-innovate, out-educate and out-build our competitors and maintain our leadership in space,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “President Obama has said, ‘America’s competitiveness rests on the excellence of our citizens in technical fields.’ These grants are an investment in America’s intellectual capital and our nation’s future.”
2011 is the inaugural year for the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. Recently NASA announced that 81 deserving students from all over the U.S. have earned one of these fellowships. Vicki and I are thrilled to see that students from the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, and Cornell University represented 7 of the award winners. Curious if anyone from your school made the cut? See the full list of recipients.
One of my personal goals is to earn an MBA from one of the top business schools in the U.S. Months of rigorous preparation, testing, networking, and writing are just some of what is required to get into one of these programs. However, the stress associated with getting into a program, and the work required once in a program, often pales in comparison to the stress associated with paying for the program. What is one to do?
Many of the top business schools in the U.S. offer competitive full-tuition fellowships. Yes, full tuition! The requirements for each fellowship and school vary, but cumulatively, these fellowships represent more than 300 full-tuition awards per year, totaling somewhere north of $30M U.S. in funding.
Here is an excerpt from an article published in Bloomberg Businessweek talking about some of these fellowships:
“One of the management education world’s greatest secrets is the wide variety of full-tuition fellowship programs at business schools. There are more than you might think—University of Virgina’s Darden School of Business, for example, offers 61 full-tuition fellowships—and it is well worth taking the time to look into them during the application process. It could save you a cool $150,000, the average price for a two-year education at a top business school”.
Some of the notable schools identified in the article include Harvard, Stanford, Cornell (Johnson) and University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), just to name a few.
These are the types of opportunities we plan to add to the ProFellow database over the next year.
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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