During my seminars in Boston, I talked quite a bit about public policy fellowships that offer students and recent graduates an opportunity to work in local, state or federal government. These programs include the New York City Urban Fellows Program (I’m a 2001-2 alum), the City Hall Fellows Program in San Francisco and Baton Rouge, and the Capital City Fellows Program in Washington, DC.
I also recently learned about The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Havard Kennedy School sponsors a Public Policy Summer Fellowship for graduate students to spend a summer in key state and local agencies in the Greater Boston area. Students from all graduate schools in Greater Boston are eligible, including Tufts, Boston University, and MIT. Fellows participate in a weekly seminar series with leading practitioners and scholars and receive a $7000 stipend for the summer. Fellows have worked on a diverse range of projects that include: school reform plans, environmental risk assessment, public-private partnerships, community development projects, performance-management systems, racial bias in the juvenile justice system, health coverage for foster children, and reduction plans for greenhouse gases. The Rappaport Institute also offers a Summer Doctoral Public Policy Fellowship specifically for doctoral students.
Application deadlines for the 2012 fellowship programs have passed, but keep these programs in mind when considering fellowships next years. Applications deadlines for these programs normally fall between December – January for a fellowships beginning in the summer or fall.
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We’re psyched to announce that from Feb 27-29, 2012, I will be giving seminars at Boston-area universities on finding and applying to professional and academic fellowships. Participating universities include Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Tufts University’s Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Watch this page for updated times and locations.
This second tour will be even bigger and better than the last. I’ll provide insiders tips on how to prepare a competitive application, how to rock the individual and group interview, and how to make the most of your fellowship experience. I’ll also give an overview of a wide range of fellowships for graduate school, career advancement and experiences abroad. Stay tuned for announcements as we finalize our plans. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.
We hope to see you there!
Both American and international journalists can apply for a series of Nieman Foundation Fellowships for a year of learning, exploration and networking at Harvard University. Nieman Fellowships are awarded to print, broadcast and online reporters, editors, photographers, producers, editorial writers and cartoonists with at least five years of full-time, professional experience in the news media.
One is the Reynolds Fellowships in Community Journalism, offered to journalists who work at a U.S. daily or weekly newspaper with a circulation less than 50,000, or those doing online work for community newspaper. Another is the Arts & Culture Reporting Fellowship, which recognizes the work of journalists who strive to influence greater public appreciation of the arts. Several other specialized journalism fellowships are on offer.
Nieman Fellows live on campus for a year and have the opportunity to audit Harvard courses and participate in weekly seminars and talks by Harvard faculty and leading journalists, as well as writing and multi-media workshops. Each Monday evening one Fellow tells his or her story and hosts an informal meal afterward, affectionately known as a “Sounding”. The seminar room is packed for each Sounding, testimony to its standing as one of the most popular parts of the program.
“You have no bosses, no deadlines, no pressures. The country’s greatest university says come for an academic year, we like you, and study whatever you want. Broaden your horizons, stretch your mind.” — Nieman Curator Howard Simons, 1989
What more do you need to know? Applications are due January 31, 2012.
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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