What is a Fellowship?


What is a fellowship?

A fellowship is a short-term, funded, merit-based opportunity to do something exceptional. 

What is the difference between a fellowship and a scholarship?

Scholarships provide funding to students for university tuition and other study-related expenses and can be either need-based or merit-based. Fellowships are strictly merit-based and provide funding for a unique work placement, professional training, independent projects, research, or graduate and doctoral study. Fellowships are offered in virtually all disciplines, at all career levels.

Why should I apply for a fellowship?

Fellowships are competitive and provide an opportunity to do or create something with the financial support, resources and freedom that a typical job cannot offer. Fellowships enhance your resume and provide networking opportunities with leaders in your career field. A fellowship might be your best opportunity to travel abroad, be your own boss, attend graduate school or publish a piece of work.

How do I apply for fellowships?

Applying for a fellowship is similar to applying for graduate school. A fellowship application typically requires several components, including question responses, a personal essay, resume, transcripts and two or more recommendation letters. Many fellowships also require a project proposal, and some fellowships require you to secure a host institution during the application process. Fellowship finalists typically participate in an in-person interview with a selection committee.

Fellowship deadlines are typically 6 to 12 months in advance of the the fellowship’s start date.

How can I find fellowships?

Sign-up to find fellowships in ProFellow’s free database that match your background, aspirations and interests.

How can I win a competitive fellowship?

Start with our Step-by-Step Guide For a Competitive Fellowship Application, read tips from fellowship winners and join our mailing list to receive our content and calls for applications.