Dear Class of 2021,
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! As you plan for the future, please consider applying for national fellowships. They are fully funded, usually year-long programs that support a range of global experiences, from research to graduate study to English teaching.
I especially encourage you to consider the Fulbright Study/Research or English Teaching Assistant grants, which allow you to spend a year in one of 100+ participating countries, pursuing independent research or graduate study or teaching English in the classroom. They are open to graduating seniors and recent alumni who are U.S. citizens, and they don’t have a minimum GPA requirement.
If you have clearly defined professional interests supported by experience, consider the Luce Scholarship, which provides a year-long professional placement at an organization in Asia.
Explore our website to learn about other fellowship opportunities and watch short video testimonials from recent applicants.
Application cycles for fellowships are almost a year long to allow for several stages of application review. Apply this fall for programs that take place in 2022-23. See campus deadlines on our website.
To learn more about applying for fellowships, please watch this recording. Fellowships Assistant Genesis Garcia ’22 and I talk about what fellowships are, what experiences they fund, who can apply, and why you should be thinking about them. I also encourage you to watch this recording, in which recent fellowship applicants from Wesleyan share their experiences and advice.
You’re also welcome to sign up for a video appointment on my calendar to talk about choosing the right program and planning the application process.
Finally, if you plan to apply for a national fellowship, either in this application cycle or in the future, you’re warmly invited to participate in the virtual summer application writing sessions. Research shows that writers who write with others are happier, more productive, and more successful.
The virtual application writing sessions will be held every other Tuesday from 7:30 to 9pm ET at the following Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 978 0741 5070
The session dates are as follows:
Each session will start with goal setting and end with reflection on the work you’ve done. For best results, I encourage you to commit to a set number of sessions. We may talk a little in the beginning, in person or in the chat, then mute ourselves and write. Cameras are always optional.
I’m looking forward to talking to you!
Magdalena Zapędowska, Ph.D. [za-pen-doff-ska]
Assistant Director, Fellowships | Fries Center for Global Studies
201D Fisk Hall, 262 High St. | Middletown, CT 06459, USA