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Frequently Asked Questions

Jess Chow '09, Fulbright recipient in China
What kind of fellowship programs and services are available?
We are available to offer one-on-one, in-person, Skype, or phone advising throughout the calendar year. You can schedule a half-hour or hour-long appointment with the fellowships director. Information sessions and workshops are also offered throughout the year. Please visit our events page for more information on upcoming presentations.

What advice do you have for me as a first-year?
During your first year, it may seem that fellowships are too far in the future to be a priority; yet as a first-year student you have the most flexibility in shaping your future at Colgate in ways that will make you competitive for these prestigious fellowships and awards. If you approach your college education with the goal of taking advantage of many opportunities, both academic and extracurricular, and thus in the process craft an ideal education for yourself, it is likely that you will have made yourself competitive for several awards. It's never too early to start.

Besides an outstanding academic record, fellowship recipients must have developed a knowledge and curiosity about the world in which they live and have substantial records of leadership and civic engagement.

Maintain an interest in the news. Keep up to date with what is happening in the world. Involve yourself in activities and take a leadership role.

Get to know your faculty and your advisers so that you make good decisions about courses along the way.

Please make an appointment with the fellowship adviser to discuss your four-year plan.

Who is available for help and advice?
The Assistant Dean for Fellowship Advising, Kim Germain, provides extensive advisement and support to students who are interested in pursuing these opportunities. This advisement includes everything from finding awards that fit you and your goals, to securing a good set of recommenders, to writing a strong application that puts your best foot forward in the competition.

For an appointment, contact the Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships.

Faculty in your field of interest are invaluable resources in brainstorming ideas, offering guidance and critiques of your written proposal or project. They also have a network of colleagues and contacts to draw upon.

Past recipients, whom you may contact after communicating with our office, can give you firsthand information and advice about their experiences during the application process and what their fellowship experience was like.

How do I decide what fellowships to target?
Review the lists of available fellowships, including both those that require a nomination, and those that do not. Create a list of all that interest you.

For each fellowship, make sure you meet the stated eligibility requirements and make sure your aims are compatible with the goals of the fellowship. Focus on those fellowships that provide the strongest match between the fellowship's requirements and mission and your own strengths and goals.