If you are seeking information and resources on identifying fellowship opportunities, then you have come to the right place. As these programs make substantial awards to recipients, they are competitive and require applicants to follow their guidelines and procedures closely in order to be successful.
In addition to your faculty advisor, the CEC can help you determine what fellowships and grants are best suited to your professional and personal goals. We can provide you with resources to identify agencies and foundations that award both national and international fellowships for undergraduates. The Beatley Library is also an excellent resource for more information on grants and fellowships.
Understanding the definition of each fellowship and what it offers is your starting point. Then, creating a planning schedule is important in preparing your application and statement of purpose. The following are four fellowships recommend by Simmons faculty and the CEC:
The Boren Fellowship supports students who wish to study in underrepresented areas of the world and provides up to $20,000. The award requires a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 24 months of overseas work, domestic study, or a combination of the two. Applicants are expected to work for a national security agency with the Federal Government. The deadline for the Boren Fellowship is in late January and recipient notification is in early May. For more information, visit the Boren Fellowship site.
The Fulbright Fellowship is an educational exchange program that is sponsored by the U.S. government to allow selected students to travel, teach, study and conduct research in other countries around the world. Students can apply for research or teaching abroad. The most popular Fulbright Fellowship for undergraduate students is the teaching abroad fellowship that is part of the Fulbright US Student Program. If you are thinking or applying for a Fulbright, we recommend starting the process in early April/May of the year you intend to apply as the deadline is mid-October. For more information, visit the Fulbright site.
Morgan Stanley Institutional Equity Women's College Fellowship
Morgan Stanley's Institutional Equity Women's College Fellowship Program is a competitive scholarship opportunity for outstanding sophomore women. The program provides (i) a financial award for exceptional academic achievement, up to a total package of $41,000; and (ii) a summer internship with Morgan Stanley the summer prior to graduation. Eligible candidates must be enrolled as a sophomore at a four-year accredited institution at the time of their application. Applications are due between March and April. Interviews occur in April and May. Fellows are selected in May and spend 10 weeks interning in the Institutional Equities division the summer after their junior year.
Recommended for any sophomore with high academic standing (usually 3.3 GPA or above) and an interest in finance. Several Simmons students have been successful applicants in the past. Applications and information are made available via the CEC each spring. Learn more by contacting the CEC and by visiting the Morgan Stanley website.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation offers a $30,000 award toward earning a graduate degree in public service. Although the award is for graduate study, applicants must be a junior at an undergraduate institution at the time of application and demonstrate activities in student government or campus extracurricular activities. The application deadline is early February, and recipients of the fellowship are posted at the end of March. If chosen, applicants should be prepared to attend leadership week and an awards ceremony in Missouri. For more information, visit the Truman Scholarship site.
Unlike the three opportunities above, the Udall Scholarship program, sponsored by the Morris K. and Stuart L. Udall Foundation, is for current undergraduate students. Applicants for the Udall Scholarship should be students in the field of environmental science. Scholarships for up to $5000 will be awarded for tuition, room, board, text books and other institutional fees approved by the college. Students may apply for the Udall Fellowship twice - once during their sophomore year and once in their junior year. The deadline is in early March. For more information visit the Udall Foundation site.
Support for Grant and Fellowship Opportunities
If you are considering applying for a fellowship or grant and want to learn more, Simmons provides support in multiple ways. You should contact the Fellowship Advisor and head of the Student Fellowship Committee, Prof. Febles:
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Modern Languages & Literatures
As stated above, your faculty advisor is also an excellent place to start if you are interested in pursuing grant and fellowship opportunities. Additionally, if you are in the Honors Program you should meet with the faculty head of the program about your interest. In addition to these the Simmons Library career specialist can meet with you to provide assistance on the full range of grant and fellowship opportunities and finding further information. For guidance and support on all aspects of grants and fellowships, from research, to the application process, to decision-making about next steps you should contact the CEC and set up an appointment to meet with a career coach.
For More Information
The best place to start is with the Simmons Library Guide to Fellowships and Grants, where you can find not only a listing of specific grants and fellowships and links to their websites but access to additional resources, both in the Beatley print collection and online, to aid in locating grant and fellowship opportunities.
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