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Use the search field or browse the categories to the right to find fellowships, scholarships, and internships that fit your academic interests.

Please note that the information provided here is for general reference only and accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Visit the websites provided for detailed information on each fellowship or scholarship.

Have questions or an update to this page? Please send a message to the College of Arts & Sciences at cas@jcu.edu.

Need more information about major fellowships, scholarships, and internships? Ready to apply to a program and looking for some advice? There are plenty of resources on campus.

Campus coordinators of fellowships and scholarships:

  • Coordination of Major Fellowships and Scholarships: The Honors Program office has experience with many major fellowships and scholarships. Dr. Angie Jones, the Honors Program Director, can be of help to any student (not only Honors Program members) with regard to the application process.
  • Study Abroad Scholarships: There is an excellent list of links to funding sources for Study Abroad experiences on the website of the Center for Global Education. Scholarships and fellowships for Study Abroad experiences are coordinated through this office.

Faculty and administrators who are affiliated with particular fellowship programs:

Other Campus Resources:

  • The Center for Career Services can help you identify the areas of study that are a good fit for your skills and career plan, give you feedback about how to strengthen your resume, and help you prepare for an interview.
  • The JCU Writing Center can help you prepare a strong application essay and personal statement and can look over your application materials to correct any errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
  • The Reference Librarians at Grasselli Library can help you compile resources to compose a strong research proposal.
  • The Vault Database is a searchable database of competitive internship opportunities. You must create a username and password when you first log in. Database access for all JCU students is provided through Grasselli Library.

Tips for Applying to Fellowships and Scholarships

Understanding the Application Process

Nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships for undergraduate research projects, study abroad, or graduate study usually involve an application process that begins up to a year (and usually not fewer than six months) in advance of the program commencing. Applications usually require transcripts, personal statement, two or more letters of recommendation, and a research proposal or several short thematic essays. Many fellowships and scholarships establish strict criteria regarding grades, citizenship, and proposed fields of study.

  1. Follow instructions carefully.
  2. Plan well in advance to meet deadlines; late applications will rarely, if ever, receive consideration.
  3. Plan to revise your materials, likely more than once.
Selecting a Fellowship or Scholarship

Apply for a fellowship to which you are clearly eligible, and which suits your career or study plans. Propose a project or study for which you are adequately prepared. It is not a good use of your own resources (or those of recommenders or advisors) if your application does not speak strongly to your proposed undertaking.

Finding a Faculty Mentor

Identify a faculty member to work with on drafting and revising application materials – s/he could be an advisor, a faculty member with whom you’ve worked in a lab or on an independent project, the Honors Program Director, the campus representative for the fellowship or scholarship, or someone else who knows you well and with whom you can work. See for more information about people on campus who are connected with particular fellowships.

Writing the Personal Statement

The personal statement, like a persuasive essay or a research abstract, is its own genre. Part of the challenge of writing a personal statement is to master this genre. Resources abound which can assist you in writing your personal statement – some tips from several sources are summarized here.

  1. All of the documents you submit are writing samples; all the rules of good writing (considerations of audience and purpose, clarity, conviction, and correctness) apply. They are read as indications of clear and organized thinking and effective communication.
  2. Use your personal statement to present a compelling snapshot of who you are, what contributions you want to make, what your priorities are, and how you will do them in a way that sets you apart from other applicants.
  3. Your personal statement should read as a coherent narrative, in which you might start with an engaging opening, highlight a few points that you want to develop, offer one or two concrete examples to support your argument, and close with rhetorical flourish.
  4. Be honest about your ambitions, accomplishments, and plans; avoid the “ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to do …” approach.
  5. Personal statements are usually short (one or two pages); keep to word limits and all other guidelines and avoid repetition within your application by using your personal statement to say what other sections do not.
  6. Proofread. Have perfect spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  7. Visit the JCU Writing Center for assistance.
  8. Draft your materials early to allow time to consult advisors (faculty for critique of proposal content; campus representatives for detailed information on the award and application tips).
Preparing a Research Proposal or Project Description
  1. Research thoroughly the grant for which you are applying. Each fellowship has not only requirements, but a specific mission. Align your proposal to the mission and vision of the fellowship for which you are applying.
  2. Think of your application essay(s) as a part of a larger whole (including the letters from your recommenders, and any other supporting documents such as a list of activities and awards, resume, or transcripts).
  3. If available, review successful proposals for the fellowship, especially those in your discipline. If the funder does not provide examples, ask your faculty mentor if s/he has models.
  4. Begin your proposal with a one-sentence statement of purpose for the project you are seeking to fund. Identify why your work is important, how it will enrich your field of study and how it will contribute to society.
  5. Consider your audience; write for an intelligent, non-specialist. Make sure the terminology will be understandable to someone outside your field. The tone should be neither too academic nor too personal. Aim for economy, enthusiasm, and directness; eloquence is welcome, but not at the expense of substance or honesty.
  6. Consider what about your project makes it noteworthy and different from the work of other individuals in your field, and provide concrete examples as testimony.
  7. Make sure all information is accurate and that you will be prepared to discuss in some detail anything you mention.
Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Choose appropriate recommenders – faculty who know you well and in whose courses you’ve done your best work. Ask for recommendations with as much advance notice as possible, thereby allowing enough time for strong letters. You should give recommenders at least two weeks notice, preferably more. Provide your recommenders with general information on the award and drafts of all application materials.

Following Up on your Application
  1. Keep in touch with your faculty mentors. Even if you don’t get the fellowship, let recommenders know the status of your application.
  2. If you are invited to interview, ask your faculty mentor or campus representative for the fellowship to arrange a mock interview. Be sure to provide him or her materials you receive in preparation of the actual interview.
  3. If you are selected for an interview, research the donor or funding organization, read the online interview reports from past finalists and winners and speak with previous winners if possible.

Advice for Writing Grant and Fellowship Proposals – a compilation of resources from the University of Notre Dame

Tips for Preparing an Effective Personal Statement – the Truman Scholarship Foundation

How to Win a Graduate Fellowship – the Chronicle of Higher Education

Success Stories

JCU alums have had great success with nationally competitive fellowships, scholarships, and internships. Here are a few success stories from JCU graduates and current students:

Fulbright Fellowships:

John Carroll University graduate Diana Naoum ’14 was awarded a prestigious Fulbright teaching assistantship in Turkey for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Naoum is from Solon, Ohio and graduated with a degree in Political Science. She is now teaching English to students in a new university being established by the Turkish Higher Education Council.

Other students who have received Fulbrights to teach abroad in past years include:

  • Jack Morton, Ukraine (2013)
  • Roberto Santosdiaz, South Korea (2012)
  • Kelly Crawford, South Korea (2011)
  • Matthew Joyce, China (2011)
  • Josh Marcin, El Salvador (2010)
  • Dina Baky, France (2010)

Gilman Fellowships:

Two students were awarded Gilman Fellowships to study abroad in the Spring semester 2015 Anthony Elkadi ’16 studied at the Universidad del Pacifico, Peru and Hannah Patterson ’16 studied at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, China.

Other JCU students who have received Gilman awards to study abroad in past years include:

  • Mariah White, ’15, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Jennifer Tran, China
  • Andre Louie, England
  • Donovan Durr, South Korea

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowships:

  • Jacqueline Wyman ’12 (2012-13)

Émigré Memorial German Internship Program:

  • Michael Paskert ’14 (2012-2013)