1 OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Campus Fellowship AdvisorTamara Valentine, Director, Honors ProgramDaniel Villanueva, Assistant Director
2 Overview What makes a candidate stand out? What are international fellowships?Who is eligible for an international fellowship?What does it take to apply?How do these fellowships differ?If I am eligible for one of these fellowships and want to apply, what do I do next?
3 Office of Undergraduate & Graduate Fellowships Coordinated by the Honors ProgramInstitutional Representative (NAFA)Assistance and advice on application processInformationGuidanceReviewScreeningPanel of experts and consulting facultySubmissionExternal Fellowship CommitteeDatabase: unr.edu/honors (External Links)
4 International Fellowships and Scholarships Fulbright US Student ProgramDAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)Gates CambridgeGilman (USAC)British MarshallUS-Ireland Alliance; George J. Mitchell ScholarshipNat’l Security Ed Program NSEP (“Boren”)Boren Scholarship: undergradBoren Fellowship: gradPhi Kappa PhiRhodes Scholarship
5 Applying for Scholarships Nationally competitiveMerit-basedProvides full expensesPrestigious: national recognition and prestige, opens doors, builds resumes, ticket to additional funding, professional networkingOpportunity for study, travel, research, continued educationTime and Preparation: successful applicants plan early: application, proposal, personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, interview,University nominationCampus and national deadlines
6 How Do You Stand Out? Academic Work (intellectual foundation) Research Professional ExperienceProfessional & Personal ContactsLeadership PotentialCommunity ServiceEntrepreneurshipTeaching ExperienceWork ExperiencePersonal ExperienceTravelOther languages!!!Alexander (Sasha) Kolosovich, biology - research at Lake Baikal, Russia
7 Student Profile: What it takes to apply Academic merit: high GPASpecific career goalsWillingness to contribute to a field of studyPassion and commitmentProfessional and academic relationshipsPublic service: unpaid internships, volunteer activities, school/professional/community activitiesLeadership skillsGood interpersonal skillsCommunication skills: written and spokenCompassionWell-rounded citizen of the nation and the worldTime, preparation, motivation
8 What is Involved? Basic components Application: online application and hard copiesAcademic Proposal/Statement of Purposewhat you want to do, why, where, how, and whenPersonal Statement: presents a picture of yourselfResearch ProjectActivities List/Academic Resume: academic, scholarship, professional, leadership, serviceReferences: 3-8 references (ongoing relationships)TranscriptsEvidence of creative works: performances, videosUniversity NominationInterviewDeadlines: campus deadline; national deadline
9 Fellowship Differences Number of awardeesPurpose: international research & study; post-grad opportunitiesEligibility requirementsSelection criteriaAward amounts and benefitsField of study and career objectivesLanguage requirementsScreening processUniversity nomination or endorsementDeadlines: campus and national
11 Fall Deadlines Study, travel, research International fellowships Apply graduating senior yearMust have bachelor’s degree to accept awardSarah Hillenbrand, German, ETA Germany
12 Undergraduate Study Abroad Grant 50 - $1000 awardsOpen to all fieldsCum GPA 3.75Applied/accepted to study abroad program by April 1Accredited study between May 1 and June 30Apply online; submit to PKP by April 1Non-PKP can apply
13 Boren Undergraduate Scholarships David L. Boren Awards for International Study1991Boren Undergraduate ScholarshipsFor language study in world regions critical to U.S. nat’l security: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle EastUndergraduates major in a most fieldsAward: Up to $8,000/summer, $10,000/semester and $20,000/yearDeadlines:Campus: early JanuaryNat’l February 13, 2013Pre-arranged programs administered by a U.S. institution, an overseas institution, or a third-party providerHas a federal employment requirement equal to the length of scholarship supportNSEP Service Requirement: Recipients may seek work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State or the Intelligence Community.Campus Advisor: USAC office
14 Boren Graduate Fellowships David L. Boren Awards for International Study1991Boren Graduate FellowshipsFor study, research, and internships in world regions critical to U.S. nat’l security: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle EastDegree-seeking graduate students design their own programs. Study of a foreign language integralAward$12,000/semester$24,000/yearHas a federal employment requirement equal to the length of scholarship supportNSEP Service requirement: Recipients may seek work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State or the Intelligence Community.The application will be available in late-August 2012Application deadline January 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
15 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship For undergraduates who are recipients of or will receive Pell GrantsMust be accepted or applying to a study-abroad program accredited in USAMore than 2,300 awarded yearlyUp to $5K granted (avg. $4K)Traditionally under-represented populations encouraged to applyFall and AY deadlinesStudent: March 5Advisor: March 12
16 For study in Germany only Some fellowships require German proficiency, many do not.Undergraduate + graduateFull-year, semesterlong and summerVarying dates and deadlines – see which interest you and ask us for more information!https://www.daad.org/scholarship
18 DAAD Undergraduate Options Undergraduate ScholarshipsScholarships for 4 to 10 months of study, thesis research or an internship for students in any academic field. German proficiency preferred but not required.Study ScholarshipScholarships for graduating Seniors to complete one academic year of study or a full graduate degree program in Germany. German proficiency required.RISE - Research Internships in Science and EngineeringSummertime internships with German doctoral students at universities and research institutions--no German required!RISE professionalUndergrads who are DAAD alumni can apply for these summer internships with German companies.University Summer Course GrantSummer courses at German universities to help build your language skills while studying anything from film to politics to engineering.internXchangeAn 11-week summer program in Berlin for American journalism and communications students. Advanced-intermediate German needed.Study and Internship Program (SIP)A full academic semester of study abroad at one of the UAS7 universities in Germany followed by a one-semester professional internship experience in a company or research institute in Germany. German language skills preferred but not required.German Studies Research GrantFunding for research in the US or Germany in all areas of contemporary German Studies.EMGIP - Bundestag InternshipTwo months in the German parliament for students who are fluent in German.
19 DAAD Graduate OptionsStudy Scholarship + Study Scholarship for Artists, Musicians, Actors and Dancers (10-month stipend to study at any German university; renewable, can be used to pursue a full Master’s Degree, max. 4 semesters. Applicants in arts, humanities, social sciences must have good command of German)Research Grant (10-month stipend to pursue Ph.D. research; renewable, can be used to pursue full Ph.D. in Germany within 4 years. Applicants in arts, humanities, social sciences must have good command of German)University Summer Course Grant (4-week stipends to study German language)RISE professional (1.5 – 6 month stipends for professional internships)Intensive Language Courses in Germany (stipends for 8-week German languages courses, not granted to German language, literature or translation students)Intern Exchange (8- week summer program for journalists with intermediate German)German Studies Research Grant (1-2 months, for M.A. students in German Studies)Summer Law School (for students in 2nd or 3rd year of law school, German skills preferred)
20 Fulbright Program for U.S. Students 1946U.S. government’s premiere international scholarship“To promote cross-cultural interaction and foster mutual understanding through engagement in the community” among nations through cultural and educational exchanges150+ nations currently involvedResearch, teaching, study, special programsMust be a U.S. citizen and hold a bachelor’s degreeSufficient fluency in written and spoken language of host countryApply Senior year or with bachelor’s degree1100 awards granted: round-trip transportation, language courses, tuition, books, research allow-ance, and health insuranceDeadlines:Campus: AugustNational: October 20s
21 Types of Grants Available Full GrantsAirfareHealth insuranceMonthly maintenanceIn some cases,Dependent supportTuitionLanguage coursesResearch AllowancesTravel Grants(Germany, Hungary, Italy)Over 50 English Teaching Assistantship opportunities worldwideSpecial ProgramsBusiness (Australia, Mexico, Netherlands, & Spain)Critical Language Enhancement AwardsFulbright-mtvU Awards
22 Two Types of Fulbright Grants http://us.fulbrightonline.org Research/Study Grant~1,000 awards8-12 months140 countriesIndependent research, study, or creative and performing arts projects abroadEnglish Teaching Assistantships:~600 awards20-30 hours a week helping to teach English and U.S. culture in the classroomRemaining time spent on a community-focused project
23 2013-2014 English Teaching Assistantships Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vietnam Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela Sub-Saharan Africa: Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa Middle East & North Africa: Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman Europe: Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine 685 grants available for 2011 (in ,038 applicants)
24 2013-2014 Critical Language Enhancement Award Provides additional funding for language study for eligible Fulbright Grantees who intend to use a critical language for their projectGoal to cultivate higher levels of language proficiency prior to, during and beyond the regular Fulbright grant periodApplication for CLEA is made in conjunction with the Fulbright Program applicationAlexandra Lutz, engineering“Water Resource Sustainability of Malian Community Wells”
25 2013-2014 Critical Language Enhancement Award Eligible Languages: Arabic (all dialects), Bahasa Indonesia, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin only), Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Russian, and UrduEligible Countries:China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, RussiaAlexandra Lutz, engineering“Water Resource Sustainability of Malian Community Wells”
26 Rhodes1904Student earns master’s degree (2-yr) at Oxford University; any area of studyBe a U.S. citizen, between years, and have a GPA of at least a 3.9Pays tuition and fees , stipend, travel~ $50,000/yr32 awards given (900 ap)Apply: senior year (start app in sophomore year)University nominationInterviewDeadlines:Campus: AprilNational: Oct
29 Students attend the University of Cambridge (1-4 yrs) 1994Students attend the University of Cambridge (1-4 yrs)Need bachelor’s degree and to be admitted to Cambridge and a constituent college in any fieldResearch distinction as undergraduate“Create a network of future leaders”Covers University fees, a maintenance allowance, and roundtrip airfareNeed to show sustained academic achievement40 awarded to U.S.Deadlines: Oct 16 for U.S.(Internat’l deadlines)
31 University nomination Up to 33 awards given (1,000 apps) 1953Students attend any of 89 universities in U.K. for one-two years of studyBe a U.S. citizen, have at least a 3.7 GPA, and a degree from a 4-year college or universityUniversity nominationUp to 33 awards given (1,000 apps)Award ($42,000) includes a personal allowance for:cost of livingarrival allowancetuition, fees, booksdaily expensesapproved travelthesis preparationand fares to and from the U.S.DeadlinesCampus: AprilNational: October
32 UNR names 2012 MarshallReno native Max Alderman graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Nevada-Reno with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science. A Thompson, National Merit, and Carrie Layman Scholar, Max focuses on twentieth-century continental philosophy and compared the early ontology of Jean-Paul Sartre to Emmanuel Levinas' metaphysics in his honor's thesis. At Warwick University, he will pursue an MPhil in philosophy. Max is a two-time national champion of collegiate parliamentary debate, as well as the 2011 Debate All-American and a US Department of State Critical Language Scholar. Outside the classroom, he enjoys art, theater, LGBTQ activism, and eating massive amounts of cookies.
34 George Mitchell Scholarship 2000Demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to community and public service.Awards one year of post-grad study: tuition, board, stipend and travel expensesApply directly to the Us- Ireland AllianceDeadlines:Campus: AugustNational: October 10For one year of graduate study at one of the nine Irish Universities in Ireland (7) or Northern Ireland (2)12 awards given in any discipline offered at institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland (250 apps)Apply: Senior year18-30 years old3.7 GPA or better
37 Start looking for a good fit Resources on campus to look for scholarships and opportunitiesOffice of Undergraduate and Graduate FellowshipsHonors Program postingsGraduate SchoolHonorary Societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Golden KeyUSAC: Boren, GilmanOther resourcesSearch engines on the webKnowledge CenterCommunity groups (Rotary clubs)Other university scholarship/fellowship websitesUniversity departments and faculty
38 Consult Fellowship Website Explore the foundation websiteExplore other universities’ websites and resourcesReview the mission and purpose of eachReview eligibility requirementsReview selection criteriaReview past winners and other websitesReview guidelines and deadlinesDownload applicationMake appointment with fellowship advisorGather application materials and supporting documentation: transcripts, letters, references, language reports
39 Questions? Next…some strategies for successful applications.
40 Application TipsStart the application process early, especially for scholarships like the Rhodes and British Marshall. You are in competition with students who have been planning this for years.Apps are often due one year in advance of the start of the grant period. Campus deadlines are 2-6 months in advance.Gather application materialsStart writingContact referencesGive yourself enough time when writing proposals or personal statements to revise several timesContact your references early; provide your resume and portfolio, information on the fellowship, and dates.Submit complete application. Proofread.
41 Academic RecordMaintain a high GPA, especially in core courses and major. Most prestigious scholarship foundations look for GPAs of 3.9 or higher.Take challenging classesHonors classes: advanced, accelerated, challengingDouble majorClasses outside your majorForeign language coursesIndependent-study, special topics, and research projectsPresentations/conferences/posters
42 Involve Yourself in your Discipline Research activities(Honors) Senior thesis or undergraduate researchIndividual or team researchPublic showing, presentation, posterConferences, faculty presentations, lecturersHonorary and academic societies in discipline, student-run organizations, professional organizationsInternshipsInternational experience
43 Networking: Professional, Academic, Social Be a good studentDevelop relationships with faculty membersSeek opportunities to work with facultyAttend professional meetings and faculty lecturesOffer your talents/skills
44 Community Service Service-learning integrated in college classes Volunteerism on and off campusInternational ServiceInitiate a service projectCommitment over time: logged in hoursNevada Volunteers
45 Stay Competitive: Take Risks Competitive spiritEnter student contests, awards, prizesApply for competitive scholarshipsGet involved in sports or other extracurricular activitiesGet involved in student governanceNational and world citizenshipInitiate a community/national/international projectKeep current: read the New York Times, US News & World Report, National Review, The NationAttend cultural eventsTravel
46 Communication Skills Read, Write, Speak often Publications, school newspaper, tv, or radioPresentations, panel discussions, or poster sessions (practice speaking in front of groups)Writing essay contestsCommunication/speech classes
47 Defining the Personal Essay? How do you stand out? Generating DetailArticulate a personal or professional inspirationDiscuss academic background or research skillsEstablish long-term objectivesRelate to specifics about the target programA personal statement is:A picture of who you are as a personAn invitation to the reader to know youAn indication of your priorities and judgmentYour story of creative, meaningful self-reflectionLength: words
48 Recommendation Letters Seek letters from people who know you and can speak knowledgeably about your talents and abilities.Get to know professors, advisors, administrators, and other employees and forge good relationships with them.Initiate contact by going to their offices with questions or comments.Work with professors on research projects.Look for opportunities for career and scholarship networking, mentoring relationships, and potential letter writers.
49 PracticeDo your homework: apply for scholarships, fellowships, and awards that fit your record and future goalsAttend campus events and workshops: Prof’l and Grad School Planning; USAC; Fellowship meetings; writing workshopsApply for large and small scholarships. Get used to the application process.Ask several faculty members to proofread your research proposal or essays.Revise, revise, revise.Participate in mock interviews. Many scholarships require several interviews.
50 Questions?Contact information:Dr. Daniel VillanuevaDr. Tamara Valentine(775)Jot Travis Building, 11A, under the Overlook Café'