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Campus Fellowship Advisor Tamara Valentine, Director, Honors Program Daniel 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 Program Institutional Representative (NAFA) Assistance and advice on application process Information Guidance Review Screening Panel of experts and consulting faculty Submission External Fellowship Committee Database: (External Links)

4 International Fellowships and Scholarships
Fulbright US Student Program DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Gates Cambridge Gilman (USAC) British Marshall US-Ireland Alliance; George J. Mitchell Scholarship Nat’l Security Ed Program NSEP (“Boren”) Boren Scholarship: undergrad Boren Fellowship: grad Phi Kappa Phi Rhodes Scholarship

5 Applying for Scholarships
Nationally competitive Merit-based Provides full expenses Prestigious: national recognition and prestige, opens doors, builds resumes, ticket to additional funding, professional networking Opportunity for study, travel, research, continued education Time and Preparation: successful applicants plan early: application, proposal, personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, interview, University nomination Campus and national deadlines

6 How Do You Stand Out? Academic Work (intellectual foundation) Research
Professional Experience Professional & Personal Contacts Leadership Potential Community Service Entrepreneurship Teaching Experience Work Experience Personal Experience Travel Other languages!!! Alexander (Sasha) Kolosovich, biology - research at Lake Baikal, Russia

7 Student Profile: What it takes to apply
Academic merit: high GPA Specific career goals Willingness to contribute to a field of study Passion and commitment Professional and academic relationships Public service: unpaid internships, volunteer activities, school/professional/community activities Leadership skills Good interpersonal skills Communication skills: written and spoken Compassion Well-rounded citizen of the nation and the world Time, preparation, motivation

8 What is Involved? Basic components
Application: online application and hard copies Academic Proposal/Statement of Purpose what you want to do, why, where, how, and when Personal Statement: presents a picture of yourself Research Project Activities List/Academic Resume: academic, scholarship, professional, leadership, service References: 3-8 references (ongoing relationships) Transcripts Evidence of creative works: performances, videos University Nomination Interview Deadlines: campus deadline; national deadline

9 Fellowship Differences
Number of awardees Purpose: international research & study; post-grad opportunities Eligibility requirements Selection criteria Award amounts and benefits Field of study and career objectives Language requirements Screening process University nomination or endorsement Deadlines: campus and national

10 International Fellowships and Scholarships and campus/national application deadlines
*Fulbright campus: Aug ; nat’l: October *DAAD varying; consult office *Rhodes campus: April; nat’l: October *British Marshall campus: April; nat’l: October *US-Ireland Alliance (Mitchell) campus: Aug; nat’l: October *Gates Cambridge Campus: Aug; nat’l: October *Phi Kappa Phi April Rotary Scholarships February/April yearly Gilman Int’l Scholarship (USAC) sum/fall: March; spr: Oct Boren (USAC) campus:early Jan; nat’l: Jan 31

11 Fall Deadlines Study, travel, research International fellowships
Apply graduating senior year Must have bachelor’s degree to accept award Sarah Hillenbrand, German, ETA Germany

12 Undergraduate Study Abroad Grant
50 - $1000 awards Open to all fields Cum GPA 3.75 Applied/accepted to study abroad program by April 1 Accredited study between May 1 and June 30 Apply online; submit to PKP by April 1 Non-PKP can apply

13 Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
David L. Boren Awards for International Study 1991 Boren Undergraduate Scholarships For 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 East Undergraduates major in a most fields Award: Up to $8,000/summer, $10,000/semester and $20,000/year Deadlines: Campus: early January Nat’l February 13, 2013 Pre-arranged programs administered by a U.S. institution, an overseas institution, or a third-party provider Has a federal employment requirement equal to the length of scholarship support NSEP 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 Study 1991 Boren Graduate Fellowships For 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 East Degree-seeking graduate students design their own programs. Study of a foreign language integral Award $12,000/semester $24,000/year Has a federal employment requirement equal to the length of scholarship support NSEP 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 2012 Application 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 Grants Must be accepted or applying to a study-abroad program accredited in USA More than 2,300 awarded yearly Up to $5K granted (avg. $4K) Traditionally under-represented populations encouraged to apply Fall and AY deadlines Student: March 5 Advisor: March 12

16 For study in Germany only
Some fellowships require German proficiency, many do not. Undergraduate + graduate Full-year, semesterlong and summer Varying dates and deadlines – see which interest you and ask us for more information!


18 DAAD Undergraduate Options
Undergraduate Scholarships Scholarships 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 Scholarship Scholarships 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 Engineering Summertime internships with German doctoral students at universities and research institutions--no German required! RISE professional Undergrads who are DAAD alumni can apply for these summer internships with German companies. University Summer Course Grant Summer courses at German universities to help build your language skills while studying anything from film to politics to engineering. internXchange An 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 Grant Funding for research in the US or Germany in all areas of contemporary German Studies. EMGIP - Bundestag Internship Two months in the German parliament for students who are fluent in German.

19 DAAD Graduate Options Study 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
1946 U.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 exchanges 150+ nations currently involved Research, teaching, study, special programs Must be a U.S. citizen and hold a bachelor’s degree Sufficient fluency in written and spoken language of host country Apply Senior year or with bachelor’s degree 1100 awards granted: round-trip transportation, language courses, tuition, books, research allow-ance, and health insurance Deadlines: Campus: August National: October 20s

21 Types of Grants Available
Full Grants Airfare Health insurance Monthly maintenance In some cases, Dependent support Tuition Language courses Research Allowances Travel Grants (Germany, Hungary, Italy) Over 50 English Teaching Assistantship opportunities worldwide Special Programs Business (Australia, Mexico, Netherlands, & Spain) Critical Language Enhancement Awards Fulbright-mtvU Awards

22 Two Types of Fulbright Grants
Research/Study Grant ~1,000 awards 8-12 months 140 countries Independent research, study, or creative and performing arts projects abroad English Teaching Assistantships: ~600 awards 20-30 hours a week helping to teach English and U.S. culture in the classroom Remaining 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 project Goal to cultivate higher levels of language proficiency prior to, during and beyond the regular Fulbright grant period Application for CLEA is made in conjunction with the Fulbright Program application Alexandra 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 Urdu Eligible Countries: China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Russia Alexandra Lutz, engineering “Water Resource Sustainability of Malian Community Wells”

26 Rhodes 1904 Student earns master’s degree (2-yr) at Oxford University; any area of study Be a U.S. citizen, between years, and have a GPA of at least a 3.9 Pays tuition and fees , stipend, travel ~ $50,000/yr 32 awards given (900 ap) Apply: senior year (start app in sophomore year) University nomination Interview Deadlines: Campus: April National: Oct

27 Rhodes House at Oxford

28 Bill Clinton, Rhodes Scholar 1968

29 Students attend the University of Cambridge (1-4 yrs)
1994 Students attend the University of Cambridge (1-4 yrs) Need bachelor’s degree and to be admitted to Cambridge and a constituent college in any field Research distinction as undergraduate “Create a network of future leaders” Covers University fees, a maintenance allowance, and roundtrip airfare Need to show sustained academic achievement 40 awarded to U.S. Deadlines: Oct 16 for U.S. (Internat’l deadlines)

30 Cambridge

31 University nomination Up to 33 awards given (1,000 apps)
1953 Students attend any of 89 universities in U.K. for one-two years of study Be a U.S. citizen, have at least a 3.7 GPA, and a degree from a 4-year college or university University nomination Up to 33 awards given (1,000 apps) Award ($42,000) includes a personal allowance for: cost of living arrival allowance tuition, fees, books daily expenses approved travel thesis preparation and fares to and from the U.S. Deadlines Campus: April National: October

32 UNR names 2012 Marshall Reno 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.

33 Study in Ireland? Trinity College, Dublin

34 George Mitchell Scholarship
2000 Demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to community and public service. Awards one year of post-grad study: tuition, board, stipend and travel expenses Apply directly to the Us- Ireland Alliance Deadlines: Campus: August National: October 10 For 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 year 18-30 years old 3.7 GPA or better

35 University College, Dublin

36 Preparing for a Prestigious Scholarship

37 Start looking for a good fit
Resources on campus to look for scholarships and opportunities Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships Honors Program postings Graduate School Honorary Societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key USAC: Boren, Gilman Other resources Search engines on the web Knowledge Center Community groups (Rotary clubs) Other university scholarship/fellowship websites University departments and faculty

38 Consult Fellowship Website
Explore the foundation website Explore other universities’ websites and resources Review the mission and purpose of each Review eligibility requirements Review selection criteria Review past winners and other websites Review guidelines and deadlines Download application Make appointment with fellowship advisor Gather application materials and supporting documentation: transcripts, letters, references, language reports

39 Questions? Next…some strategies for successful applications.

40 Application Tips Start 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 materials Start writing Contact references Give yourself enough time when writing proposals or personal statements to revise several times Contact your references early; provide your resume and portfolio, information on the fellowship, and dates. Submit complete application. Proofread.

41 Academic Record Maintain a high GPA, especially in core courses and major. Most prestigious scholarship foundations look for GPAs of 3.9 or higher. Take challenging classes Honors classes: advanced, accelerated, challenging Double major Classes outside your major Foreign language courses Independent-study, special topics, and research projects Presentations/conferences/posters

42 Involve Yourself in your Discipline
Research activities (Honors) Senior thesis or undergraduate research Individual or team research Public showing, presentation, poster Conferences, faculty presentations, lecturers Honorary and academic societies in discipline, student-run organizations, professional organizations Internships International experience

43 Networking: Professional, Academic, Social
Be a good student Develop relationships with faculty members Seek opportunities to work with faculty Attend professional meetings and faculty lectures Offer your talents/skills

44 Community Service Service-learning integrated in college classes
Volunteerism on and off campus International Service Initiate a service project Commitment over time: logged in hours Nevada Volunteers

45 Stay Competitive: Take Risks
Competitive spirit Enter student contests, awards, prizes Apply for competitive scholarships Get involved in sports or other extracurricular activities Get involved in student governance National and world citizenship Initiate a community/national/international project Keep current: read the New York Times, US News & World Report, National Review, The Nation Attend cultural events Travel

46 Communication Skills Read, Write, Speak often
Publications, school newspaper, tv, or radio Presentations, panel discussions, or poster sessions (practice speaking in front of groups) Writing essay contests Communication/speech classes

47 Defining the Personal Essay? How do you stand out?
Generating Detail Articulate a personal or professional inspiration Discuss academic background or research skills Establish long-term objectives Relate to specifics about the target program A personal statement is: A picture of who you are as a person An invitation to the reader to know you An indication of your priorities and judgment Your story of creative, meaningful self-reflection Length: 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 Practice Do your homework: apply for scholarships, fellowships, and awards that fit your record and future goals Attend campus events and workshops: Prof’l and Grad School Planning; USAC; Fellowship meetings; writing workshops Apply 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 Villanueva Dr. Tamara Valentine (775) Jot Travis Building, 11A, under the Overlook Café'

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