If you have a strong GPA and are looking for an opportunity hone leadership potential, build robust skills, and find funding for graduate school or independent research, consider applying for a distinguished fellowship.
The Distinguished Fellowships Office works only with currently enrolled or alumni MIT students applying for competitive national and international awards. Our internal deadline to apply for MIT nominations for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Churchill is in early June. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Advice for applying to distinguished fellowships
It can take time to prepare an effective application for distinguished fellowships. The earlier you start to familiarize yourself with fellowship opportunities, the stronger a candidate you’ll be. Schedule an appointment with a distinguished fellowships advisor by early spring.
Steps for Applying to Distinguished Fellowships
Discover your path / your personal value and vision
Explore Fellowships (what exists? what are their missions? How might they fit into my personal vision?)
Learn about the application process and requirements
Apply (start attending info sessions, meeting with advisors, writing essays, asking for recommendations, etc.)
To begin, ask yourself:
What do I want to do? (Research, graduate program, combination of the two)
Where do I want to go? (Country, university, research lab)
Am I eligible for this fellowship? (What are the requirements for GPA? Citizenship? Age? Academic class level? Personal interests or attributes?)
What are the deadlines? (Some fellowships have both an MIT internal deadline and external deadline)
What application materials are required? (Essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.)
What is the selection process? (For some fellowships, MIT first reviews the application materials and then decides which students to endorse)
Will I need to interview? (Many competitive fellowships require an interview as part of the selection process)
Schedule an appointment with the Distinguished Fellowships office (Handshake)
Read carefully the official website of the fellowship. You will find detailed information on timelines, the purpose of the fellowship, the type of candidates they are looking for, and tips for your application.