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Distinguished Fellowships

Welcome to the Distinguished Fellowships page!

Are you a student who’s ready to challenge the status quo, who wants to use your voice and actions to create lasting change? A distinguished fellowship brings you the attention, resources, and awareness you need to elevate your passion, and empowers you to make your vision a reality.

At CAPD, we help MIT students identify and explore competitive domestic and international fellowships. We’ll guide you through every part of the journey, from exploring opportunities and determining fit, to applications and for interviews, to accepting an award. Our dedicated fellowship advisors support students to clarify their goals and articulate their long-term vision. They provide the personalized advice and deep expertise required to compete for these prestigious awards.

If you have a strong GPA and are looking for funding for graduate school or independent research, consider applying for a distinguished fellowship.

For many of these awards, MIT selects or endorses students through an internal process before the national deadline. Some fellowships are only available for U.S. citizens. If you are interested in any of these scholarships, contact fellowships@mit.edu.

Explore scholarship websites here to learn about eligibility, selection criteria, application materials, and timeline. And remember to start exploring early to build a strong application.

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 June 24th at 4pm. Please email fellowships@mit.edu if you have any questions or concerns.


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