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.

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?)

When exploring our list of fellowships, you should consider:

  • 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)

Need more advice?

  • Attend an information session (see Events page)
  • Schedule an appointment with the Distinguished Fellowships office (
  • 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.