Starting the Application Process

Explore your options

We encourage you to begin exploring your options by reviewing the fellowships and scholarships listed in our fellowship selector tool. There are fellowships for all class years, including grad students and alumni. 

Some fellowships require a Rutgers nomination or endorsement meaning you must apply through our office first. Other fellowships allow you to apply independently. Regardless of the specifications for the fellowship(s) you are considering, we encourage you to set up an appointment with one of our advisors for guidance throughout the application process.

Identify your goals

Fellowships are meant to put you on the fast-track to achieving your academic or professional career goals. Before applying to a fellowship, you should have a clear idea of the direction you want to head in. Consider your answer to the following questions: What kind of change do you wish to see in the world? How can your talents and interests help you make this change?

Your answer to these questions will give you an idea of potential paths to take, and the goals you set will help you identify which type of fellowship to apply to.

Work with an advisor

There are hundreds of fellowships out there, and no two fellowships are the same. Each fellowship has specific requirements, qualities, interests, and goals among its recipients. Additionally, the application process varies by fellowship. Our expert advisors will work with you to determine which fellowships are a fit for you and provide support throughout each step of the application, submission, and interview process.