What is a fellowship?

There are different types of fellowships, so this can be a hard question to answer! Carleton-funded fellowships offer funding to pursue independent research or another creative project, engage in experiential learning through an activity or internship, or explore something in-depth beyond the classroom.  

Why should I consider applying for a fellowship?

  • The application process might get you funding to complete a project! No matter what, though, it’s also a chance to build helpful and important skills like articulating a goal and identifying how to get there; writing concisely and persuasively for an audience; planning a budget; and working with mentors and others to create a polished and effective application.
  • Working independently on research or another project might contribute to your comps or other academic goals, but it is also a way to prepare for life after Carleton.  Planning and completing your own project is something you are likely to be asked to do frequently during your career!
  • Being selected for a fellowship is a mark of distinction for your résumé/CV and your Carleton record!

Okay, I think I want to do this. How do I get started?

First, think about the kind of activity you want to fund. What you apply for and how you write your proposal will be determined by the activity itself, where it takes place, and when you want to do it. Once you have an activity in mind, consult the list of Carleton-funded fellowships administered by the Office of Student Fellowships.

You’ll see that some of our fellowships are available for use all over the world, but some of them must be used in certain places.

Carleton-funded fellowship application deadlines fall during Winter Term!  Be sure to start thinking about what you want to do and preparing your application materials as early as you can; it takes time to build a strong proposal, write an appropriate budget, talk to potential recommenders, and make sure everything is in by the deadline date.

Fellowships for Research/Artistic Projects

Fellowships for Experiential Learning

Other Carleton Fellowships


At any time, you may consult with the Office of Student Fellowships for guidance and assistance in preparing fellowship applications. Please call 507 222 4300 to make an appointment with the Director of Student Fellowships, Marynel Ryan Van Zee.

View samples of successful Carleton-funded fellowship proposals in Laird 131, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

(Samples may not be copied or removed from the office.)

Applicants will be notified of their application results by mid-March.