Don’t be worried if you have lots of questions about what a fellowship is or how to go about applying for one – that’s where we all start! This page includes some points for consideration, and Director of Student Fellowships Marynel Ryan Van Zee is ready to discuss your questions and goals at any time. You can use her appointment calendar, or email her directly.
What is your project idea?
Answer the important questions about your idea. Who, what, when, where, why, and how? Your answers will form the basis of your project proposal for a research or experiential learning fellowship.
- If you want to do research or engage in a creative project (especially if you are a junior preparing for comps), look at fellowships listed as Fellowships for Research/Artistic Projects.
- If you are interested in experiential learning that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with research or comps, look at fellowships listed as Fellowships for Experiential Learning.
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. All of our fellowships can be used during the summer or over Winter Break.
Most of the named fellowships use a common application and you can just tick the boxes for the fellowships you think fit your project (the review committee will decide where the funding comes from, so don’t worry too much about choosing the ‘right’ fellowships).
Some fellowships have their own application and recommendation forms: the David C. Donelson ’77 Fund (for experiential learning); the Hanson Ethics Fellowship (for research projects in ethics); and the Nancy Wilkie Fellowship (for an archaeological field experience). Be sure to consult the individual fellowships pages for information on what is required!
Carleton-funded fellowship application deadlines fall during the first week of Spring 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 complete by the deadline date
See this guide for creating a successful proposal, and view sample successful proposals. You can also consult with Director of Student Fellowships Marynel Ryan Van Zee (office hours appointment calendar) and you should definitely consult with your faculty mentors!
For assistance with drafting your materials, from the first stages to the last, the Writing Center Consultants are also a great resource.
Why are you the person to do this?
Describe your knowledge and/or skills. The Student Fellowships Committee will want to know that you are able to carry out the project you describe. What relevant classes have you taken? What other knowledge or skills have you acquired?
Some experiential learning projects rely more on curiosity than on preparation, but we still need to be sure you are ready to pursue them.
What financial support do you need?
Create your budget. The budget for a Carleton-funded fellowship uses standard categories such as transportation, accommodation and meals, fees or costs associated with your research or experiential learning plan, and others. See this guide for help in preparing your budget. You may also include up to $1000 in your summer budget for a savings goal.
Secure your recommendations.
Ask faculty in advance. The recommendation deadline is a week after the application deadline, so your recommenders will see the final version of your application. But it’s important to ask them in advance if they are willing to provide a recommendation!
Complete and submit your application.
March 29, 2022, is this year’s deadline. You’ll need to write a brief summary of your application; include a few citations for research proposals; upload your resume and any other documents required for the specific fellowship; and hit submit by the deadline.