Tips and Advice for Students
What are fellowships and prizes?
Fellowships and prizes are grants that are available to students and alumni to help fund:
- independent travel and research abroad;
- funding for graduate school in the U.S. and overseas;
- professional internships.
The Fellowships and Prizes Office specializes in grants that require an institutional endorsement. There is a group of 10 grants for seniors and alumni and seven (7) grants for sophomores and juniors that require an institutional endorsement. That means that Swarthmore College must nominate candidates to compete nationally or internationally for these grant opportunities. Other grants do not require an endorsement, but the Fellowships and Prizes Office is happy to help students and alumni prepare these applications as well. For a look at the variety of grants available to you, please peruse our web site for more information, and fell free to drop by the Fellowships and Prizes Office in Parrish 118 to talk to an advisor.
The typical grant application consists of three essential parts:
- application essays (personal statements, project proposals, etc.);
- personal interviews;
- letters of recommendation from faculty members, work and internship supervisors, mentors and others.
In this "Tips and Advice for Students" section, you will find advice on all three elements of the application. Read them carefully before applying for any grant.