Fellowships

Application Guidelines

National Fellowships typically fall into one of three categories: 1) fellowships not requiring a nomination; 2) fellowships requiring an endorsement from Southwestern University; and 3) fellowships requiring an initial narrowing of the field from Southwestern University.

Some fellowships (marked "EI") also require an external - off campus - interview. Applying for any national fellowships requires you to work with the University Committee on Fellowships. The most common fellowships are categorized in the table below.

Category 1: Fellowships that do not require SU nomination/endorsement Category 2: Fellowships that require SU endorsement Category 3: Fellowships that require SU to narrow field before submission to foundation
Davies Jackson (EI)FulbrightGoldwater
Freeman-AsiaMitchell (EI)Jack Kent Cooke
Gates Cambridge (EI)UdallKemper (EI)
JavitsUNCF/Merck Undergraduate Fellowship (EI)Marshall (EI)
MadisonNSEP Boran FellowshipRhodes (EI)
Mellon (EI)Simon (EI)Sumners
National Science FoundationTruman (EI)
Rotary (EI)
Soros (EI)
National Instiute of Health
Hertz (EI)
Ford
EPA - GRO Undergraduate Fellowship
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholarships

Category 1 — Guidelines

  1. Contact fellowship advisor, preferably at least one year prior to deadline.
  2. Consult website and other materials for details of proposal.
  3. Schedule an appointment with fellowship advisor and an appropriate faculty mentor in order to clarify goals and develop proposal details.
  4. Request transcripts and other documentation as required by fellowship.
  5. Submit draft of proposal to fellowship advisor and make changes as necessary.
  6. Send copy of proposal to anyone writing letter of recommendation.
  7. Turn in all documents to fellowship advisor in time for the internal deadline.
  8. Fellowship advisor will suggest any revisions. Applicant is also responsible for submission of approved materials prior to published deadline.
  9. For some fellowships (marked EI), the fellowship foundation may require an interview as part of the selection process. For those fellowships, you must participate in an on-campus practice interview.

Category 2 — Guidelines

  1. See Category 1 steps 1-4.
  2. Submit draft of proposal to fellowship advisor and make changes as necessary. This should be done at least two months prior to internal deadline.
  3. Send copy of proposal to anyone writing letter of recommendation.
  4. Turn in all documents to fellowship advisor in time for the internal deadline.
  5. When appropriate, an internal panel will read the proposal and recommend whether or not to provide University endorsement. An internal panel may be composed of the fellowship advisor and at least two other faculty or staff members. Identity of the panelists will be determined by the fellowship advisor.
  6. Fellowship advisor will suggest any revisions as recommended by the panel. Fellowship advisor will submit approved materials, including SU endorsement, prior to published deadline.
  7. For some fellowships (marked EI), the fellowship foundation may require an interview as part of the selection process. For those fellowships, you must participate in an on-campus practice interview.

Category 3 — Guidelines

  1. See Category 1 steps 1-7.
  2. An internal panel will read proposal, and make a recommendation as to which names to move forward. An internal panel may be composed of the fellowship advisor and at least two other faculty or staff members. Identity of the panelists will be determined by the fellowship advisor.
  3. Fellowship advisor will suggest any revisions as recommended by panel. Fellowship advisor will submit approved materials, including SU endorsement, prior to published deadline.
  4. For some fellowships (marked EI), the fellowship foundation may required an interview as part of the selection process. For those fellowships, you must participate in an on-campus practice interview.