An additional resource for graduate students is external fellowships administered by a variety of governmental and disciplinary organizations. General information about finding and applying for external fellowship opportunities is below.
What is the Fellowship application process?
Each entity's application process for fellowships is different; however, one thing they all have in common is a level of competition. The fellowship application process is rigorous and more in-depth than most job interviews. The application process should be started early, as prerequisite paperwork may be required. Make sure to follow the application process specified by the entity offering the fellowship, including deadlines and required documents.
Where can I find external fellowship opportunities?
Where you look for a fellowship will depend on your course of study. There are several
databases where a fellowship search can begin.
These include, but not limited to, the following:
- AMA Residency and Fellowship Database- This database offers information on more than 10,000 fellowship opportunities, which are all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants Database- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation typically focuses on grants, but this database does offer information on some fellowships.
- Profellow Fellowships Database- Profellow offers information on more than 1,000 fellowships.
- Public Service Job Directory- This database allows users to search for research and academic fellowships, organizational fellowships and project-based fellowships, all having to do with public service legal opportunities.
- Illinois Graduate College Fellowship Finder
- The Office of Research & Economic Development has several databases where students can learn about funding opportunities. This includes the SPIN Grants database.