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The Office of Scholar Development and Fellowship Advising

The Office of Scholar Development and Fellowship Advising helps undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni identify and apply for prestigious awards and national fellowships that fund graduate training, public service internships, laboratory and field research, study abroad experiences, and professional opportunities.

The Office of Scholar Development and Fellowship Advising

Our office provides interested students and alumni with information about appropriate awards, counseling throughout the application process, and support for completing a competitive application. Qualified candidates will be students who have strong academic records, extracurricular involvement, and leadership experiences.

Get Started

Our office is available to assist students and with identifying fellowships that meet their interests. 

Find Your Fellowship

Our office is available to assist candidates in reviewing awards, determining eligibility and preparing a competitive application. Schedule an appointment with Laura Collins, director of scholar development and fellowship advising.

Contact Information

Laura Collins, Director
Office of Scholar Development and Fellowship Advising

319 Cooper Street, Room 210 Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-2584

Getting Started

Our office is available to assist students with identifying fellowships (a merit-based grant awarded for a specific experience) that meet their interests. Fellowships (sometimes also referred to, generally, as awards and scholarships) for nearly every discipline of study and academic year, beginning as early as first-year, are available.

Awards are often quite competitive and require applicants to articulate a clear argument for how receiving these funds will help them to achieve their goal. Fellowship recipients are passionate, informed, and engaged individuals who connect their personal ambitions to a larger context. Whether you are interested in leadership, community service, social movements or a particular field of study, we can find a program to fit your needs.

Before beginning an application, students are encouraged to consider the following:

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    • Experience types might include internship, research program (degreed and not), teaching, study abroad, community service and more.
    • Once you’ve narrowed the type of experience you are looking for, learn the program inside and out. You will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the program and how your experience fits its mission.

     

    • Researching and applying for fellowships takes time. Consider how this process will fit in to your existing roles and responsibilities.
    • Deadlines are nonnegotiable, so work backward from that date to ensure that you budget enough time to thoughtfully compose and compile all application components. We encourage all students to plan minimally one-year in advance.
    • Depending on the type of program you apply for, the timeframe for participation will range from days to years – know what you are willing to commit to.

     

    • Your fellowship application will be best supported by clear, defined objectives. The most appropriate award will be one that aligns with your goals.
    • Most importantly, remember that fellowships are means to achieve your goals, not the goal in itself.
    • Eligibility requirements will vary among awards; some require a minimum GPA, particular class year, financial need, U.S. citizenship, and more. Keep these things in mind as you consider appropriate options.
    • If you’re not sure where to begin, visit our Find Your Fellowship page for more information. Our office is also available to answer any eligibility questions you may have.

     

Information for Applicants

Once you’ve decided to pursue a fellowship or scholarship award, the application process will require careful thought and preparation. Applicants are expected to be self-advocates with clearly defined goals.

To provide students with the best possible experience and competitive edge, we ask all students complete our Pre-Advising Form and plan to meet with our office. This process encourages students to consider the purpose of their application and will provide us with the information needed to assist.

Students who submit the Pre-Advising Form will be contacted via email to schedule an advising meeting to discuss interest in fellowships and related developmental programs. Prior to the advising meeting, students will be asked to provide an emailed (attachment) copy of their resume/CV.

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    • A record of academic achievement, including a high cumulative GPA, strong standardized test scores, and a demonstrated curricular plan.
    • A robust extracurricular resume, including a record of volunteer and community service experiences, extracurricular leadership, internships, and independent research.
    • Sustained, meaningful relationships with mentors; these individuals will serve as recommenders in your application(s).
    • A demonstrated ability to plan proactively, including strategic coursework selection, timely completion of appropriate courses, and an awareness of appropriate deadlines.

    To provide students with the best possible experience and competitive edge, we ask all students complete our Pre-Advising Form and plan to meet with our office. This process encourages students to consider the purpose of their application and will provide us with the information needed to assist.

    Students who submit the Pre-Advising Form will be contacted via email to schedule an advising meeting to discuss interest in fellowships and related developmental programs. Prior to the advising meeting, students will be asked to provide an emailed (attachment) copy of their resume/CV.

    • Review the full range of opportunities.
    • Review the eligibility requirements and application instructions of fellowships/scholarships you intend to pursue very carefully. Our meeting time will be tailored to your specific goals and interests, so please come prepared.
    • Be prepared to discuss your interests and your goals clearly; if you’re still exploring, please be mindful that we will be considering awards for no sooner than the next calendar year

Find Your Fellowship

Finding a fellowship that works for you will require careful thought about the purpose of each award and reflection of how it aligns with your goals. The Office of Scholar Development and Fellowship Advising is available to assist candidates in reviewing awards, determining eligibility and preparing a competitive application.

Fulbright

An exchange program for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs ranging in length from 3 months to 1 year and taking place in one of 146 participating countries.

Fulbright Summer Institute

These 3-4 Week, fully funded summer programs send 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students on brief study tours in the UK. Designed for students with little to no prior travel experience, applicants should have a strong academic record (3.7 GPA or better) and be interested in being a cultural ambassador!

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

A scholarship program for undergraduate Federal Pell grant recipients who plan to study or intern abroad for 28 days or longer

The Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is awarded to aspiring leaders who are committed to careers in public service during their Junior Year in college. Students of any major may apply, as long as they meet the criteria of leadership, engagement with and commitment to public service, and scholarship.

Humanity in Action

A short-term interdisciplinary summer fellowship completed either in the US (Detroit or Atlanta) or abroad (Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, and Ukraine) focused on topics of discrimination and diversity

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

A scholarship awarded to natural science and psychology sophomore/junior applicants who intend to pursue a career in research.