The Office of Scholar Development and Fellowship Advising
What Is a Fellowship?
These merit-based awards are given for a specific experience. They are sometimes referred to as “awards” or “scholarships”. They are often funded experiences that enable students to pursue experiences outside of the classroom.
What We Do
The Office of Scholar Development and Fellowship Advising is dedicated to helping Rutgers University – Camden students and alumni achieve their full potential through enriching fellowship experiences. Based on interests, individuals are matched with award opportunities that fit their personal, academic and professional goals. Our office guides students/alumni in finding appropriate awards and then provides support through the application process with strategic planning, advice, and resources through submission, and beyond. We are committed to amplifying the voices of Rutgers – Camden students and helping them tell their stories for audiences near and far.
2020 Fulbright Recipient
“Trying is fundamental to getting what you want and where you want. Put your fears aside and take a chance on this application process; it's going to bring you more than you can possibly imagine. You're going to learn about yourself, articulate your ambitions, and realize just how amazing you are.”
2021 Bill Emerson Hunger Fellow
“Through the process of applying, I got to learn more about who I am as a person and what I want to become. Moreover, I learned about how to meaningfully reflect on my personal and professional goals.”
2022 NYC Urban Fellow
“In applying for fellowships, I am grateful for how I was able to grow both personally and in my writing. Through the process, I discovered so much more about myself.”
Fulbright Summer Institute
"Participating in the Fulbright Summer Institute changed my life. Applying for a program for which I never thought I would be chosen, I learned that no matter the odds there is no harm in applying. This experience broadened my horizons and allowed me to dream bigger. Today, I work for as a graphic designer at Starr Restaurants and run my website ."
2021 & 2023 Fulbright ETA Applicant
"As a community college graduate and first-generation college student, I didn’t want to feel like I was missing out on the same opportunities as my peers. When I transferred to Rutgers Camden, I connected with OSDFA, where I learned about and applied for the Fulbright ETA program.
2022-2023 Ronald Reagan Civic Leaders Fellow / 2023 Fulbright ETA Applicant
"In my experience applying to fellowships, the biggest challenge has been imposter syndrome. When you see the amazing people who have won awards, it is extremely intimidating. Applying for these awards has allowed me to test my limits and build my confidence and courage.
2019 Gilman Scholarship Recipient
“OSDFA worked with me to take my application to the next level, helping me earn a highly competitive scholarship that made my dream of studying abroad a reality”
2022 Ford Foundation Fellowship
“OSDFA is extremely helpful in tailoring & refining your ideas to gear them towards the fellowship or scholarship you are applying for. Through the process, I learned how to maximize impact within a minimal space.”
2018 Fulbright Semi-finalist
“The Process of applying taught me so much about myself, and I am grateful for the experience. I encourage all students to take advantage of this resource and see what opportunities might be available for you!”
Humanity in Action Fellowship
“OSDFA is an amazing resource for helping you craft a polished professional application. They bring a lot of experience in knowing what fellowship and awards committees are looking for, which I appreciated.”
DAAD Graduate Study Scholarship
I knew I wanted to travel more and go to grad school abroad, but I wasn’t sure if it was realistic for me. OSDFA helped me find the fellowship that would be the best fit and navigated the application process alongside me. With their help I was awarded a DAAD scholarship! I spent 2 years in Germany earning my Master of Public Policy, exploring a new language/culture, and making lifelong connections.
Gilman Scholarship, Rome Italy Summer 2022
My advice to fellow RUC students is to put your heart into the essay(s) & describe your love for the location you would like to travel to. I spoke about my love of the Italian culture and historical sites I wanted to see.
PPIA Junior Summer Institute
"The worst thing that can happen to you is you get rejected, but the opportunities you can get from these programs are worth every hour you spend because the benefits outweigh every risk that you take”
PPIA Junior Summer Institute
"If I could give any advice I would say 'just apply'. I'm not the best student, I don't have a 3.5 GPA but I just took a risk and put myself out there. Don't shortchange yourself - most of the experiences that you have are valuable.
So put yourself out there and just do it!”