The Center for Work and Service (CWS) is here to help you to imagine the possibilities — graduate/professional school, employment, fellowships or service—for life after Wellesley. The CWS has planned many programs especially for you, as seniors, to ensure your successful launch into the real world. To view the full calendar of CWS events or to make an appointment with a CWS counselor, log in to your MyCWS account.
- Senior Boot Camp, an opportunity to learn about the job search (including using social media as a tool), graduate school and fellowships, networking, interviewing, and business communications will take place on Monday, September 8, 4:30 - 8 pm in the Pendleton Atrium (dinner will be served).
Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships
For those of you interested in graduate study, research or travel after Wellesley, there are a number of graduate fellowships and scholarships to which you may want to apply. Some are national; some are exclusively for Wellesley students. Students who wish to study a foreign language, teach English abroad, spend a year of travel overseas, conduct global research or fund graduate study may all have interest in a graduate fellowship. Elizabeth Mandeville (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the resource person in the Center for Work and Service for information about graduate fellowship and scholarship opportunities. You can find more information about fellowships available here.
Fellowships and Grants for Seniors
In addition to fellowships and scholarships for after Wellesley, there are a number of special funds available just for Wellesley seniors. The various fellowships and grants have different focuses and criteria as well as separate application processes. Applying can be a strenuous project, but it is also very good experience in itself and may, of course, result in your getting funding, so do give some serious thought to applying.
Schiff Fellowships are merit awards of $2,000 intended to support the scholarly work of students enrolled in the senior honors program. Eligibility is limited to students currently enrolled in a 360 or intending to enroll in a 360 in Spring 2015. Applications will be evaluated based on academic merit, feasibility of the research project, and its promise for providing a meaningful and productive intellectual experience. You can find further information about the Schiff here. Applications will be due on Wednesday, October 15 at 4:00 pm and other details will be updated soon.
The Pamela Daniels ’59 Fellowships are intended to foster the ideal of self-discovery through imagination as well as intellect and to encourage the independent, maverick spirit at Wellesley. The fellowships provide up to $3500 for original senior projects that can be analytic or creative; though a project must be done in the context of a credit-bearing course or independent study, it does not have to be connected to a thesis or even a course in the student’s major. You can find more information about the fellowship, including inspiring links to the “dream projects” of previous Daniels fellows, here. Applications are due by noon on Thursday, October 2, 2014.
Information about additional research and travel opportunities for Wellesley students can be found here.
Recommendations and Transcripts
Whether or not you plan to apply this year to schools or programs or jobs or scholarships that require faculty recommendations, it makes sense to ask instructors to write for you while you are fresh in their minds—and while they are easy to locate. The Class Deans and the Center for Work and Service have drawn up a set of guidelines for requesting recommendations, including suggestions about what sort of information to give your recommenders. These are available here. Remember that your instructors, like you, are very busy and assume that they will need two or three weeks lead time in order to write for you.
If you are applying to law school, you should be aware that law schools often require a dean's certification attesting to a student's character and integrity and, when necessary, explaining any unusual feature of a student's academic record. The class dean responds to this request for seniors applying to enter law school in the fall of 2014.
Graduate programs and fellowships as well as some employers will require you to send a transcript as part of your application material. Please be aware that Wellesley transcripts will be accompanied by a letter from Provost Andrew Shennan that explains Wellesley’s rigorous grading policy and helps to give a context for student records. One section of the letter states: “In sending you her transcript, a Wellesley student is presenting credentials that may well be compared to those from institutions with less rigorous grading practices—and standards—than ours. To the extent that such indicators as GPA or individual course grades are a part of your decision-making process, we hope that you will view her record in light of our policy and our commitment to evaluative integrity.”