Students with an interest in global affairs from all majors are eligible and encouraged to apply to be Albright Fellows.

The Albright Institute is open to Wellesley College juniors and seniors, with priority given to juniors. For the 2015 Institute, students will apply during spring semester 2014. Thus, at the time of their applications, students will generally be second semester sophomores or second semester juniors.

Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and/or demonstrated potential for academic achievement. 

Selection Process and Criteria

The Albright Institute is based on a multidisciplinary approach to understanding global affairs. Institute selection committee members will choose a diverse group of 40 students from across majors and disciplines. The selection committee will interview finalists based on multiple criteria, including the following:

  • Evidence of preparation for advanced studies in global affairs, including relevant coursework, experiential learning and other experiences.
  • Awareness and knowledge of global issues and affairs.
  • Demonstration of maturity, initiative, adaptability and responsibility, as indicated by faculty reference and interview.

Application Timeline for 2015 Albright Institute

March 4, 2014

Information Session - 12:30 - 1:30pm in PNE-239

March 5, 2014

Information Session - 4:30 - 5:30pm in FND-120

April 2, 2014

Applications due by 12:00 noon EST

April 28-May 1, 2014

Interviews of finalists

First Week of May 2014


January 2015

Wintersession course

Summer 2015


Fall 2015

Tanner Conference


Application Procedure

The application deadline for the 2015 Albright Institute is 12:00 noon on April 2, 2014

1. Submit Google application form.  You must be logged into your Wellesley College email account to submit this form.

2. Upload the following documents to MyCWS:

  • A one-page resume.
  • A current, unofficial transcript obtained from Banner self-service. Make sure your name is at the top and convert your transcript to PDF before uploading it.  
  • Essay #1 – upload as Writing Sample #1.  Your name and class year should be at the top of each page submitted and each should be labeled as Essay #1. Acceptable file formats are .doc and .pdf.

Essay Topic #1 (500 words)

What would you hope to gain from the Albright Institute? How might your participation augment your academic interests or future goals? How would you represent Wellesley's mission and purpose if selected for this program?

  • Essay #2 – upload as Writing Sample #2. Your name and class year should be at the top of each page submitted and each should be labeled as Essay #2. Acceptable file formats are .doc and .pdf.

Essay Topic #2 (500 words)
A high-level panel has made recommendations to the United Nations for a new set of development goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. Among their recommended goals are:

--Ensure healthy lives
--Achieve universal access to water and sanitation
--Secure sustainable energy
--Provide quality education and lifelong learning
--Ensure good governance and effective institutions

Select and address ONE of these goals.  Explain why you think it should be included as a goal for the UN and discuss some ways it could be achieved.

3. Submit all your uploaded documents to Schedule 1111: 2015 Albright Fellow to complete the MyCWS portion of the Albright application.

4. Request one letter of recommendation to be submitted from a faculty/staff member or supervisor of an internship that demonstrates the student's interest/commitment to a global issue. Recommendations should be submitted to AlbrightInstitute@wellesley.edu. The CWS assumes you are waiving your right to review the letter of recommendation unless you notify Kate Miller to the contrary.

5.  Participate in an on-campus (or phone if abroad) interview if selected for the final round.

NOTE: We will confirm that all applicants are in good standing with General Judiciary before their applications are considered by the selection committee.

For technical assistance with your application, please contact cwshire@wellesley.edu.

For Students Studying Abroad

We understand there may be students accepted to the Albright Institute who are also selected to participate in a study abroad program that conflicts with the dates of the Wintersession course. If accepted to the Institute, those students will begin with the internship component in the summer after their junior year, followed by participation in the Wintersession component in their senior year.

Questions? Please see FAQs or email AlbrightInstitute@wellesley.edu.


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