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 2017 Institute, students will apply during spring semester 2016. 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 2017 Albright Institute

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Information Session - 12:30 - 1:30pm - Founders 126

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Information Session - 4:30 - 5:30pm - Science Center 278

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Information Session - 12:30 - 1:30pm - Pendleton East 239

Monday, April 4, 2016

Applications due by 12:00 noon EST - Note new deadline!

April 25-April 29, 2016

Interviews of finalists

First Week of May 2016


January 2017

Wintersession course

Summer 2017


Fall 2017

Tanner Conference


Application Procedure

Learn more about how to apply here. (Requires a Wellesley log-in.)


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