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 2016 Institute, students will apply during spring semester 2015. 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 2016 Albright Institute

March 3, 2015

Information Session - 12:30 - 1:30pm - Founders 120

March 5, 2015

Information Session - 12:30 - 1:30pm - Pendleton East 127

March 12, 2015

Information Session - 12:30 - 1:30pm - Science Center 278

April 1, 2015

Applications due by 12:00 noon EST

April 27-April 30, 2015

Interviews of finalists

First Week of May 2015


January 2016

Wintersession course

Summer 2016


Fall 2016

Tanner Conference


Application Procedure

The application deadline for the 2016 Albright Institute is 12:00 noon on April 1, 2015

Application instructions will be posted here soon.

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.