General Questions

What is the profile of a typical Albright Fellow?
The Albright Institute will select a diverse group of Fellows. It is the belief of the Institute that Fellows from various disciplines, academic years, social, cultural, and economic backgrounds are required to solve the complex issues that face the international community. Typically, an Albright Fellow will have demonstrated interest in global issues through coursework, internships, organizational involvement or voluntary work. However, the selection committee will consider closely a candidate’s reason for applying to the Institute. 

Can a student participate in the Albright Institute more than once during her time at Wellesley?
No, a different set of students will be chosen each year. 

Application Questions

When is the Albright Institute application due? 
All pieces of the Albright Institute application are due on April 1, 2106 at noon (EST). No exceptions will be made to this rule. If you are applying from abroad and anticipate internet complication, please apply early. 

When will the application for the Albright Institute be available? Where can I find the online application?

Application information will be posted the week of March 7, 2016.

Who is eligible to apply for the Albright Institute? 
The 2017 Albright Institute is open to Wellesley College juniors and seniors, with priority given to juniors. Members of the Class of 2019 will be eligible to apply next year. 

If a student applied to be an Albright Fellow last year and was not accepted, can she apply again?

If a student previously applied to the Albright Institute, can she resubmit the same applications materials she used before? 
Students may be able to re-use certain application materials but must resubmit the entire application for the 2017 Institute. You must submit an updated transcript.

I am studying abroad now or will be studying abroad next year. Am I still eligible to apply for the Albright Institute? 
Yes, students who are studying abroad in the spring of 2016, fall of 2016, or spring of 2017 are still eligible to apply. However, please check the dates of your program carefully as attendance at all Wintersession classes is mandatory. 

Will any demographic information that is not requested on the application (i.e., race, religion, etc.) be considered in the selection process? 
No, only the information on the application will be used to select the Albright Fellows. 

Can a student submit more than one letter of recommendation?
No, only one letter will be read by the committee for each student.

Does the letter of recommendation have to come from a person affiliated with Wellesley College?
No, although the selection committee prefers that to be the case. The letter of recommendation may come from someone outside the College community, such as the supervisor of an internship. In addition, transfer students should feel free to ask for recommendations from faculty members of the schools they previously attended. All recommendations should be emailed to albrightinstitute@wellesley.edu.

Who is on the selection committee that will decide which students to accept as Albright Fellows? 
The selection committee includes the Faculty Director, Director, and Associate Director of the Albright Institute and other members of the Wellesley College faculty who are affiliated with the Institute. 

Wintersession Questions

What if the dates of my study abroad program conflict with the Wintersession course?
If a student is accepted as an Albright Fellow and will be participating in a study abroad program that conflicts with the Wintersession course, she can start her Institute activities with the internship component in summer 2017, followed by participation in the 2018 Wintersession course. 

If I have a scheduling conflict during the Wintersession course, such as jury duty, am I still eligible? 
In rare cases with pre-approval, absences will be allowed under the most serious circumstances. If an emergency situation arises during Wintersession, you must immediately notify the program director to discuss your situation. 

Is the Albright Institute a for-credit course? 
No, the Albright Institute is a certificate course and no credit will be awarded. At the end of the Institute, if a student has completed all assignments and participated appropriately she will receive a certificate of participation. 

Are there any fees associated with participation in the Albright Institute? 
There is no tuition for participation in the Institute, nor are there any fees for housing on campus during Wintersession.  

What kind of assignments/coursework will there be during Wintersession? 
During the first two weeks of the program, students will be assigned readings and case studies which will provide background information for the daily lectures and discussions. In the first week, students will be grouped into teams, each of which will be responsible for working on a project on a specific global affairs topic. In the third week, the teams will present their plans to the Institute’s Distinguished Visiting Professor(s). 

What time of day will the classes be held during Wintersession? 
The classes during Wintersession will generally take place from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day. However, there will also be assigned readings and group work that will happen in the afternoons and evenings, so the Institute will be a full time commitment during those three weeks. 

Do students have to live on campus during Wintersession?
All full-time residential students must live on campus, and Albright Fellows are housed in the same dorm. 

Internships Questions

What are the general guidelines for Albright Internships?

Albright internships take place during the summer and must be 10 weeks, full time, at the same organization.  The substance of the work must be related to global affairs, broadly defined. Albright Fellows must receive approval from the Albright Institute before accepting an internship offer to ensure that the experience complies with the Institute's guidelines.  

Are there guaranteed internship placements for Albright Fellows?
No, students are responsible for identifying and securing internships themselves. The CWS internships team is available to work with students throughout the process. 

Can Albright Fellows do their internships anywhere or do they have to be in a specific geographic locations?

With very limited exceptions, Albright Fellows will only receive funding to do an internship outside of their country of origin (i.e. American students cannot do their Albright internship within the United States.)  Students also cannot do an internship in a country that is listed on the U.S. State Department's Travel Warning/Travel Alert List without prior approval from the Wellesley College Safety Committee.

Does a student need to have a specific internship in mind at the time she files her application? 
No, the internship component of the Institute will not be considered during the selection process. Students who are selected as Albright Fellows will work with the Institute staff and the CWS internships team to find an internship after Wintersession. 

Does an Albright Fellow have to apply to the Tanner Conference or is she automatically accepted? 
Fellows must write an abstract and submit an application for the Tanner Conference, either individually or in groups. 

Can Albright Fellows participate in the Wellesley in Washington program in order to complete the internship component?

No, Albright Fellows are not eligible for Wellesley in Washington.  They will instead receive internship funding through the Albright Institute.


For additional information contact AlbrightInstitute@wellesley.edu