Introduction to Fellowships for Alumnae

Fellowships and scholarships can fund graduate or professional study, purposeful travel, professional placements, self-designed projects, and so much more. They can help you build your experience and qualifications, help you explore a passion, and clarify a path forward.  What might you do with a fellowship?

Spring is a great time to explore options and start to put together applications for postgraduate fellowships, most of which have deadlines during the summer, fall, and early in the new year (see the deadline calendar on our website).  Explore options here, check out application advice (#fellowships101), look for upcoming webinars, drop in virtually to Fellowship Pop-Up Advising (see our Events listings for details), or book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake. (Need help logging into Handshake? Use your usual MyWellesley log-in details; if you need to retrieve your username and password, see here.)

As an alumna, you still have access to Wellesley Career Education resources and advice from our team, including Fellowship Programs!  Read about options below, and let us help you make the most of them!

 

Wellesley College Fellowships

Thanks to the generosity of alumnae and friends of the College, there are a number of Wellesley fellowships especially for graduating seniors and alumnae of Wellesley, including:

  • Elisabeth Luce Moore '24 Wellesley-Yenching Program - The fellowships are open to alumnae in all majors and may include some training in teaching English as a second language. Chinese language proficiency is only required for the National Palace Museum Fellowship (unfortunately, due to visa restrictions, the Fellowship at the NPM is not open to citizens of mainland China). Applications are typically due in early February.
  • Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship - for alumnae at least 25 years of age in the year of application, to support a year of purposeful travel into unfamiliar territory, that will inspire reflection and growth and lead to more fulfilling and productive personal and professional lives - Applications typically due in early January.
  • Wellesley College Graduate Fellowships - support graduate study in any field by alumnae from any country (apply either in the same application cycle as you’re applying for graduate/professional study or while you’re enrolled in a graduate program)  - Applications typically due in mid-January.
  • Wellesley College Department of Art Mary Clothier Slade Graduate Fellowship - Two fellowships will be awarded annually to graduating seniors or alumnae of Wellesley College, one to support a graduate degree in Art History and one to support a graduate degree in Studio Art, with a preference for awards to go to those with Art Department majors and minors. - Applications typically due in January
  • Alice C. Cole ’42 Wellesley College Graduate Fund - provides project-based support to Wellesley College graduates for the development, production, and exhibition of new work in painting or sculpture - Applications typically due in May

External Fellowships (funding for graduate/professional study)

Alumnae are also eligible for a wide array of outside scholarships and fellowships, and they are often stronger applicants for postgraduate fellowships than are graduating seniors.

 

External Fellowships (funding for travel, work, research and more)

Outside fellowships for travel, work, research, and more, include:

  • Alfa Fellowships - offer Americans, Britons, and Germans year-long professional placements in Russia (applications typically due in early December)
  • Blakemore Freeman Fellowships offer US  citizens and permanent residents who are seniors or recent alumnae support for a year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia (applications typically due in late December)
  • Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program - open to graduating seniors (including international students with OPT) and alumnae who graduated during the previous academic year but who have not yet begun graduate study, to support a substantive year-long paid research assistantship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC (campus application deadline typically in November)
  • Coro Fellows Program - open to US alumnae, this program uses the city as a classroom to train the next generation of change-makers, through a full-time, nine-month, graduate-level experiential program offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis (application deadline typically in mid-January)
  • Echoing Green - offers seed funding and support for social entrepreneurs (US citizenship not required - applications typically due in October)
  • Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Artists - supports early-career artists working in representational style in painting, sculpting, drawing, and/or printmaking (US citizenship not required - rolling applications)
  • Fulbright - open to US alumnae (without any age restrictions!) for research/degree- or language-study or English Teaching Assistantships, in one of more than 150 countries around the globe - Special programs of interest to alumnae include the grants in business, journalism, and public health,  and the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, many of which are only open to alumnae with professional experience (and also, for the Fulbright-Clinton, a JD, MPH, MPA or other master’s-level degree) - Note: the Wellesley Fulbright committee is very happy to support alumnae applicants (read how to apply for the Fulbright through Wellesley here; campus application deadline typically in early September)
  • German Chancellor’s Fellowship - open to citizens of Brazil, China, India, Russia, & the US who received bachelor’s degrees no more than 12 years ago, this program supports a year in Germany for professional development, study, or research (applications typically due in September)
  • Luce Scholars Program - open to US alumnae under the age of 30 with limited experience in Asia, to support a paid year-long professional placement in Asia (campus application deadline typically late September)
  • Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Internships offer budding financial journalists internships at The Economist and Financial Times, and contributes towards living expenses (US citizenship not required - applications typically due in early September)
  • Marshall-Sherfield Fellowships offer postdoctoral fellowships at British universities or research institutes to US citizens with PhDs in science or engineering subjects (applications typically due in early October)
  • Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program offers US citizens professional development and placements in Germany (applications typically due in early November)
  • The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers the opportunity to teach English to French students of all ages in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.  (applications typically due in mid-January)
  • The Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate, and law students with the (paid) opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government  (applications typically due in late January)
  • The prestigious White House Fellows Program provides Americans first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government (applications typically due in mid-January)
  • And many more!

 

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

You might try the enormous database maintained by the Michigan State University Libraries of grants to individuals.  There, try every heading which might apply to you and/or to what you're hoping fund: with fellowships, a keyword search probably won't work (or at least will miss lots of great options), so you need to read carefully and be creative in your search.

Looking for help?
You’re very welcome to contact the Fellowships team at Wellesley: Kate Dailinger or Caitlin Roberts-Donovan will be glad to help. Email fellowships@wellesley.edu or call Caitlin at 781.283.2347. Book a one-on-one Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake or drop in to Virtual Fellowships Pop-Up Advising (details via Career Education events listings).

Whether or not you need to apply through Wellesley, we offer advice to help you at any stage. You can to book an appointment via Handshake to talk via telephone or Google Hangouts or otherwise. We'll gladly talk over your interests and aspirations and offer honest advice on how to put forward the strongest applications, the best way to prepare to do a great fellowship interview, and why applying for fellowships can be valuable--whether or not you win an award.

Have you won a fellowship?
Please let us know — we’d love to congratulate you!  And if you might be interested in talking with prospective Wellesley applicants (whether current students and/or other alumnae) for that or similar awards, we’d be delighted to put you in touch.  Your experience and advice would make all the difference to other folks, and we hope that you’d enjoy those conversations, too!

Questions?
Email fellowships@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.2347.