The Gig Economy

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Ariane Baker

If full-time, permanent, salaried positions are difficult to find in the area you want to work (as is often the case in creative fields), gig work, freelancing, or a side hustle related to your interests could be a good way to gain experience and build your resume. Gig work can also be a path to meeting life’s practical obligations while honing your craft or perusing creative goals.

“I think art’s first goal is to remind us that we are human...”

Introduction to Fellowships for Graduates

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

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 would you do with a fellowship?

Fellowships and Scholarships for Graduate Study

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

There are more fellowships and scholarships than you might think there are to help fund graduate or professional study. It’s helpful to be creative and persistent in your search, and in your applications. This research will give you an overview of some of the fellowships out there, and tips for searching for opportunities.

    Undergraduate Research Fellowships

    Caitlin Roberts-Donovan
    Caitlin Roberts-Donovan

    It is a common misconception that fellowships are only open to seniors and graduates—there are actually many fellowships and scholarships that support undergraduates! This page is a resource for students looking for fellowships to support undergraduate research (you can also check out our resource on language and study abroad). 

    Not sure where to start? Click here.

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    McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill (rising seniors & graduates)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    The McCall MacBain Scholarships seek to bring together exceptional students from around the world who strive to engage in positive change by taking on meaningful leadership roles. McCall MacBain Scholars connect with mentors and participate in an interdisciplinary leadership program while pursuing a fully funded master’s or professional degree at McGill University! (Campus deadline typically in August.)

    “I see the printshop as a place for all things: teaching, learning, experimentation, creation, expression, collaboration, communication, and inspiration.”

    The Elizabeth Crawford ’21 Haystack Fellowship

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    The Elizabeth Crawford ’21 Haystack Fellowship provides tuition and room and board from a two-week workshop of the Fellow’s choice, plus a travel grant of up to $500.  (The only cost to the Fellow would be any materials fee for the workshop selected.)

    “I am so thrilled that I will be able to learn directly from women leaders in crucial environmental projects in a diverse array of Latin American countries that I otherwise could not have ever imagined visiting.”

    Graduate School Preparation Mini-Grants

    The Graduate School Preparation Mini-Grants (up to $250) are intended to help students with the costs associated with the graduate school application process. Examples of eligible expenses include:

    • Application fees
    • Transcript fees
    • Test preparation (including test prep courses and test prep books)
    • Test fees (including costs associated with sending test scores to schools)
    • Costs associated with traveling for interviews and program visits

    Wellesley Career Education Summer Internship Grants (Stipends for Student-Identified Placements)

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    Lorraine Hanley ’98

    Through the ongoing and generous support of our donors, the College is able to offer funding to support unpaid internships which students identify on their own. Many award recipients pursue internships in nonprofit organizations focused on education and other community development areas, but funding is available for opportunities in other sectors both within the United States and internationally, as well. In addition to the stipends, Wellesley Career Education staff provide ongoing professional development and career education training throughout their summer experiences.

    “Thanks to Career Education’s generous summer internship grant, I have been able to observe and learn about the difficulties and satisfaction of managing a theatre that focuses on marginalized identities.”