Service Fellowships

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Service is at the very heart of Wellesley’s motto, and fellowships can support all kinds of service in the world: in the U.S. and abroad; for undergraduates and graduates; with structured opportunities, placement with NGOs, or “build your own” projects. This resource is by no means exhaustive, but instead aims to provide an introduction to some of the most common fellowships as well as some helpful first steps. 

“The Truman application was a tremendous opportunity to reflect on my motivations, my values, and my aspirations in public service. The process was challenging and intimidating at times, but I came away with a greater confidence in my purpose and in my voice.”

“A strong Davis Projects for Peace proposal is always one that is grounded in a real knowledge of and investment in a community, providing a foundation that gives the student both inspiration and credibility as she strives to make real change.”

“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to build community with other like minded people across the country who are dedicated to working on the same kinds of issues that I am.”

Udall Scholarship (sophomores & juniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports a year of undergraduate study for American Indians and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country or interested in pursuing health-related careers, or for students with demonstrated leadership, service, and commitment to issues related to conservation and environmental issues. Eligible are college sophomores and juniors who are US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Campus application deadline typically in early February.

“I was motivated to fight for environmental justice in my community after hearing about the respiratory illnesses that many children were diagnosed with as a result of the environmental contamination we live with.”

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program supports a year's work at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni who are eligible to work in the US for a year. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Truman Scholarship (juniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. This scholarship provides funding toward senior year and graduate school for juniors interested in a career in public service. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Mitchell Scholarship (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports one year of study in any discipline at a university in Ireland. Eligible are graduating seniors and graduates who are US citizens between the ages of 18 and 30. Campus application deadline for seniors (who must seek institutional nomination) typically in August; graduates apply directly for the Mitchell but are very welcome to seek application advice from Wellesley's Fellowships office.

Projects for Peace (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College '28), the Projects for Peace program offers undergraduates and graduating seniors funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2022—anywhere in the world — that promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects may employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding ways to resolve conflict and maintain peace. Any current Wellesley student is eligible to apply. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Upcoming Event

Fellowships Virtual Pop-up Advising

Monday, August 15th 2022, 10:00 am -
11:00 am EDT

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Calling any Wellesley student or graduate: drop in online or call in by telephone to chat about fellowships and scholarships!

From the most general question (what exactly is a fellowship, anyway?) to the most specific (could I use this fellowship to study bees in Eastern Europe?)?the Fellowships team is here to help! Virtual Pop-ups provide you with the chance to*pop? in without an appointment. All inquiries are welcome!

Upcoming Event

Fellowships Virtual Pop-up Advising

Tuesday, August 16th 2022, 1:00 pm -
2:00 pm EDT

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Calling any Wellesley student or graduate: drop in online or call in by telephone to chat about fellowships and scholarships!

From the most general question (what exactly is a fellowship, anyway?) to the most specific (could I use this fellowship to study bees in Eastern Europe?)?the Fellowships team is here to help! Virtual Pop-ups provide you with the chance to*pop? in without an appointment. All inquiries are welcome!

Upcoming Event

Fellowships Virtual Pop-up Advising

Monday, August 22nd 2022, 12:00 pm -
1:00 pm EDT

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Calling any Wellesley student or graduate: drop in online or call in by telephone to chat about fellowships and scholarships!

From the most general question (what exactly is a fellowship, anyway?) to the most specific (could I use this fellowship to study bees in Eastern Europe?)?the Fellowships team is here to help! Virtual Pop-ups provide you with the chance to*pop? in without an appointment. All inquiries are welcome!

Upcoming Event

Fellowships Virtual Pop-up Advising

Wednesday, August 24th 2022, 3:00 pm -
4:00 pm EDT

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Calling any Wellesley student or graduate: drop in online or call in by telephone to chat about fellowships and scholarships!

From the most general question (what exactly is a fellowship, anyway?) to the most specific (could I use this fellowship to study bees in Eastern Europe?)?the Fellowships team is here to help! Virtual Pop-ups provide you with the chance to*pop? in without an appointment. All inquiries are welcome!

Oct 3, 2022

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship - direct application deadline for spring semester

Eligible: graduating seniors and recent alumnae with US citizenship/permanent residency or OPT/appropriate work permit.

Service, International Student, Postgraduate

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides college and grad school graduates with 6-9-month paid opportunities to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Explore further details and the application at http://scoville.org/apply/application-information.

*Did you know? Lizamaria Arias '17 was a Scoville Fellow in Fall 2018? Read more...

Nov 1, 2022

Lead for America Fellowship - expected direct application fall deadline

Eligible: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients who will graduate in 2023 or have graduated in 2020 or later.

Service, Postgraduate

Lead for America selects, trains, and places our nation’s most promising young leaders in two-year paid fellowships in local governments as a means of strengthening America’s public institutions, supporting our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational public service leaders. 

Please note that there are typically three application rounds for the fellowships in the fall, winter, and spring.  Apply as early as you can!  This is an expected deadline; please see the program website for updates and additional details.  

Questions? ...

Oct 4, 2022

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: current graduates presently attending a qualifying college or university and expecting to complete your advanced degree requirements (including the completion or successful defense of any required thesis or dissertation) by August 31st of the year following the annual application or recent graduates who have completed an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university during the two years preceding the opening date of the PMF Program’s annual application. “Advanced degree” is defined as a professional or graduate degree (e.g., Master's, Ph.D., J.D.). Eligibility to apply to the PMF Program for selection of Finalists is based on an advanced degree, not by the type or discipline of the advanced degree. "Certificate" programs are not eligible. There are no GPA (grade point average) requirements or age restrictions associated with the application. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens can apply to the PMF Program. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for Federal employment if the individual is (1) Eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws, and (2) is eligible for AND pursuing U.S. citizenship OR appointed by a Federal agency that has the authority to hire non-U.S. citizens.

Service, Postgraduate, International Student

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is the Federal Government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree (Master’s, PhD, JD) students/recent alums across all academic disciplines and from all segments of society. The PMF Program is a prestigious two-year fellowship at a Federal agency with full salary and benefits, exciting training and development opportunities, and a senior-level mentor, all of which can lead to a permanent career in government. In short, this is one of the best ways for graduate students across all academic backgrounds to launch a career...

Oct 25, 2022

Princeton in Africa - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: rising seniors and recent graduates; U.S. citizenship NOT required.

International Student, Travel, Service, Postgraduate

Princeton in Africa (PiAf) matches talented and passionate college graduates with our partners working across Africa for yearlong service projects. Our Fellows have helped improve education and public health, source fresh water and alternative energy, increase family incomes, and so much more.  

**Please note this is an expected deadline; please see the program website for updates and additional details.  

Questions?  Any prospective Wellesley applicants are welcome to seek advice from the ...

Nov 1, 2022

Princeton in Asia - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: rising seniors and recent graduates; U.S. citizenship NOT required.

International Student, Travel, Service, Postgraduate

Princeton in Asia (PiA) offers service-oriented fellowships in the fields of education, media/journalism, international development (NGOs) and business, with a majority of fellows working as English teachers at universities and high schools.  Please note that the application closes at 12:00 pm EDT. Learn more about the program through their website, and sign up for one of their October webinars for applicants!

**Please note this is an expected deadline; please see the program website for...