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

Undergraduate Fellowships Working Party

Tuesday, October 25th 2022, 3:30 pm -
4:30 pm EDT

Calling all first years, sophomores, and juniors!

Upcoming Event

Fellowships Virtual Pop-up Advising

Tuesday, October 11th 2022, 12:30 pm -
1:30 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!

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? ...

Feb 10, 2023

FAO Schwarz Fellowship - direct application deadline

Eligible: seniors eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship.

Postgraduate, International Student, Service

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social change designed to develop your knowledge and leadership abilities.  The Fellows work at leading nonprofit organizations in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia. These organizations are all deeply valued in their communities and have a strong record of delivering consistent results and high-quality services. Host organizations vary from year to year — and all have a proven commitment to addressing critical issues of social inequity.

The organizations selected this year are ...

Oct 26, 2022

Princeton in Africa - 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.  

Questions?  Any prospective Wellesley applicants are welcome to seek advice from the Fellowships team by dropping in online to Virtual Fellowship Pop-Ups (search...

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) is an independent non-profit organization affiliated with and located on-campus at Princeton University. Founded by Princeton students in 1898, the program fosters mutual appreciation and cross-cultural understanding between the United States and Asia through immersive work fellowships in host organizations and communities, particularly 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. PiA aims to contribute to building a world where...

Oct 15, 2022

Echoing Green - expected fall cycle direct application deadline

Eligible: applicants must be fluent in English and able to commit to working full-time on their organization (so usually graduating seniors, graduating graduate/professional students, and alumnae - but US citizenship not required).

International Student, Travel, Service, Fellowship

Echoing Green is "the Fellowship for innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels." Echoing Green offers seed-funding (up to $90,000) and support for social entrepreneurs. The program is looking for visionary leaders who are advancing racial justice and upending structural oppression globally. Join us as we work with our community of social innovators to build a world where all people can thrive!  Please note that materials must be submitted by 2:00 pm EST on the day of the deadline.  

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

Feb 9, 2023

Udall Scholarship - campus deadline

Eligible: sophomores and juniors in any field who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents

Service, Undergraduate

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. Awards are offered in three categories: 

  • Environment: For undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues
  • Tribal Policy: For Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on an array of
  • ...
Nov 27, 2022

D-Prize Global Competition - direct application fall cycle deadline

Eligible: any and all applicants are welcome, regardless of age, major, or nationality.

International Student, International Student, Travel, Service, Postgraduate

The D-Prize Global Competition is live and seeking new social entrepreneurs! D-Prize challenges bold new leaders to tackle extreme poverty. This year, as many as 30 teams will be awarded with up to $20,000 each to launch nonprofits or social ventures that can distribute proven poverty interventions to thousands, maybe even millions, of people. Who should apply? You should have enormous ambition, and can imagine yourself as a successful entrepreneur. You are ready to launch your new venture, and - if a pilot proves successful – you are excited to grow it into a world changing organization....