How Do I Apply for an Inter/National Fellowship?

Follow these steps:

  1. Get to know the basics about any fellowship that interests you by reading our overview on it. An overview of each inter/national fellowship is in the left-hand menu under the inter/national fellowships tab. Overviews explain the purpose and history of the fellowship as well as eligibility requirements (GPA, field of study, and other qualifications).
  2. Request an appointment to meet with a fellowships office advisor. We'll help you think through whether or not the fellowship is a good fit, and guide you on when to start working on the application.
  3. Begin preparing your application materials and seeking recommendation letters. In addition to the overview page, each inter/national fellowship has an application page on our website. Consult that page for details about the application essays and recommendation requirements.
  4. Submit the application by the internal deadline (usually about a month or so before the foundation's deadline). Once you complete the initial application and submit it, a faculty committee will review your application, in many cases interview you, and make an endorsement decision. Decisions are based on the materials you submit and the guidelines set by the foundations. Not all candidates are endorsed; sometimes there is a limit on the number we may nominate, and sometimes an applicant's materials do not meet the criteria. But if we are encouraging you to apply, you definitely have a shot at it!
  5. The Office of Fellowships notifies each candidate via email of the Committee's decision. Endorsed candidates submit a final application to the foundations with continued support and guidance from the fellowships office staff.

How do I apply for Amherst College Fellowships?

Follow these steps:

  1. Read the AC Fellowships Overview and Application pages. No need to meet with staff in the Office of Fellowships, but feel free to send us questions if you have them. 
  2. Submit your application materials by FEB 10th (same deadline every year); submit financial forms and have recommenders submit their letters by FEB 17th. You will hear by mid-April about your award status.

There is no interview for AC Fellowships. Due to the high volume of applicants, the fellowships office staff does not offer feedback on application essays. Be assured that if you have qualified for financial aid, have written a clear essay answering the prompt, and have submitted otehr materials that support your decision to attend graduate school or pursue independent training in the arts, you are highly likely to receive an award.

Have questions? Please contact us.

Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall


Mailing address: 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002

On-Campus Mailing Address: AC #2214, PO Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002