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Accepting Your Fellowship
Congratulations on your Amherst College Fellowship award! We are pleased to offer you this financial support. In order to facilitate receipt of your stipend, read the information below thoroughly and upload the electronic Response Form (at the bottom of the page) no later than May 1. You may be required to submit up to two other forms (Proof of Acceptance and/or Foreign National Information Form), depending on your particular situation. Please email or call me if you have questions or need assistance with any part of this process.
Denise M. Gagnon
Director of Fellowship Advising
Things to Know About Your Amherst College Fellowship
- The awards are predicated upon your being enrolled in a graduate program, so we need to know that you are, indeed, enrolled before we can issue you your check.
- If you are attending graduate school for the first time or renewing your fellowship but in a new graduate program, you will need to provide a copy of your acceptance letter. Please upload it on the Proof of Acceptance page. If you are still awaiting acceptance or have not decided which school you will attend, please indicate on the response form that you intend to accept your fellowship and will provide us with an acceptance letter as soon as your plans are known.
- Non-U.S. residents will need to fill out the Foreign National Information Form before your fellowship checks can be processed. In some cases fellowship stipends for non-U.S. residents may be subject to federal income tax reporting and withholding.
- We issue a listing of fellowship recipients which will appear in next year's Amherst College Catalog; in order for your name to appear, please send us the name of the school you will be attending by May 1, 2015.The Amherst Fellowship Response form (click on link at bottom of page) can serve to notify us of that school. If your plans are not firm by the early May date, we may not be able to include your name on the catalog list, but we will still need to know if you intend to accept the fellowship.
- If for any reason you do not attend graduate school next fall, you must notify us in writing or on the response form that you are resigning your fellowship. This will allow us to reallocate your funds to another fellowship candidate. You may reapply in the future.
- You are required to let any other school or organization which grants you financial support for graduate school know that you are receiving this fellowship. In like manner, you must also let us know if you receive any other financial support. Often, the receipt of additional funding will have no effect on the amount of your Amherst College Fellowship award; however, in some cases, the award amount will need to be adjusted in the interest of fairness.
- Checks are sent for one-half the award amount by September 15, and the other half by January 15 of the academic year. N.B.: If your award is for $500 or less, the entire amount will be sent to you in September. The response form has a place for letting us know the address where you would like your checks sent; please let us know if that changes.
- Many fellowship recipients have asked how to thank fellowship donors for providing them with these funds. The Amherst College Donor Relations Office offers an easy and direct way to accomplish this most appreciated gesture. We encourage you to do so by accessing the Fellowship Thank You Form.
- If you wish to apply for a renewal of your fellowship next year, and would like to be notified by email when the 2016 application is posted, please send an email to Suzanne Spencer, firstname.lastname@example.org in the fall. Renewal is not automatic and it would be impossible for us to remind each of you that it is time for you to reapply, so please keep the deadline date of February 10 in your heads or on your calendars so that you don't miss your chance for next year's deliberations. It is important to remember that award amounts vary from year to year, based on the number of applicants in your field and on the amount of money available for that field -- we cannot guarantee that we can fund you at the same level every year you apply. Also remember that the committee has imposed a three-year limit on renewals.
- Please note that your fellowship may be taxable. The IRS states that "if you are a degree candidate, scholarship or fellowship money used for tuition, books, supplies and equipment is not considered income. You do not have to pay taxes on this money.” However, "amounts received for room, board and other incidental expenses are considered income. You must pay taxes on this money.” In other words, if you use your fellowship money for tuition, books, supplies or equipment, you do not have to declare it as income on your tax form, but if you use it for rent or other living expenses, you do.
PLEASE SUBMIT THE Amherst Fellowship Response Form BY MAY 1