The Office of Fellowships advises Amherst College students and alumni on a number of competitive awards that can be applied to a variety of academic and other goals. For sophomores, juniors, seniors, and alumni, we administer competitions for externally funded, nationally competitive awards that require institutional endorsement of applicants. These are referred to as National Fellowships and Scholarships. For seniors and recent alumni, we administer the Amherst College Fellowships (internal awards that partially fund graduate study), and manage the application process for the Amherst-Doshisha Fellowship. For brief summaries of all the fellowships we administer, including eligibility requirements, see Fellowships at a Glance.
The office is staffed by the Director of Fellowships, Christine Oversteet, and a Fellowships Coordinator. We offer AC students and alums counseling on which grant opportunities fit you best; guidance on the application process; assistance in writing and revising your personal statements and project proposals; interview preparation; referrals to resources and information on major scholarships; and advice from past scholarship winners and finalists.
The Office of Fellowships is not a resource for summer grants, direct-apply scholarships (except the Gates Cambridge award), or paid internships. For those and other funding opportunities, please check with the Career Center, the Center for Community Engagement, and/or your academic department.