Fellowships 101: What are they? Who are they for?

Fellowships 101: What are they? Who are they for?

Fellowships 101 By Jason Chan   Do you sometimes wish you could spend all your time exploring and learning about a topic or issue that you’re passionate about? Are there questions you have about the world that you wish you had the opportunity to answer? Do you feel you have the potential to make an impact in society? If you answered “yes” (or even “maybe”) to these questions, you might be a good candidate for a fellowship! Read more to learn about what fellowships are and how you can begin exploring possible opportunities.   What is a fellowship? Although fellowships encompass an array of opportunities, in general, they are short-term funded experiences that allow you to do a deep dive into a particular area of interest. Spending a year or two gaining expert knowledge about a subject you’re passionate about, developing new skills while cultivating ones you already have, and gaining exposure to new perspectives and new communities – these are hallmarks of many fellowship opportunities.   What would I be doing in a fellowship? Fellowships come in a variety of types. Some, like the Fulbright, involve conducting research, while others, like the Rhodes or the Soros, are intended for graduate study in a range of disciplines. Some, like the Fulbright-ETA, are oriented around teaching, while others like the Luce place fellows in service agencies or nonprofit organizations. And while some, like the Gaither, are based in the U.S., others take place overseas or – in the case of the Watson – across multiple countries around the world. Chances are there’s a fellowship opportunity out there that’s relevant to your...