National and international scholarships and fellowships provide extraordinary opportunities for study, research, and professional experience. Typically funded by government grants or private foundations and recent graduates who are interested in public service, independent projects, and post-graduate study in the US and abroad.
The awards range from full to partial funding. Some fellowships are very specific about the areas of study they support while others are more open. Most are highly competitive and come along with other possible benefits, including international prestige, preferential admission to graduate schools, leadership training, opportunities for international exchange, and access to networks of individuals who share ambitious goals.
All fellowship applications require considerable time and effort, and some of them require a nomination or endorsement by Bucknell University before you can apply.
Meredith Lutz '17 recently received a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, an award granted to undergraduate students with outstanding potential for research careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.Learn more about Meredith's Award
Preparing a Strong Application
Each national fellowship has unique criteria and requirements. Become familiar with the websites and all associated information for any fellowship to which you plan to apply.
Writing a Project Proposal
How will you persuade the selection committee that your project is feasible and worthwhile?
Writing a Personal Statement
You need to tell a story about you that makes the selection committee members want to meet you.
Seeking a Letter of Recommendation
The ideal letter of recommendation comes from someone who knows you well in the context of the specific fellowship, can evaluate your performance and potential in detail, and will write on your behalf with obvious interest and enthusiasm.
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