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#8: Get a Great Recommendation Letter, Part 1

Most fellowships require one to three recommendation letters from people who can speak to your intellectual and professional accomplishments, as well as your personality. Many applicants simply take the instructions for the recommendation letter and flit...


#7: Prepare a Strong Project Proposal

Many fellowships require a project or research proposal describing exactly what you plan to do during the fellowship period. The Project Proposal question in the fellowship application may be a series of questions, and it’s important...


#6: Prepare a Compelling Personal Statement

Fellowships applications vary widely, but almost all of them require a personal statement of a paragraph to several pages. The personal essay is similar to a college admissions essay, where you describe your career goals, your...


#5: Finding a Host Institution

Many fellowships for independent research or professional development, like the German Chancellor Fellowship and some types of Fulbright awards, require you to find a host institution during the application process. Normally, the host is the organization that would provide you...


#4: Prepare An Effective Resume

It’s hard to find good, consistent advice these days on how to develop an effective resume. I have found that the layout and length of your resume should correspond with your years of work experience. If...


Volunteer Abroad with an Omprakash Volunteer Grant

Omprakash volunteers and partner representatives at the 2012 Cross Cultural Educational Workshop in Costa Rica Through the ProFellow network, we were recently introduced to ProFellow Willy Oppenheim, an enterprising Rhodes Scholar who directs the non-profit organization Omprakash....


5 Ways To Kick Your Career Funk

My happiness with my previous 9-5 jobs was highly variable, but I finally figured out how to get paid to work on things I love. After working for several years in Washington, DC, I developed my...


#3: Reach Out to Former Fellows

When developing a fellowship application, I recommend reaching out to former fellows that have done similar projects or have a similar background to yours. They can give you project ideas, tips on the application process and...


#2: Fellowship Project Proposal Ideas

In my last post I suggested listing out 4-5 general ideas for your fellowship project proposal as far in advance of the fellowship application deadline as possible (ideally, 6 months). You’ll want to do this before talking...

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