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Fellowships Office


We support UR students with excellent academic records in applying for a wide range of prestigious, nationally competitive fellowships, scholarships, and awards. If you want to pursue one of the many merit-based awards for undergraduate or graduate study, here in the U.S. or abroad, the Fellowships Office is here to help you. Some programs include a service and/or leadership focus in addition to the academic criteria. Recent college graduates and graduate students may also compete for selected awards.

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Getting Started on Your Fellowships Quest

Step 1: Review the fellowships opportunities listed under your class year on the menu to your left or join us for an information session.

Step 2:  Submit a Prospective Applicant Form so we can learn more about your academic and career interests.

Step 3: Come see us to discuss your profile and opportunities for which you might be a good match! See contact information for walk-in hours and appointment details.

Step 4: Start working on your application.

  • For awards requiring UR endorsement, begin working on the Fellowships Preliminary Questionnaire (FPQ). It is not necessary to complete the FPQ unless you want to pursue specific competitive opportunities that require formal UR endorsement or want to work intensively with the Director of Fellowships on other highly selective open-competition awards.
  • Please be advised that before we nominate you or endorse your candidacy for a fellowship competition, we will perform a conduct and academic honesty check to confirm that you are in good disciplinary and academic standing.

reminder         Hints and tips...

  • Spring FPQ submission deadline (for competitions with an early fall deadline) is March 25, 2019.
  • Check our lists of Winners & Finalists; you may already know someone who can tell you all about applying for a fellowship!


spotlight  Spotlight on... Susan Ojukwu

Susan Ojukwu ’17 to receive USAID fellowship

May 2, 2019

Susan Ojukwu (‘2017 HBS/IR) is the University of Rochester’s first winner of the USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship, awarded to outstanding individuals interested in careers in the foreign service of the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Continue Reading