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Getting Started: Information & Advice

Our office is available to assist students with identifying fellowships (a merit-based grant awarded for a specific experience) that meet their interests. Fellowships (sometimes also referred to, generally, as awards and scholarships) for nearly every discipline of study and academic year, beginning as early as first-year, are available.

Awards are often quite competitive and require applicants to articulate a clear argument for how receiving these funds will help them to achieve their goal. Fellowship recipients are passionate, informed, and engaged individuals who connect their personal ambitions to a larger context. Whether you are interested in leadership, community service, social movements or a particular field of study, we can find a program to fit your needs.

Contact Information

Laura Collins, Director
Office of Scholar Development and Fellowship Advising

319 Cooper Street, Room 210 Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-2584

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Before beginning an application, students are encouraged to consider the following:

What type of experience am I looking for?

  • Experience types might include internship, research program (degreed and not), teaching, study abroad, community service and more.
  • Once you’ve narrowed the type of experience you are looking for, learn the program inside and out. You will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the program and how your experience fits its mission.

How much time do I hope to commit to my experience?

  • Researching and applying for fellowships takes time. Consider how this process will fit in to your existing roles and responsibilities.
  • Deadlines are nonnegotiable, so work backward from that date to ensure that you budget enough time to thoughtfully compose and compile all application components. We encourage all students to plan minimally one-year in advance.
  • Depending on the type of program you apply for, the timeframe for participation will range from days to years – know what you are willing to commit to.

How will this experience help me reach my future goals?

  • Your fellowship application will be best supported by clear, defined objectives. The most appropriate award will be one that aligns with your goals.
  • Most importantly, remember that fellowships are means to achieve your goals, not the goal in itself.

Am I qualified?

  • Eligibility requirements will vary among awards; some require a minimum GPA, particular class year, financial need, U.S. citizenship, and more. Keep these things in mind as you consider appropriate options.
  • If you’re not sure where to begin, visit our Find Your Fellowship page for more information. Our office is also available to answer any eligibility questions you may have.