Laying the Groundwork for a Post-Graduation Study Abroad Fellowship

The Office of Fellowships and Grants would like students to know that individuals who have studied abroad have an advantage in applying for national fellowships that send graduating seniors and alumni abroad—including the Fulbright, Watson, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, and Huntington Public Service Award.

  • The most important thing students can do in preparation for these opportunities is to work closely with faculty and the internship or volunteer supervisors in their study abroad country, and discuss with them projects or research areas the student might want to pursue, were they to return on a fellowship.
  • Fulbright applicants for graduate study or creative projects can significantly enhance their applications by supplementing them with “Letters of Institutional Affiliation.” These are letters from contacts abroad who are interested in working with a student should they return on a Fulbright grant.
  • We strongly suggest that students interested in post-graduate experiences abroad be sure to keep detailed contact information (full name, email, mobile, mailing address) of all contacts abroad who might be able to support your plans for returning to the host country or willing to write a letter of recommendation for you.
  • Students interested in post-graduate fellowship deadline and other information should visit the Office of Fellowships and Grants website or email fellowships@whitman.edu.