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: Join us for an information session or review the fellowships opportunities listed under your class year on the menu to your left.

Step 2: After attending a fellowships information session and/or reviewing award program websites, send an up-to-date résumé to fellowships@rochester.edu and plan to come to the Fellowships Office to discuss your profile and opportunities for which you might be a good match. If you do not have a résumé, fill out the Prospective Fellowship Applicant Form and send it as an attachment to fellowships@rochester.edu.

Step 3: Come see us! 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 Fellowships Preliminary Questionnaire (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. Click here for the release/waiver form; please sign and return to the Fellowships Office.

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spotlight  Spotlight on... Fulbright!

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Students.  The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.  Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education

The University of Rochester is proud of its designation as a 2016-2017 top producer of US Student grant winners. We also received this designation in 2013-2014.

Eleven UR students (ten of whom accepted) won Fulbright awards for 2016-17!

Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and con-duct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available here.

Kudos also to these UR students and alumni who have advanced to semi-finalist status for 2017-18 Fulbright grants:

* Nina Baek ’17 (French / Linguistics) Belgium
* Ivey Barker ’16G (M.A., Photographic Preservation & Collections Management) Poland
* Lauren Bolz ’17 (Chemistry / Economics) Netherlands
* Dorothy Canevari ’17 (Bassoon / Anthropology) Netherlands
* Alexandra Cohen ’17 (Musical Arts / German) Germany
* Michael Gilbert ’17 (Biochemistry) Hong Kong
* Ellen Kim ’17 (Health, Behavior & Society) South Korea
* Miriam Kohn ’17 (Linguistics) Laos
* Minsoo Lee ’16 (Electrical & Computer Engineering) UK
* Dovas Lietuvninkas ’16 (Trumpet / Music Education) Lithuania
* Julianne McAdams ’17 (Creative Writing) Germany
* Robert Parent ’17 (Russian) Germany
* Casey Silver ’18G (SM&D) India
* Khamai Simpson ’17 (German / Health, Behavior & Society) Germany
* Julissa Thompson ’16 (Psychology) Barbados
* Caroline Vaczy '16 (French) Brazil
* Alice Wynd ’17 (History) Germany

Forty undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni applied for the Fulbright in fall 2016 through the River Campus and Eastman Fulbright Committees. Nineteen are now semi-finalists and awaiting final award decisions. (Two semi-finalists did not want their names publicized at this time.)

Want to be like them? First, you have to apply. Visit the Fulbright website to learn more about the U.S. Student Grant Program. And see our Fulbright pages to learn about the UR campus application/nomination process.