Advice For Students Looking For Funding

Dr. Laura Damuth (center) spoke to the McNair Scholars about applying for Graduate Fellowships. Following the session, Morgan Conley (left) and Mike Gubbels (right) asked Dr. Damuth follow-up questions.

Dr. Laura Damuth (center) spoke to the McNair Scholars about applying for Graduate Fellowships. Following the session, Morgan Conley (left) and Mike Gubbels (right) asked Dr. Damuth follow-up questions.

In addition to directing the UCARE Program, Dr. Laura Damuth serves as Undergraduate Fellowship Advisor. Recently, Dr. Damuth
presented a workshop for the McNair Junior Scholars entitled, Graduate Fellowships: What They Are and How to Apply. She stressed
that the fellowship application process can be complicated and the criteria are very specific. She advised Scholars to allow themselves
sufficient time to search for the appropriate fellowships, but Dr. Damuth suggests to “always start by contacting the graduate program
itself.”

Dr. Damuth offered this advice for students looking for funding:

  1. Contact the graduate program itself to ask about available financial support. Some universities will have a fellowship office that
    can help you identify opportunities for financial support.  For example, the UNL Office of Graduate Studies Set has an extensive
    list of available external fellowships. Check out this list at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/funding-external.shtml

    Contact the graduate program itself to ask about available financial support. Some universities will have a fellowship office that can help you identify opportunities for financial support.  For example, the UNL Office of Graduate Studies Set has an extensive list of available external fellowships. Check out this list at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/funding-external.shtml

  2. When searching for external fellowship funding, use online search engines and databases (i.e., FastWeb or the Princeton Review) and books (i.e., Petersen’s Scholarships, Grants & Prizes) to find more general listings.
  3. Consider applying for national fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Damuth notes that it takes a great amount of “planning, thought, and preparation” to apply for the more competitive fellowships so “start early.” Plan well ahead of the deadline.  According to Dr. Damuth, you’ll want to spend considerable time over the summer writing your fellowship proposal. If you’re interested in applying for competitive fellowships, make an appointment with Dr.Damuth.
  4. Think global!  Consider applying for a Fulbright or a Rotary Fellowship.  These programs allow fellowship recipients to study, teach, and conduct research in other countries.

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