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Getting Started

It is never too early to get started exploring competitive awards and fellowships. Successful applicants have to articulate their interests and provide evidence of their leadership, service, academic achievements and other experiences that prepare them for their work ahead.  Taking time now to cultivate those experiences makes you a stronger candidate with a better chance of success.

  • Take a class that challenges your skills, knowledge and comfort level every semester. Suggestions of what you can do now to be strong applicants for these and other competitive opportunities:

  • Actively engage in opportunities that develop your communication skills and leadership abilities. 

  • Get involved in the local community, not just the DePauw community.

  • Pursue research opportunities as well as internship opportunities

  • Study abroad and take a foreign language class.

  • Develop strong relationships with your faculty members, being sure they get to know who you are beyond the classroom.

  • Explore your career interests and opportunities.

  • When you decide to apply, start early - at least 3 months before the deadline.

  • Meet with the fellowship adviser for guidance on career interests and fellowship opportunities.