Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions

  • The SJU Fellowships Office will advise you on summer internships, but not on an internship during the academic year. The Career  Center supports students in landing internships through providing one one-on-one support and key resources. Check out their website here to begin your personalized internship search. They are located on the Marcy Dugan Wolfington Campus behind the Maguire Wolfington Welcome Center (Undergraduate Admissions).


  • It is advisable that you do so. These are very competitive awards and you should always have a second option. While applying for one fellowship/scholarship can take considerable time and energy, you will realize that a second or third application is easier to complete. In addition, those who have written letters of recommendation can easily adapt them to other applications.

  • Typically, there is no problem waiting until after graduation to apply for a fellowship/scholarship. You just need to read carefully the eligibility requirements of the particular fellowship/scholarship. Sometimes, taking a year off to work or to continue your studies will help you to hone in on exactly what you would like to do.

  • The best place to begin is to reflect on your academic performance, as it may determine to a great extent your eligibility. It is equally important to consider carefully your aspirations and goals. You should also schedule an appointment with Dr. Enrique Téllez-Espiga to discuss your options. 

  • Actually, some fellowships/scholarships, such as the Rhodes and Rotary, accept applicants from citizens of other countries. In addition, a naturalized resident or child of naturalized parents may apply for a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. In each case, it is best to consult the information about eligibility. The SJU Fellowships Office will assist those who are not U.S. citizens in gathering information about fellowships from other countries.