Getting Started

Interested in pursuing a nationally competitive fellowship?  Outlined below are the steps to get you started!

Step 1. Read the Value of Applying.

Step 2. With your longterm goals in mind, review the lists of nationally competitive fellowships (fellowships requiring institutional endorsement, direct-apply undergraduate fellowships, and direct-apply graduate fellowships) and familiarize yourself with those that are of most interest to you.

Step 3. Complete the Student Fellowship and Research Student Information Form, a document that will help the office guide you towards a fellowship that is compatible with your goals while at Bowdoin and beyond. If you are a Mac user, please open and save this document using Adobe Acrobat, not Mac Preview. Otherwise, your form will appear blank when you submit it to Cindy.

Step 4. Arrange to meet with Director of Student Fellowships and Research Cindy Stocks by clicking here.  Please bring a hard copy of your completed Student Fellowship and Research Student Information Form to your meeting, as well as a copy of your unofficial academic history from Polaris. (For more information on how to save your unofficial academic history from Polaris as a PDF, click here.)

Step 5. During your meeting with Cindy, you will discuss the information you have provided on your Student Information Form, discuss the next steps for your application, and create an appropriate timeline of events.
Cindy will also review the many ways in which the Office of student Fellowships and Research can
support your application process, which include the following:

  • counsel on which opportunities fit you best,
  • guidance on the application process,
  • assistance in writing and revising your personal statements and project proposals,
  • interview preparation,
  • links to resources and information on the major scholarships, and
  • advice from past scholarship winners and finalists.