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What Is A Fellowship?

Fellowships are short-term, paid, opportunities that are sponsored by a specific organization and obtained through a competitive application process. Organizations sponsor Fellowships for multiple reasons. Most often they are seeking to expand their field by funding research, curating talent for the future workforce, and developing leaders. To satisfy that purpose, host organizations engage Fellows in challenging work and invest in their professional development.

There are a vast number of Fellowships, and programs vary widely. They can be designed to support a range of activities including graduate study in a specific field, research to advance work on a particular issue, developing a new community-based organization or initiative, training and reflection to support the fellow’s growth, and opportunities to further explore a particular field of work. Fellowships can take place domestically or abroad and they can last from a few months to several years.

Finding Fellowships

There are many online resources available to assist you in your search for Fellowship opportunities. We created this Handshake page with a curated list of resources that will get you off to a great start!

FAQs about Fellowships