It is never too early to start thinking about fellowships or study away! At Connecticut College you’ll find a strong support network eager to connect you to valuable off-campus learning opportunities that will help you become a competitive applicant. Come to the Walter Commons for drop-in advising sessions and talk with staff advisers about connecting your academic goals with meaningful off-campus learning experiences.
Engage with your faculty by attending office hours and campus events and lectures! Ask them about their own work and areas of expertise and share your academic interests with them. Building these relationships early is an important way to strengthen your advising network and will also ensure you have strong recommendations later on.
Attend the All Campus Symposium to see how other students have woven their interests into an academic path. Maintain a record of your academic journey by using tools like e-portfolios. This archive of experiences that have impacted you will be incredibly helpful as you develop your personal statements for future applications.
Consider leadership opportunities in student run organizations and getting your written work published in a college or national publication.
Get curious about the local New London community—exploring how local concerns connect to global issues is a great place to begin engaging with the world! The Holleran Center for Community Action is a wonderful resource that can connect you with local opportunities and help prepare you to engage ethically with community partners.
Area of Focus: Language study, culture, STEM summer Description: Supports semester long, 6-12 months or summer-only study abroad programs in all regions/countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Focused on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Special summer-only programs for STEM students. Recipients commit to working for the federal government in some capacity for at least one year after graduation.
Candidate Profile: Successful candidates will meet Boren preferences for country, language, field of study, duration of program and articulate the ramifications of these choices to matters of interest to U.S. national security. Candidates commit to at least one-year of service with the federal government (preference given to well-researched longer term plans), must also include a study plan with an immersive language component and possess appropriate academic preparation, cultural adaptability, flexibility and maturity. Eligibility: First Years, Sophomores, Juniors. GPA: No minimum Campus Deadline: December
Area of Focus: Language study, cultural exchange Description: Fully funded intensive summer overseas language and cultural immersion for one of 15 critical languages.
CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP
Part of U.S. Government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. Further goal to represent geographic, institutional and field of study diversity.
Candidate Profile: Applicants selected based on merit, with consideration for academic record and potential to succeed, commitment to language learning, connection between target language and career/academic goals, ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging environment, potential to contribute to overall CLS program goals. Some languages require 1-2 years prior study. Eligibility: All enrolled students, U.S. citizens. GPA: No minimum Campus Deadline: Mid-October
Area of Focus: Peace and conflict, social justice Description: Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for students to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2020 - anywhere in the world – that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.
DAVIS 100 PROJECTS FOR PEACE
Applicants are encouraged to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging in conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding, breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace. Projects selected will receive funding of $10,000 each.
Candidate Profile: Projects to date have reflected one or more of the following characteristics: contributing to conflict prevention; ameliorating conditions leading to violence/conflict; looking for and building on shared attributes among differing peoples, races, ethnicities, tribes, clans, etc.; fostering diplomacy or otherwise contribute to advancing peace processes underway; promoting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship among those in post-conflict areas; finding creative ways to bring people on opposite sides of issues together, such as through art, sports, music, or other techniques to promote a common humanity; developing leadership and mediation skills training for those in conflict or post-conflict societies; starting or leveraging initiatives, organizations (e.g. education, health) or infrastructure projects to build/rebuild community. Eligibility: Students from all class years may apply. International students are eligible. Campus Deadline: November
Area of Focus: East or South East Asia Description: The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Funding to assist with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.
Candidate Profile: Demonstrate interest in incorporating East or Southeast Asian Studies into future academic and/or professional plans. Must have little or no previous experience in the country in which he or she plans to study. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities. Preference given to those who participate in language study that will enhance their ability to engage with the host culture. Eligibility: All currently enrolled students who are U.S. Citizens with demonstrated financial need. Campus Deadline: TBD
Area of Focus: cultural exchange, history of UK, diplomacy Description: Three-to-four week summer opportunity to explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university.
FULBRIGHT UK SUMMER INSTITUTES
Open to students with little or no travel experience outside of the US who come from a broad range of backgrounds with a strong academic record and demonstrated leadership.
Candidate Profile: Successful candidates will exhibit curiosity and openness, evidence of leadership qualities and initiative, academic ability, character, adaptability and ambassadorial qualities as well as an interest in the UK and its culture. Eligibility: First years and Sophomores with at least two academic years left, U.S. Citizens. GPA: 3.7 minimum (average 3.8) Campus Deadline: December
Area of Focus: study abroad, all fields, language Description: U.S. Department of State program enables Pell Grant recipients and those who have been historically underrepresented in US higher education to study or intern abroad thereby gaining skills critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.
GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
Candidate Profile: Pell recipient, academic preparedness and impact of planned program on student's academic and career trajectory, diversity of background and experience, choice of program and destination, impact to community. Eligibility: Pell grant recipients, U.S. Citizens, GPA: no minimum. Campus Deadline: September