Investigate the range of opportunities available! Talk to your professors about fellowships that may be discipline-specific. You are gearing up for the second half of your university experience, and there are tremendous resources available to you. If you are seeking an advising conversation about the "big picture," be sure to take advantage of the drop-in hours at The Office of Academic Services.
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Junior Year Fellowships
Junior year is an ideal time to investigate fellowship opportunities. In this third year of university coursework, you know much more your own academic interests, as well as how different fields of study interact with each other. Keep exploring! And remain open to discovering some unexpected academic interests all the way through your years as a student.
Juniors can take full advantage of the internal funding opportunities such as the Schiff Fellowship and the Undergraduate Research Program. Be sure to attend one of the fellowship information sessions that run throughout the year so you know how to get started, as well as what your application should communicate to a fellowship committee. You can also begin planning for (and in some cases, applying for) some of the national fellowships such as the Goldwater, the Truman, and the Fulbright.
Continue to build your network of advisors as you go through junior year! Building relationships with faculty and mentors across campus continues to be truly important as you advance through the semesters. These relationships are often the key to gaining research experience, as well as a host of other academic opportunities.