"Taking stock" of your abilities and interests (as well as your dreams) is a healthy-- and sometimes challenging-- endeavor throughout your senior year. Conversations with a range of mentors and advisors can be invaluable as you make decisions: from faculty and staff on campus, to family and friends who's guidance you trust. In many ways, you have earned a new set of wings: knowledge and skills that you have acquired as an undergraduate, and that you will always have with you.
Like all spirited endeavors, you might stumble here and there as you design your path beyond Brandeis. Should you decide you'd like to explore the realm of fellowship opportunities after you've graduated, we welcome you to contact our office. Sometimes a year or two away from academics actually brings more focus to a student's candidacy. We are always more than happy to discuss opportunities with recent graduates.
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Senior Year Fellowships
Senior year is one of the most significant times for exploring fellowship opportunities. In this last year of university coursework, you probably have a strong sense of where you want your undergraduate work to take you, whether it's out into the first phase of your career or onto graduate school. There are a host fellowships available to seniors and recent alum, including the Fulbright, the Rhodes, and the Marshall. Fellowships often depend on both your record of work, your ideas and research, as well as strong letters of support from your faculty.
Seniors should take full advantage of the internal funding opportunities such as the Schiff Fellowship and the Undergraduate Research Program (note that you may need to apply the spring before your senior year to qualify). In some cases, internal research funding can be used towards the work of a senior thesis.
Make use of the full range of resources available to you in terms of both your academic and professional planning. Faculty and staff can be a great help as you navigate the concerns of senior year. These relationships are often the key to discovering both academic and professional opportunities.