Academic Fellowships

A fellowships staff members works with a student in an office

The primary goal of Academic Fellowships at Brandeis is to support students’ academic growth and development. The process of applying for a competitive fellowship or research opportunity can help students clarify goals and set in motion a plan to achieve them. As fellowship advisors, we can help you learn more about which opportunities are a good match for your interests and then guide you through the application process, from developing your initial ideas all the way through writing your proposal or essays and ultimately submitting your application. We work with students in every class year, from any background, with any GPA, and in any area of interest. Whether you are just beginning your academic journey or already have a specific research project or fellowship application in mind, we look forward to helping you make the most of the available opportunities at Brandeis and beyond!  

Fellowships provide support for students to develop their academic interests further. The Fellowships Advising Team can help you learn about various opportunities, reflect on your short- and long-term goals, and take steps toward your future. We counsel both current Brandeis students and recent Brandeis alumni.

Many fellowships are devoted to funding students with good ideas, and therefore many factors are taken into account other than GPA in order to qualify. Students also often report that applying for a fellowship had unexpected benefits, like closer relationships with their faculty mentor, strengthened writing skills, and a clearer sense of purpose.

If you have decided to apply for a fellowship or are interested in learning more about them, the best first step is to make an appointment to meet with Meredith Monaghan or Elizabeth Rotolo as soon as you can. We love meeting students and helping students think through what matters to them and why, and how fellowships can help them make their mark on this world. We can't wait to talk with you!