Z. Smith Reynolds Fellowship and Internship

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians by building an inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant state. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $350 million to statewide, regional, and community-based organizations in all 100 counties in North Carolina.

Every year, ZSR offers exciting employment opportunities for North Carolina college students, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in philanthropy, public policy, community service and/or the nonprofit sector. We want to make sure your students know about them!

Ø  ZSR Fellowship: A two-year, full-time entry position for recent college graduates.

Ø  ZSR Internship: A paid, research-intensive summer internship for current undergraduate and graduate students.

Ø  Non-Profit Internship Program (NPIP): 20 paid summer internships with non-profits across the state for Pell-eligible undergraduates.

Applications for the ZSR Fellowship, ZSR Internship, and NPIP will be available in early October 2013. Applications and related materials are due: December 3, 2013 for the Fellowship; January 6, 2014 for the Internship; and February 3, 2014 for NPIP. More information can be found at zsr.org

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems Fellowship

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems Fellowships are for recent grads in the STEM fields, for grad students in the STEM fields, for MBA students, and for marketing grads. This is a great program for students who want a year or two off before grad school, or who want to go into sustainable energy systems work.

Why should I apply for a post-graduate fellowship?

When students think about post graduation plans, they tend to think either about going straight into the workforce or of going onto graduate school. These are both valid choices, and depending on the student, they might great choices. One thing that all students should keep in mind, however, is that there are many more options out there than just those two, and depending on a student’s future plans, one option could be far better than the others.
The term “post-graduate fellowship” can encompass a variety of programs, some of which involve graduate school in the US or abroad, and some of which strictly involve research or service abroad or in the US. Postgraduate fellowships that pay for students to attend graduate school are the most obvious great deal. In many fields, a graduate degree can increase a worker’s salary potential as well as increase a worker’s competitive appeal on the job market. Clearly, it is better to have someone else foot that bill! Some graduate fellowships do require that students work in a specific field for a certain amount of time. The SMART Scholarship requires that students work for the Department of Defense for one year for every year that the award has been received, and the Rangel and Pickering fellowships require that students work as foreign service officers for at least three years after graduation. For students who are seeking careers with these agencies, these fellowships can be a great deal, as they provide a pathway to employment. Always know about fellowship’s post-graduation requirements before you apply, and take these seriously.

 

One type of fellowship that many students don’t often consider are the international fellowships. International fellowships, such as the Rhodes Scholarship, the Fulbright Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship, and the Mitchell scholarship, allow students to study at an institution in another country. Some scholarships, like the Rhodes, specify the particular university at which the student can study. Others, like the Marshall and the Mitchell, specify the region (in this case, the UK and Ireland, respectively). Still others, like the Fulbright, allow you to pick the country or region. Though many students are often hesitant to do graduate work in another country, there are many highly respected programs outside the United States, depending on what you are studying. International education also gives students a broader perspective on the world by allowing them to experience new cultures and situations. Employers look for students who have these qualities, and so your international experiences can absolutely give you an advantage in the workplace. Employers are also very interested in students who have received highly competitive fellowships. So, while taking two or three years to study on fellowship may seem like you are taking time off from the workforce, you are actually investing in your future career in a major way!

 

Not all fellowship cover graduate programs. Some fund student research. The Fulbright program, for example, provides students with funding to conduct research in another country. Though this research does need to be conducted in affiliation with a foreign university or institution, students are able to conduct these projects independently. This can be a great way to build up research that you might use in graduate school, and it can also be a good way to build up research that you might use in a professional setting. Fulbright scholarships fund students in a wide variety of fields, including the humanities, the arts, and STEM fields.

 

There are still other fellowship opportunities that cover research or public service work in the US. For instance, the Carnegie Junior Fellows program funds students to work as research assistants to the institutes senior fellows, performing research on different aspects of foreign policy and international relations. Again, this work would provide researchers with a great body of research to take to graduate school as well as with connections in the field.

 

So who should apply for these opportunities? In short, anyone who has a strong record of academic success and involvement on campus, in research, or in the community, who seeks to expand their education, who, in some cases, seeks to experience a new and different culture, and who, most importantly, seeks to grow both as a person and as an academic should seriously consider applying for a post-graduate fellowship. These programs are competitive and the applications are often daunting, but as an NC A&T student, you have a dedicated office  to work with you. Spend some time on this blog to find opportunities that you might be interested in, and then make an appointment with me, Ms. Whiteside (aewhites@ncat.edu), and I’ll be happy to work with you.

Library of Congress – Kislak Short-Term Fellowship Opportunities in American Studies

“The Library of Congress offers short-term fellowships for independent scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, and college and university faculty to conduct research based on items from the Kislak Collection.

The Kislak Collection spans three millennia and includes masterworks of the pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean and rare books, manuscripts, documents, maps, and artwork from the earliest records of European contact through the period of exploration and settlement the Americas. Complementing the books and manuscripts is an extensive research library of secondary sources.

The Kislak Fellows Program supports scholarly research that contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the cultures and history of the Americas. It provides an opportunity for a period of up to four months of concentrated use of materials from the Kislak Collection and other collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency at the Library. The program supports research projects in the disciplines of archaeology, history, cartography, epigraphy, linguistics, ethno-history, ethnography, bibliography and sociology, with particular emphasis on Florida, the circum-Caribbean region and Mesoamerica. We encourage interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines in novel and productive way.”

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

Deadline: January 14, 2013

Fellowship given to recent graduates that places them with U.S. community organizations that work  to fight hunger and poverty. Students work with the organization for five months. Before  their service they attend a field training session in Washington D.C., and after, they return to DC for a debriefing. Following this, they stay in DC and work with nonprofit and government organizations on issues of policy.

The program provides students with a $16,000 living stipend, housing during the five month field placement, health insurance, travel expenses, a $4,000 housing subsidy for D.C., and an end of program stipend.