What We Do
The National Fellowships Program (NFP) at Johns Hopkins is committed to providing support to undergraduate and graduate students in KSAS, Whiting, and at Peabody interested in applying for nationally competitive fellowships. Program Director Dr. Kelly Barry and Assistant Director Dr. Jeannette Miller oversee twenty-two prestigious external awards funding undergraduate study, post-baccalaureate study/research, and dissertation research. Most of these awards require an institutional nomination and an on-campus selection process. Throughout the year, Dr. Barry and Dr. Miller hold information sessions to educate students about these awards, and they work with candidates one-on-one to identify which fellowships fit their particular interests and abilities, advise them through the application process, and guide them toward composing their strongest, most compelling applications. If students advance in the competition, Dr. Barry and Dr. Miller organize mock interviews to complete their preparation.
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The program’s primary mission is for each candidate to gain concrete, transferable skills from the application process. Applying for nationally competitive fellowships is one of the most high-impact, enriching experiences students can have at Johns Hopkins, because the personal and professional benefits accrue, win or lose. This may be a student's first opportunity to learn how to write a research proposal, describe academic objectives to various audiences, or explain the evolution of his or her professional interests. The process demands deliberation on future aims as well as careful consideration of the steps necessary to achieve them. While many of our students have outstanding academic records, and naturally pursue commitments to campus-based activities and public service, there are far fewer students who are able to compellingly articulate these achievements and ambitions--an essential skill for their future.
How to Get Started
Applying for prestigious external fellowships is a serious time investment. It entails careful reflection on which fellowships to apply for, and thoughtful preparation of the application materials. Please look through the information on this website, especially the FAQ and the List of Fellowships. There is no easy way to win a fellowship, but a timely exploration of the options makes the process less daunting, as does the fact that Johns Hopkins students have consistently won a generous share of these fellowships.
Scholarship programs vary widely in their aims, meeting the needs and interests of a large range of applicants. The detailed descriptions in the List of Fellowships are intended to help you understand the terms, eligibility criteria, and desired qualifications for each program. Some students may focus on a particular fellowship that fits their interests; for many students it makes sense to apply for multiple fellowships.
To discuss the prestigious external fellowships cited on our website, please attend an information session (see the listings under Events & Deadlines) or watch this narrated powerpoint of our general information session (Adobe Flash Player is required). Then, fill out this brief form and either Dr. Barry or Dr. Miller will contact you. (*Students interested in other types of scholarships and funding sources, including financial aid, please click here.)
National Fellowships Program
14 Shriver Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218