Watson Fellowship: Info session and Virtual Visit

Watson Fellowship: Info session and Virtual Visit from Jocelyn Velasquez Baez ’23, Watson Fellow
12:15-1:15pm Thursday April 18, Fisk 201 or Zoom

At this event, we will introduce the Watson Fellowship and hear directly from Jocelyn Velasquez Baez ’23, who will be Zooming in from her world travels as a Watson Fellow. Her project, “Ethical Understandings of Traditional Medicine” focuses on how traditional medicine perceived within indigenous and ethnic communities. Engaging with traditional medicine practitioners, knowledge keepers, and community members around the world, Jocelyn is spending a year exploring their understandings of traditional medicine, and its future in the wider healthcare system.

Hybrid event: in person in Fisk 201, the Fries Center for Global Studies, or join remotely via Zoom. Pizza & salad will be served.
Register through WesNest if you’re coming in person, or if you want to attend online register here for the Zoom link.

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is open to all Wesleyan students; the deadline comes in the fall of senior year and candidates work on the application over the summer. Students of all class years are welcome to attend this event to learn about the Watson Fellowship (it’s never too early to learn!).

Fulbright for Teaching English Abroad – Info Session & Alumni Insights, Wednesday April 3 12:15-1:15pm, Fisk 201

Learn about the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program with special guest Margalit Katz ’22 (they/them). Margalit will Zoom in from Mexico to talk about their experience teaching English there. We will also cover the basics of the Fulbright program and how to apply to Fulbright through Wesleyan.

What is Fulbright? Fulbright U.S. Student Program participants pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad. in one of 140+ countries. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. US citizens and nationals eligible to apply for the Fulbright US Student program beginning in junior spring.

Students from all majors and all class years are welcome to attend. Lunch will be served so please RSVP via WesNest to help us with the head count.

Can’t make it to this session in person? Email fellowships@wesleyan.edu to be connected to future Fulbright alumni events and additional resources on applying.

Annual Fulbright Webinar (3/7)

Thursday March 7, 2024 at 2pm (HYBRID: Fisk 201 or Zoom)
Register ahead to attend our annual webinar with Fulbright US Student Program alumni, national program staff, and our Fulbright advisor here at Wesleyan. It’s a great way to learn about Study/Research Grants and English Teaching Assistantships through the Fulbright US Student Program. Juniors and seniors who are US citizens or nationals are eligible to apply this year. (The application portal will open in April.)

We’ll hear from the national program staff and alumni ambassadors first, and then go into a breakout room to break down how the application process works at Wesleyan—all told probably just over an hour. If you’re unsure whether you can join live, register anyway and we can send you the recording after the fact.

Sponsored by the Office of Fellowships at the Fries Center for Global Studies.

Beinecke Scholarship Program

Are you interested in completing a graduate degree in the arts, humanities, or social sciences? Wesleyan can nominate one student each year to apply to the national competition for the Beinecke Scholarship. Those selected as Beinecke scholars receive $5,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies. 

To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:

  • Demonstrate superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during their undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2023-2024 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2024 and August 2025.
  • Plan to enter a research- or creative-focused master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. NOTE: Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience or clinical psychology should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have a documented history of being eligible to receive need-based financial aid during their undergraduate years, with a slight preference for Pell Grant recipients. Other evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state, or federal grants-in-aid.

The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study (there are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants). 

Because Wesleyan can nominate only one Beinecke applicant per year, nominations are competitive.

Read more about the Beinecke Scholarship and Wesleyan’s campus process for nominating students to the national competition at the link, and if you’d like to apply contact fellowships@wesleyan.edu by January 11, 2024 at the latest.

Goldwater Scholarship Info Session 

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship grants scholarships to undergraduates who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering (the full list of disciplines is available at the bottom of the Goldwater Scholarship’s eligibility guidelines). Both sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply, though in most cases juniors are most competitive. All applicants must be actively engaged in research in addition to their coursework to be considered for this scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship does have a monetary component ($7500 in the senior year those those who apply as a junior or $7500 in the junior year and again in the senior year for those that receive the award as a sophomore). But even more importantly, winning the Goldwater serves as a marker of early academic promise that can help students secure future fellowships, admission to graduate school, and other important forms of recognition and access that will be an asset to building a career in research. 

The Office of Fellowships will hold an info session and Q&A about the Goldwater Scholarship on Thursday October 26 in Fisk Hall Room 201 at 4:30pm. Join us there to learn more! Freshman, sophomores, and juniors are welcome. (Come listen, even if you might apply in a future year, rather than right now!). Those interested in applying this year should complete the pre-application (available on the Goldwater Scholarship website) by November 1, 2022 (or earlier!). Reach out to fellowships@wesleyan.edu with any questions.

Fellowships & Scholarships for Careers for the Public Good

Join the Office of Fellowships to hear about fellowship opportunities for those interested in careers centered on advancing the public good. We’ll talk about the role fellowships can play in helping you achieve your goals, the support you have access to through the Office of Fellowships and upcoming deadlines to be aware of. 

During this session, we’ll have a virtual visit from Annika Freudenberger, who is a recipient of both the Truman Scholarship and Luce Scholarship. Annika is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she is a communications and non-profit organizational development consultant. She moved to Cambodia in 2020 with a Luce Scholarship. During her Luce year, she was based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, at the Center for Khmer Studies where she led its urban research program. Before moving to Cambodia, Annika was Ruckelshaus Fellow at Meridian Institute in Washington, D.C., where she worked with governments, foundations, the private sector, and civil society on climate, environment, and food systems challenges. Annika received her B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College in 2018 (which explains her nerdiness about urban design, maps, and public transit). Annika grew up in Madagascar and Burlington, Vermont; she is a 2017 Truman Scholar representing Vermont.

Lunch will be served. Register ahead to help us with the head count for ordering lunch!

Contact fellowships@wesleyan.edu with any questions.

Fellowships Webinar Reminder – Wed 8/23

Please don’t forget to sign up and attend for the Class of 2025 Fellowships Webinar tomorrow, Wed 8/23 at 5:00 pm EDT. Information below:

Join Dr. Kowsz from the Office of Fellowships to hear about fellowship opportunities for juniors at Wesleyan. We’ll talk about the role fellowships can play in helping you achieve your goals, deadlines to be aware of during the junior year, and postgraduate opportunities you can start exploring as a junior. We will discuss opportunities open to all disciplines, but those interested in STEM, public service, environmental studies, and education are especially encouraged to attend because of the junior-year deadlines that are relevant to these fields specifically. Open to all Wesleyan students graduating with the Class of 2025.

Registration Link here.