The Office of Fellowships and Awards (OFA) assists undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni in applying for national and international fellowships and awards. 

Please contact our office by email or phone, or make an appointment to meet with one of the fellowships advisors. 

Our offices are located in Lakeview Hall.

Office of Fellowships and Awards
Lakeview Hall, room 1184
(540) 568-8960 

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Meredith Malburne-Wade
Jared Diener

Meredith Malburne-Wade

Meredith Malburne-Wade, Ph.D.

Director, Fellowships and Awards

Dr. Malburne-Wade (Dr. M) has been Director of Fellowships and Awards at JMU since 2019. She co-chairs the JMU Fulbright Advisory Committee, chairs multiple fellowship committees, and frequently serves as an external reader for several fellowships (including Gilman, CLS, and Boren). A first-generation student herself and an English professor by training, she serves on the First-Generation Advisory Group and University Writing Center Advisory Board. Prior to JMU, Dr. Malburne-Wade served as Assistant Professor of English and the Founder/Director of the Office of Fellowships and Awards at High Point University in North Carolina. Her own research interests center on 20th-century American literature and drama. She holds a BA in English and French (Wellesley College), an MA in English (Georgetown University) and a PhD in 20th-Century American Literature and Critical Race Studies (UNC-Chapel Hill). 

Jared Diener

Jared Diener, M.St.

Assistant Director, Fellowships and Awards

Jared Diener joined the Office of Fellowships and Awards in March 2022. He previously served for nine years as Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives in the Honors College, where he directed the competitive Hillcrest Scholars program, among many other responsibilities. Before coming to JMU, he was Program Coordinator in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a master's degree in Modern History (University of Oxford) and a BA in History (The University of Texas at Austin). Mr. Diener is also Director of the Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Andrews programs at JMU. He loves travel, interesting books, good music, and Arsenal Football Club.

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