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

Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade, Director

Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade works with undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni from all majors who are applying for a variety of external (non-JMU) scholarships, fellowships and awards, including the Fulbright US Student Grant, Gilman Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship, and many (about 90!) more. She helps applicants identify relevant awards and then guides them through the application process, from essay writing and revision to interview skills. 

In addition to her student recruitment and mentorship, Meredith teaches in the Honors College, co-chairs the JMU Fulbright Advisory Committee (focused on JMU's Fulbright involvement for both students and faculty), chairs multiple fellowship committees, frequently serves as an external reader for several fellowships (including Gilman, CLS, and Boren), and is happy to serve on the University Writing Center Advisory Board. Meredith's work at JMU builds on her previous experience as an English professor and fellowships advisor at several institutions; most recently, she served as an 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 are varied but center on 20th-century American literature and drama. Meredith 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, Assistant Director

Jared Diener joined the Office of Fellowships and Awards in March 2022. He provides assistance in recruiting and mentoring students to apply for national fellowships and directs technical and logistical operations for the office. Prior to joining OFA, Mr. Diener served for nine years as Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives in the Honors College at JMU, where he directed the competitive Hillcrest Scholars program, among many other responsibilities. Before coming to JMU, he was Program Coordinator for five years in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, his alma mater. He holds a master's degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford and a bachelor's degree in History, with minors in German and French, from UT-Austin.

Mr. Diener is also Director of the Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Andrews programs at JMU and enjoys sending highly-motivated students to study at these prestigious universities. He loves travel, interesting books, good music, and Arsenal Football Club.

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