What are fellowships?

Fellowships are competitive awards that provide financial support for purposeful activities such as graduate study, study abroad, activism and public service work, language acquisition, internships, self-designed projects, teaching English abroad, and so much more. 

Note: With very few exceptions, these awards do not pay for regular tuition and fees at JMU.

Who are fellowships for?

It is a common misconception that fellowships are for somebody else. The reality is this: fellowships offer diverse, far-reaching opportunities. Students of all backgrounds, majors, and interests are welcomed and encouraged to contact us. While some awards may look for high GPAs or particular experiences, many do not. It is always worth a conversation with us to learn what your options may be.

Why should I apply?

Because you will learn a lot about yourself! When you apply for a fellowship, you think deeply about your motivations and interests, learn how to articulate your strengths and goals, develop the art of persuasion, and become a stronger writer and presenter. Regardless of the outcome of any award, you take those skills with you.

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Fall 2022 Office Hours

Meet with a fellowships adviser. Drop in only; no reservations. Open to all students. 

  • Tu 1-3pm: Center for Multicultural Student Services
  • Tu 3-5pm: Honors College
  • We 12:30-2:30pm: Carrier Library
  • We 3-5pm: Rose Library



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