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Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships

There are dozens of external scholarships and fellowships available to Colorado College students and graduates. Learn about them here! The most competitive opportunities require thoughtful planning over several months, so the sooner you learn about them, the more likely you are to develop a competitive application.

Opportunities Abound

To help direct you to the best options, we have organized the opportunities based on when you are eligible to apply; these include opportunities for first-years and sophomores and opportunities for juniors, seniors, and recent alumni. Keep in mind: Some opportunities remain available for several years after graduation. 

Resources Available to You

Fellowships Coordinator – There are dozens of opportunities listed here, and several more that are not yet on our site.  Talk with Roy Jo Sartin, the Fellowships Coordinator, about your interests, and she can help direct you to the opportunities that are a good fit for you.

Fellowships Advisors - Each external fellowship listed on our site has a faculty or staff advisor here at CC who can answer questions for you.  Some fellowships require institutional nomination by the advisor.  Talk with the advisor early and often for help during your application process.

Essay Writing – All fellowship applications require essays.  Make an appointment with Roy Jo Sartin or one of the other consultants in the Writing Center for help in strategizing, writing, and revising these key components of your applications.  

Interview Preparation – Many of the most competitive opportunities require an interview.  Talk with Laura Snyder in the Career Center to set up a mock interview and prepare for the real thing. The Career Center’s “Interviewing Skills” page also has great tips!

Components of an Application

While the selection criteria and application guidelines vary for each of the opportunities, most applications include the following three key components:

  • Essays (such as research proposals and personal essays)
  • Letters of recommendation (from faculty members, supervisors, mentors and others)
  • Personal interviews (some on campus, some in Colorado and elsewhere)

Important tip: Before investing many hours in developing an application for a particular opportunity, read the application guidelines – everything from eligibility information to formatting instructions – word for word.  A small detail could have a significant impact on how you approach your application – and in some cases, whether you even choose to apply.

Broader Benefits

Fellowship applications reflect hours of thought, planning, and conversations; some result in funding, some do not. But regardless of whether you are ultimately successful in your application, you will find this process fulfilling in unexpected ways.  Past applicants note that they made valuable contacts with faculty, as well as professionals across the globe; improved their writing and interviewing skills; and benefited  substantially from the opportunity to articulate their values, accomplishments and life goals.  If you allow yourself the time to engage meaningfully in this process, you will emerge much stronger for it.