5-Step Guide: How to Apply for Fellowships

GVSU students and alumni have secured over $6,000,000 in (inter)nationally competitive award competitions, supporting a wide range of enriching experiences, including study abroad, graduate study, research, language study, teaching, service learning, internship, community and service opportunities. 

The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships serves ALL students and alumni of GVSU, including all majors or areas of study. Many awards that we support specifically target underrepresented students in higher education.

Students and alumni considering applying to nationally and internationally competitive awards should first explore opportunities by using our website, searching fellowships databases, or otherwise exploring competitive awards of interest to them. We are happy to support applicants throughout this process. 

Note: Students interested in GV internal and other local awards will be referred to other GVSU offices for assistance as these awards are outside our wheelhouse.

5-Step Guide: How to Apply for Fellowships

1.  Explore Opportunities

Use the headings on this site to browse opportunities.·

  • Make sure you are eligible
  • Understand your timeline (ex. is there a GV internal deadline)
  • Identify reasons why you would be a good candidate


2.  Meet with an Advisor

First Step & Drop-in Advising

  • Padnos International Center
  • 130 Lake Ontario Hall
  • Wednesdays 4:00–7:00 p.m.
  • Only when Fall/Winter classes are in session
  • Email fellowships@gvsu.edu for more options


3. Email Drafts

Follow our instructions for emailing drafts.

  • No appointment necessary
  • We return drafts via email in the order in which they are received
  • Confused about feedback on drafts? 
  • Schedule an appointment


4. Submit before Deadline


  • It is each applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is submitted before deadlines.
  • There are NO exceptions for late competitive award applications.


5. Follow Up


  • Email fellowships@gvsu.edu for help submitting semi-finalist materials or for assistance in formally accepting an award.


To:        fellowships@gvsu.edu

From:   yourstudentemail@mail.gvsu.edu

Subject:      (Full Name) – (Award) – (Award Deadline)

Example:    John Smith – Gilman Scholarship – Deadline 3/5/19



  • Must be a Microsoft Word document (do not send PDFs, Google Docs, or other)
  • Must have all drafts included in one document (do not send multiple attachments)
  • Must include the essay prompts above each corresponding draft response



  • Must include an appropriate message



Hello Office of Fellowships,

Attached are my essays for the Gilman Scholarship.

I have questions about…. I’m looking for assistance with…. I have made revisions on…

Thank you,

John Smith