Welcome to the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships

The Office of Fellowships serves all students and alumni of GVSU, including all majors or areas of study. Many awards we support specifically target underrepresented students in higher education. We welcome alumni and work frequently with alumni applicants. Many awards seek applicants who have significant gap experiences in leadership and service between commencement and advanced study or other form of fellowship experience. 

‘Fellowships’ is shorthand for opportunities that include selective internships in DC and elsewhere, summer institutes in the United Kingdom, research experiences in Germany, international volunteer service, funding for graduate study at Oxford, Cambridge, or other universities in the UK, as well as in Ireland, Australia, Scandinavia, in STEM programs and State Department pathways programs in the U.S., and more.

Our office is here to:

  • Work with qualified students to identify awards best suited to their goals
  • Help students develop an action plan for long-term goals (encouraging them to participate in study abroad, pursue second language acquisition, engage in sustained, effective volunteer service, take on leadership roles, engage in undergraduate scholarship, and more)
  • Help students navigate the application process in order to produce the most competitive proposals possible
  • Provide intensive advising and feedback on drafts of application essays


STEM Undergraduate Opportunities Information Session

October 28, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Curious about opportunities for summer internships in STEM fields? Seeking information about prestigious, competitive fellowships for undergraduate STEM majors that help to defray the cost of undergraduate...

Making Meaning: Preparing to Write a Personal Statement

October 29, 2021 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Planning to apply for graduate or professional study? Preparing for a Fulbright or Peace Corps application? Join me for a mini-seminar on "Making Meaning: Mindfulness and Telling the/a Story of...

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Information Session

November 3, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you committed to public service and to leadership in your chosen field? Are you a first-year or sophomore student already planning toward graduate school and a life in the public arena? Join me...

US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute Information Session

November 4, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Interested in summer study in the United Kingdom with a fully-funded Fulbright award? Join me to learn more about the US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute program. These summer programs provide the opportunity...

Peace Corps Information Session

November 9, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Interested in international service? Curious about the Peace Corps? Eager to learn more about the application process? Join this Information Session to hear from and ask questions of our Peace Corps...

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Upcoming Deadlines

PD Soros Fellowship for New Americans Deadline

October 28, 2021 All Day

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education...

American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant Deadline

November 1, 2021 All Day

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study, or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian countries for 1-3 months. Grants...

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)

November 1, 2021 All Day

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young...

Payne International Development Fellowship (USAID) Deadline

November 1, 2021 All Day

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency...

Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowships

November 1, 2021 All Day

The PPIA Fellowship Program is designed to prepare college juniors or rising seniors from diverse backgrounds for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and groom them for professional...

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