What are Competitive Fellowships, Scholarships, and Internships?

These comprise a package of resources (frequently financial, but may also include a particular position in a laboratory or at a company) awarded to an applicant to research, study, or work during a designated period of time.  They might be funded by a government, a not-for-profit foundation, or a large corporation.  They involve a competitive application and selection process, frequently at the national or international level, usually including the submission of a personal statement and other essays.

What is the difference between a fellowship, a scholarship, and an internship?

  • fellowships are usually associated with financial assistance to support research projects (often at the graduate level);
  • scholarships are usually associated with financial assistance to pursue studies in general;
  • internships are usually associated with paid or unpaid hands-on experience in a company.

The application process for these is generally similar.

Why should I apply for a fellowship, scholarship, or internship?

Applying to a competitive fellowship, scholarship or internship can:

  • enable you to reflect meaningfully on how your previous experiences connect to beliefs, identity, relationships, and future plans;
  • build a sense of authorship, self-direction, and focus in your academic career;
  • improve your communication skills;
  • provide you with an experience that you would not be able to have otherwise;
  • distinguish your academic career at John Carroll.