Fellowship for Freshmen and Sophomores: Additional Information

I am delighted that so many first and second year students have attended recent information sessions on the J. K. Watson Fellowship, which provides three paid Summer internships and cultural and professional development activities throughout the years of the fellowship.  If you were unable to attend one of the sessions, please visit the fellowship’s website and contact me as soon as possible to discuss your plans.  Our campus deadline is January 26th, so here are some important next steps:

  • Contact potential recommenders as soon as possible since faculty members will probably not be available to talk with you about writing a letter over Winter Break.
  • Make an appointment with me so that we can talk about your application and the essays.

I look forward to working with many of you on this wonderful opportunity.


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Summer Internships for Freshmen and Sophomores


FREE HOUR (12:15 – 1:30)




How would you like to work for a summer… at the U.N? On Wall Street? At a Fortune 500 company? At a New York publishing house?


Come to the above information session to learn more about the Jeannette K. Watson Summer Fellows Program.


Fellows have the opportunity to take paid, ten-week internships for three consecutive summers in the areas of nonprofit, government service, and private enterprise. Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 for the first summer and $6,000 each for the second and third summers.


To be eligible:

  • You must be a second- semester freshman or a sophomore, as of the start of the spring 2015 semester
  • You must demonstrate competence in college level work
  • You cannot be more than 25 years old on March 1, 2015
  • You must be an American citizen or “green card” holder.  You may not be on an international student visa
  • Be available for three consecutive summers
  • Be available for mandatory Saturday workshops


For more information, contact Dr. Moira Egan at 718- 997- 2863, or moira.egan@qc.cuny.edu.

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Information Session: What Can I Do This Summer?

Are you exploring career opportunities? Are you looking for a short-term study abroad experience? Are you interested in making connections that could help you achieve your academic and professional goals?

Come explore these questions further at an upcoming information session sponsored by the Office of Honors and Scholarships.

Date: December 3rd

Time: Free Hour, from 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 17

We will discuss Summer opportunities, including public policy work, study and research abroad, and career-building paid internships. Students at all stages of their academic careers are welcome to attend.

Please contact me with any questions, and I look forward to meeting many of you on December 3rd!

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Information Session: What Can I Do After Graduation

Are you exploring career opportunities? Are you unsure about Graduate School or do you want to go to graduate school later? Are you passionate about a social or political issue and looking for a way to devote your full time to it?

Come explore these questions further at an upcoming information session sponsored by the Office of Honors and Scholarships.

Date: November 19th

Time: Free Hour, from 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 12

We will discuss one-year opportunities including public policy work, teaching, non-profit and community service. This session will be particularly useful for seniors, but all are welcome.

Please feel free to  contact me with any questions, and I look forward to meeting many of you on November 19th.

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Fellowship For Seniors Interested in Foreign Service Careers

Want to make a difference in the world?  Promote U.S. and global interests?  Consider the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program.  The Program seeks outstanding young people interested in careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, ar­ranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional develop­ment support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master’s programs in U.S. institutions to study any area relevant to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Depart­ment of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2015, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encour­ages applications from members of minority groups his­torically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Infor­mation and application materials can be found at www.rangelprogram.org. The applica­tion deadline is January 14, 2015.


Don’t be caught off guard by the January 14th deadline!  The application requires two statements from you, two letters of recommendation, a copy of your GRE scores and other supporting documents. You’ll want to start early to be sure you have enough time to gather your materials, write and revise your statements and submit everything by the deadline.  Please feel free to contact me to discuss your application and to go over your essays.


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Essay Prize for Juniors and Seniors

Are you passionate about a political issue or social cause?  Has a volunteer opportunity or recent travel made you think about the broader world and your position in it?  Are your future plans motivated by your ethical concerns?  If these questions spark your interest and you are a junior or senior, please strongly consider entering the 2015 Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, sponsored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.  The foundation offers generous prizes for winning essays and the deadline is December 8, 2014.

2015 Essay Topic: Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

Your essay must be your own original work, and must be submitted through an online application.  You will need to provide proof of enrollment and contact information for a faculty sponsor.  For further information and to begin your application, please visit https://center.uoregon.edu/EWF/FORMS/CFP/cfp_ login.php?formid=2538564 and feel free to contact me to discuss this wonderful opportunity further.

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Information Session on Fellowship for New Americans

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans recognizes the contributions of immigrants or children of immigrants by awarding college seniors or students who are at the beginning of their graduate studies up to $90,000 to pursue an advanced degree at a U.S. institution.  Not only does this fellowship provide generous funding, but it also is not restricted to particular degrees, fields or institutions.  Don’t miss your chance to explore this amazing opportunity!

The 2015 competition is now open, with the application due November 1st.  Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality and initiative, but financial need is not a factor.  You can read the full eligibility requirements and access the application, instructions and other very useful resources here.  If you are thinking about applying, please come to an information session on the Soros fellowship sponsored by the Office of Honors and Scholarships.

Date: Wednesday, September 17th

Time: Free Hour: 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 12

please also feel free to contact me to talk about your plans and the application essays.

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Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for students with financial need to study or intern abroad, and the online application for spring 2015 is now open.

Student application deadline: October 7, 2014 by 11:59pm (central)  Your application must be certified by Study Abroad and Financial Aid by October 14thAll applicants will be notified of their status in December. 
For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources please visit the Gilman Scholarship website


The following are a few of the student webinars you may be interested in attending.
Gilman International Scholarship Program Overview
Wednesday, September 10, 11:00-12:00pm
How to Apply-Walk-Through of the Gilman Application
Wednesday, August 27, 2:00-3:00pm

Monday, September 15, 11:00am-12:00pm


Composing Competitive Gilman Scholarship Application Essays
Friday, September 5, 11:00-12:00pm

Wednesday, September 24, 2:00-3:00pm


Meet Gilman Alumni
Monday, September 8, 11:00-12:00pm


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Generous Funding for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics Graduate School

Are you planning to go to graduate school in one of the hard or social sciences in 2015?  Are you concerned about how you’ll pay for it?  The following fellowship might be for you!

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) provides very generous funding for research-based masters and doctoral programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.  Fields in the social sciences, such as psychology, are also included.  The program supports outstanding students early in their careers and encourages members of under-represented groups to apply.  Application deadlines vary from October 29, 2014 to November 4th, 2014 (depending on your field).  You don’t need to have a graduate school acceptance letter by the time you submit the fellowship application, but the award is contingent on graduate school admission.  The fellowship’s website (linked above) provides detailed information on the program requirements, application process and selection criteria.  As you know, the beginning of the new semester will be a busy time, and you’ll want to give your graduate school and fellowship applications your best effort, so why not spend some time now investigating this incredible opportunity?  As with other fellowships, please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

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Scholarship for Asian Students—Additional Information

I am delighted that so many of you are interested in the APIASF scholarship which Queens College students can now apply for.  I’ve gotten a number of questions from students about how to submit an application.  For information about the scholarship and a link to the online application, please visit http://www.apiasf.org/aanapisi.html.  There you can create an account and begin the online application.  For additional information, including the essay questions, please visit http://www.apiasf.org/pdfs/AANAPISI_Application_Worksheet.pdf.  I am happy to discuss your application with you and to comment on drafts of your essays.  Please remember though that comments posted to this blog are available for anyone to read.  Therefore, if you have questions about your particular situation, it is best to contact me directly.  Good luck, and enjoy the rest of your summer.

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