Fellowships Preliminary Questionnaire (FPQ)
IMPORTANT: READ ME FIRST!!!

CONGRATULATIONS on making the decision to launch your quest in earnest for one or more nationally competitive fellowships! We hope you will use this questionnaire as an exercise in honest self-reflection on your pursuits and achievements inside and outside the classroom, on campus and off; your educational, professional, and life goals; your values; and the motivations behind your aspirations.

THIS PROCESS includes making decisions about essay topics, choosing recommenders, writing drafts of responses for specific applications and obtaining critical feedback from a variety of helpful resources (e.g. the Fellowships Office, faculty mentors, writing counselors, career and graduate school advisors, etc.). Sometimes a formal campus committee is required to review applications and interview candidates seeking nomination for particular fellowships, or some other form of endorsement or assessment by the University may be required. Where relevant, a review committee would also provide feedback to the candidates chosen as nominees, and these nominees would then complete a final revision of the application before it is presented to the national fellowship sponsor or selection committee.

Awards that require some form of internal review or endorsement include: Beinecke, Chinese Government Scholarship, Churchill, Davis Projects for Peace, Fulbright, Gaither Junior, Goldwater, Knight-Hennessy, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Schwarzman, St. Andrew’s, Truman, Udall, and Yenching. However, completing the FPQ would also be beneficial to candidates seeking other highly selective fellowships that do not require formal University nomination or endorsement, such as CLS, Gates Cambridge, Ford, Hertz, NIH, NSF, Pickering, PPIA, and Soros.

- Signing into your UR/Gmail account when preparing this document will allow you to save and return to it later.

- We ask those aspiring to compete for selective national fellowships to complete the FPQ well in advance of national deadlines, according to the following schedule. For fellowships with a national deadline or campus nomination deadline (whichever comes first):

• through October 31, 2018, please complete and submit your FPQ by April 3, 2018.
• from November 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019, complete and submit your FPQ by August 14, 2018.
• from March 1 through May 31, 2019, complete and submit your FPQ by November 27, 2018.

- Preparing a high-­quality final application takes time, particularly when UR endorsement is required. Proper planning is key to managing the fellowship application process. You will need to allocate adequate time in your schedule for this undertaking.

- Bear in mind that the nomination process usually begins in the semester preceding the national deadline for an award, or 2-­5 months in advance. Plan to begin your application preparation a semester ahead of the official application due date, which means working over the summer on applications with fall deadlines.

- After submitting the FPQ, call the Fellowships Office (585-276-­5869) or stop by Dewey 4-­209B to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your profile, potential, competitiveness, and application strategy for specific fellowships.

- Allow at least three business days between the submission of your FPQ and your appointment date so that your questionnaire can be reviewed before the meeting.

Fellowships Office Contact Information:

Director of Fellowships: Belinda Redden
Fellowships Advisor: Juliet Sullivan

Walk-in Hours:
Monday 1-3pm
Thursday 10am-12pm

Appointments:
Call 585-276-5869 or stop by Dewey 4-209B; we do not schedule appointments via email.

Location:
4-209B Dewey Hall
Phone: 585-276-5869
Email: fellowships@rochester.edu
Facebook and Twitter: URFellowships

First Name *
as on passport or driver's license
Middle Initial
as on passport or driver's license
Last Name *
as on passport or driver's license
Nickname
if applicable
Graduation Year *
Graduate students ONLY: please indicate degree, program, and title of dissertation as applicable.
UR Student ID *
Local Phone Number *
Major(s) *
Minor(s)
Cumulative GPA *
as of last completed semester
Take Five/e5 Program Topic
if applicable
Certificate(s)
if applicable
Permanent Address *
as on file with the UR
City *
State of Legal Residency *
if applicable
Zip
Include country & country code if applicable
Country of Citizenship *
If you are a permanent resident, are you currently seeking U.S. citizenship?
If yes, when do you expect to receive your U.S. citizenship?
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Indicate FOUR persons whom you would ask to write letters of recommendation in support of your fellowship application(s). FIRST RECOMMENDER: *
FIRST RECOMMENDER: Full Name, Title or Position (e.g. Professor), Dept./Professional Affiliation, Phone, E-­‐mail
SECOND RECOMMENDER: *
SECOND RECOMMENDER: Full Name, Title or Position (e.g. Professor), Dept./Professional Affiliation, Phone, E-­‐mail
THIRD RECOMMENDER: *
THIRD RECOMMENDER: Full Name, Title or Position (e.g. Professor), Dept./Professional Affiliation, Phone, E-­‐mail
FOURTH RECOMMENDER: *
FOURTH RECOMMENDER: Full Name, Title or Position (e.g. Professor), Dept./Professional Affiliation, Phone, E-­‐mail
Select up to FOUR awards of interest.
Click the circle to indicate which fellowship(s) you wish to apply for. Scroll right to access full list. For "OTHER" please specify in the appropriate text box, below.
Beinecke Scholarship
Chinese Government Scholarship
Churchill Scholarship
Critical Language Scholarship
Fulbright Grant: English Teaching Assistantship
Fulbright: Study/Research
Fulbright: Creative/Performing Arts
Fulbright: National Geographic Digital Storytelling
Gaither Junior Fellowship
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Goldwater Scholarship
Marshall Scholarship
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship (NIH)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF)
Public Policy & International Affairs Scholarship (PPIA)
Rhodes Scholarship
Schwarzman Scholarship
Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Truman Scholarship
Udall Scholarship: Environmental
Udall Scholarship: Native American/Tribal Policy
Yenching Scholarship
OTHER (describe below)
AWARD 1
AWARD 2
AWARD 3
AWARD 4
For your FIRST award of interest, indicate WHY you are a GOOD FIT for this award. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Include intended institution, degree, field of interest and/or program of study as applicable.
For your SECOND award of interest, indicate WHY you are a GOOD FIT for this award.
Limit: 5000 characters. Include intended institution, degree, field of interest and/or program of study as applicable.
For your THIRD award of interest, indicate WHY you are a GOOD FIT for this award.
Limit: 5000 characters. Include intended institution, degree, field of interest and/or program of study as applicable.
For your FOURTH award of interest, indicate WHY you are a GOOD FIT for this award.
Limit: 5000 characters. Include intended institution, degree, field of interest and/or program of study as applicable.
ACADEMIC INFORMATION
What is at the heart of your academic interests and what has contributed to your choice of this/these area(s) of focus? Discuss your choice of major(s) and minor(s). Include some reflection on the role of particular courses, projects, readings, professors, as well as non-­academic experiences, in your decision to pursue your chosen field(s) of study. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
What are your principal academic/creative interests beyond your major(s)/minor(s)? In what way(s) do you pursue these interests? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
If relevant, please describe your Take Five, e5, or other fifth-year program and discuss why you are pursuing it. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
What languages other than English do you know? How would you describe your proficiency level(s)? How did you acquire this knowledge and how do you maintain your proficiency? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Do you have any faculty mentors? If yes, who? How has this relationship helped support your growth and/or prepare you for your future? If no, what have been the obstacles to a mentoring relationship? What is your plan to overcome this obstacle? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Describe any independent study and/or research you have participated in. Indicate a) where the activity occurred; b) date/duration of your participation; c) who supervised you, if relevant; e) your particular role or duties, results obtained, or contributions made, as relevant; f) significance of the experience in your academic and personal development, or what you gained; g) any presentations or publications of your work. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Describe any teaching, tutoring, academic mentoring, or workshop leader experiences you have participated in during your college years. Indicate a) courses and instructors/supervisors where relevant; b) date/duration of your participation; c) significance of the experience in your academic and personal development. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Describe any non-research internships or other career/professional development experiences you have participated in during your college years. Indicate a) where the activity occurred; b) date/duration of your participation; c) basis of selection/how you obtained the position; d) who supervised you; e) your particular role or duties and what you consider your major contribution; f) what you gained from the experience. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
What has been your most meaningful intellectual/creative accomplishment in college thus far and why? If you have not yet had such an experience, what do you hope to accomplish in your studies beyond excellent grades in coursework? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
If you have studied or traveled abroad (including family trips), when and where did you go and why did you choose that destination? How long were you abroad? Discuss the impact of the international experience on your studies, personal growth, world outlook, post-­graduate plans, and career goals. If you will study abroad in the future, indicate when, where, and why. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Please explain the circumstances of any semester in which your academic performance did not reflect your ability. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Please explain if there has been any interruption in your education since high school. When and how long were you away from schooling; what did you do during this time? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
List merit-­based awards, honors, and special recognitions received while in college or for college. First-years and sophomores may include most significant high school honors. Please do not abbreviate award names. Indicate a) award selection criteria or purpose; b) sponsor of award or honor; c) date received and/or duration (e.g., May 2017, Fall 2016, 2017‐18 academic year). *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
What are your post-­baccalaureate plans? For example, if you plan to go to graduate school, indicate what you plan to study and what degree you will seek; also indicate where you’d most like to study, if you know this now. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
What profession/career do you aspire to and what do you wish to accomplish in this realm? If you plan to seek employment rather than pursue graduate education, what kind of work do you hope to do and why is this important to you? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
CO-CURRICULAR AND CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
Campus activities—e.g., student government, residential life, social/cultural clubs and associations, committees, political and advocacy organizations, undergraduate councils, athletics, creative/performing arts. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you. For all activities below, list in reverse chronological order with period and frequency of participation. Also indicate a) any leadership roles; b) the importance of each activity to your personal and intellectual development; c) your most significant accomplishment(s) or contribution(s) for each endeavor; include how you demonstrated initiative or creativity.
Off-­campus activities—e.g., community or volunteer work (specify whether or not work associated with a University group or office), leadership training, civic engagement, etc. In addition to the information requested above, indicate the full name and nature of the group or activity, how you became involved, and your supervisor. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you. For all activities below, list in reverse chronological order with period and frequency of participation. Also indicate a) any leadership roles; b) the importance of each activity to your personal and intellectual development; c) your most significant accomplishment(s) or contribution(s) for each endeavor; include how you demonstrated initiative or creativity.
Reflect further on one recent particularly satisfying public service or volunteer activity in which you participate(d). What motivated your involvement and keeps you involved (if applicable)? Discuss the impact of your participation on yourself and for the intended beneficiaries. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Reflect further on one recent specific experience or activity in which you demonstrated your leadership capacity and made a positive difference on campus or in the wider community. What was the problem or situation; what did you do to bring about change or resolution? What, if any, lasting impact was made? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
Describe any talents, hobbies, or special interests you have that are not mentioned elsewhere. How long have you been engaged in these pursuits and how often do you engage in them now? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
If not indicated elsewhere, please describe your plans for the upcoming summer. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Some fellowships take financial need into consideration; therefore, please indicate how your education is being financed. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you. Indicate merit awards as well as need-based financial aid; specify source (e.g., UR grant, federal loan, etc.) and duration of funding (e.g., one year, one-time, four-year award, etc.). It is not necessary to provide dollar amounts. Please also note if the necessity of working to help pay your educational expenses has influenced your choice of jobs and/or your level of participation in other activities.
PERSONAL SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS
Briefly tell us about your family background. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you. Where did you grow up? Is there an unusual family circumstance that you would like to mention? What is the educational level of your parents and what are their occupations or professions? Are you a first-­‐generation American or first-­‐generation college student? Did your parents immigrate to the U.S.? If so, when and from what country/countries did they come to the U.S.? How do you maintain a relationship with your/your parents’ country of origin?
How do you define your most notable character traits; what has influenced them, e.g., ideas, beliefs, experiences? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Tell us something about you that you think others misunderstand. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
How do you handle adversity? Discuss a recent (within the last 2-3 years) example. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
What makes you outraged or concerned enough to take action? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Describe an encounter with difference or diversity (in the broadest possible sense) that challenged your prior conceptions or introduced you to new perspectives; your response; what changed for you; what remained unchanged as a result of the experience. *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
What compels/inspires you to pursue your chosen educational and career goals; what problems/issues/needs in your field or society do you wish to make a difference in through your work? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
What knowledge, skills, or competencies (e.g., academic, practical, cultural, personal) do you hope to develop further through the fellowship exploration and application process? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
Besides previously stated goals, what you would do, either once or as a lifetime pursuit, if there were no limits or obstacles in your way—and why? *
Limit: 5000 characters. Do not leave blank; please indicate if not applicable to you.
FILE UPLOADS
RÉSUMÉ *
Please attach an up-­to-­date résumé; PDF files only, please.
Required
FELLOWSHIPS WAIVER *
Please sign and upload the waiver as either a .docx, .pdf, or image. The waiver may be found at this link: http://www.rochester.edu/college/studentfellowships/assets/documents/WaiverFellowships.docx
Required
I understand that my next step is to call the Fellowships Office for an appointment: 585-276-5869 *
After submitting the FPQ, call the Fellowships Office (585-276-­5869) or stop by Dewey 4-­209B to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your profile, potential, competitiveness, and application strategy for specific fellowships.
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