Apply for a graduate fellowship

Ready to get started? Learn how you can apply for one of ISI’s prestigious graduate fellowships.

Receive up to $15,000 in funding and join a community of more than five hundred alumni now teaching in higher education.

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How to Apply

The 2019 application process is closed. Check back later for details about the application process for the 2020–21 academic year.

Currently we require applicants to submit hard copies of their application materials via mail. Send hard copies of the required materials to:

Attn: Jeffrey Nelson
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
3901 Centerville Road
Wilmington, DE 19807-1938

Here’s what you need to submit to apply for an ISI graduate fellowship:

  • An original, 1,250- to 2,500-word essay responding to the following question: “What is the relationship between liberal education and a free society?”
  • One-page CV or résumé of prior education, awards, fellowships, and internships
  • A five- to ten-page personal, philosophical, and professional autobiography
  • A five- to ten-page academic writing sample
  • At least two academic letters of recommendation (may be sent separately from application materials)
  • Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if award is granted, official transcripts must be provided by the issuing institution or the applicant) (may be sent separately from application materials)
  • Brief responses to each of the following:
    • Why you have chosen teaching as a profession
    • Why you desire a fellowship
    • How you learned of the ISI graduate-fellowship program
    • Signed declaration of intent to teach

Personal philosophical statement and academic writing samples must be 12-point standard font, double sided, and double spaced. Please make sure your contact info is prominent and that your name is included on all documents.

We will announce the 2019–20 ISI Graduate Fellows in April 2019. Applicants will be notified by email.

MORE INFORMATION

Questions? For more information on the graduate fellowships, please email awards@isi.org