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.

The application deadline for 2021–22 fellowships is February 26, 2021.


Application deadline for 2021–22 graduate fellowships: February 26, 2021

Teaching a classTo apply, please save your application materials as PDFs and attach all documents in a single email to Your name must be on ALL documents you send.

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

  • A recent, high-resolution photo
  • 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). Letters of recommendation may be mailed or emailed.
  • 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
    • A signed declaration of intent to teach, written in your own words

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

Owing to delays with the Postal Service, we strongly recommend applying by email this year. But if you prefer to send hard copies of your application materials, mail them to:

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

We will announce the 2021–22 ISI graduate fellows in in the spring. Applicants will be notified by email.

More Information

Questions? For more information on the graduate fellowships, see our frequently asked questions or email