Put Together Your Strongest Application

Ashley posing with Canadian flag

Writing a fellowship application calls for distinctive skills. Producing a compelling personal statement demands self-reflection. “Selling” your work in a project proposal often requires explaining a very specialized kind of research to a general academic audience and making its significance clear (and hopefully exciting, too). With word, page, or character limits, application essays demand that the author make every word count.

You will also need to choose your letters of recommendation carefully. And polish your resume or curriculum vitae. And possibly navigate the demands of a high-stakes interview.

We’re here to help!

We’ve gathered the advice, guidance, and resources for fellowship applicants that we’ve developed over many years on our Fellowship Applicant Resources Canvas course, which Hopkins affiliates can consult at any time. If you would like access, please email us at nfp@jhu.edu to request the self-enrollment link. You’ll find sections on:

  • Timing
  • Application Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resumes/C.V.s
  • Interviewing

…plus an extensive selection of writing resources on key topics like getting started on a personal statement, writing for a non-specialist audience, what “show don’t tell” means, how to achieve clarity and flow, and many others.

You can also reach out to us for individual advising, from initial decisions about what to apply for and who to ask for recommendations, through application advice and draft review, to interview prep. Please see our “Contact Our Office” page for ways to get in touch and book advising appointments.

Mark standing in front of the ocean with waves crashing on rocks.Crafting that one 1000 word essay gave me a mandate to synthesize all the experiences that had shaped my values and commitment to service to-date…
Mark Brennan, Mitchell Scholarship