|Basics of Eligibility
Eligibility standards vary from one program to the next, but some of the most basic requirements include:
Preparing Yourself to be Competitive
- High cumulative GPA. Some programs require an extremely high GPA, while others are less GPA-driven and look more at additional qualifications.
- United States citizenship, unless otherwise noted. Most programs require at least permanent-resident status.
- Sustained community involvement, volunteer work, and/or leadership in extracurricular activities.
- Extracurricular experiences such as independent research or internships.
- Demonstrated enthusiasm for learning, for discovery, and for achievement.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
- Strong scores on whatever standardized tests might be required for the programs to which you are applying.
- Endorsement by university committee (may be required, depending on the fellowship).