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Preparing for Award Competitions

Preparing for Award Competitions
Basics of Eligibility

Eligibility standards vary from one program to the next, but some of the most basic requirements include:

  • 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).
Preparing Yourself to be Competitive


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