Becoming a Fellow

Who are the Fellows?

Fellows are current undergraduate and graduate students who have distinguished themselves through their academic and extracurricular achievements and are interested in pursuing careers in public service. Fellows come from a wide range of academic majors and are nominated by their respective colleges and universities. Typically, Fellowships take place during a student's final year as an undergraduate; however, advanced underclassmen and graduate students are also welcome in the program.

How do I become a Fellow?

If you are interested in becoming a Fellow, please contact your office of scholarships and fellowships to find out if your school currently nominates students for the Presidential Fellowship Program. While the participating universities may vary in a given year, please see the "Fellows' Schools" section for more information on the colleges and universities represented by our most recent class of Fellows. The Center does not determine the guidelines and deadlines for nominations, rather participating universities create these policies. Accordingly, information concerning the nomination process is available through the participating universities. Unfortunately, the Center is only accepting nominations from participating universities at this time and will not able to accept at-large applications for the Presidential Fellows Program.

If you are a representative of a college or university and would like your school to be able to nominate students to the program, please contact Jeff Shaffer, Program Director, at 202-872-9800 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .