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Fellowship advising at Washington and Lee University falls under the responsibilities of the Director of Fellowships, Dr. Matthew Loar. He is assisted by the members of the Graduate Fellowships Committee and by designated faculty representatives for some of the major fellowships.

The Director of Fellowships and the faculty representatives work closely with students on all phases of the application process. This includes helping them to evaluate their goals and identify appropriate opportunities. We also assist students through numerous revisions of their personal statements, proofread application materials, provide guidance on choosing people to write letters of recommendation, and answer questions with regards to specific fellowships. Copies of successful applications are available for students to look at when they reach the point in their own application process that it would be useful. In addition, we help students prepare for interviews by setting up mock interviews with Career & Professional Development and with members of the Graduate Fellowships Committee.

In addition to working directly with students, the faculty representatives are also willing to advise faculty on letters of recommendations and to read drafts of letters. For fellowships that require institutional nomination, the faculty representatives prepare the letters of endorsement.

The Director maintains a Sakai site with detailed information on such topics as writing personal statements, writing research proposals, finding project sponsors, and preparing for an interview. Students with access to this site also receive emails about upcoming deadlines, workshops, and events. Please contact Dr. Loar if you wish to be added to this site.

The designated faculty representatives for some of the major fellowships during the 2019-20 academic year are as follows:

Fulbright: Jonathan Eastwood (Sociology & Anthropology)
DAAD: Paul Youngman (German)
NCAA: Matt Tuchler (Chemistry)
Udall: Joseph Guse (Economics)
Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell: Holly Pickett (English)
All others: Matthew Loar

The appropriate contact for a given opportunity is listed on its entry in the Student Opportunities website. The Director of Fellowships serves as contact for all opportunities without a designated contact.

The 2019-20 Graduate Fellowships Committee is as follows:

Ex Officio Members:
• Sidney Evans, VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
• Elizabeth Oliver, Associate Dean of the Williams School
• Fred LaRiviere, Associate Dean of the College
• Matthew Loar, Director of Fellowships

Ten Appointed Faculty Members
• Richard Bidlack (History)
• Elliott King (Art History)
• Jeffrey Rahl (Geology)
• Jonathan Eastwood (Sociology & Anthropology)
• Antoine Edwards (Arabic)
• Dan Mazilu (Physics)
• Brian Alexander (Politics)
• Mónica Botta (Spanish)
• Mackenzie Brooks (Libraries)
• Carl Kaiser (Politics)

Students applying for fellowships that require institutional nomination are required to submit a Fellowship Applicant Form.

The listings on this site are provided for information only.  Washington and Lee University has not vetted every listing and does not necessarily endorse any of the opportunities listed here.

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