Fellows Programs FAQ


When are fellows applications open?

Most fellows applications open in December and close in mid-February for admission to the program for the next academic year, starting that fall semester. This is the only time of year we accept students into fellows. Some programs may re-open later in the spring/summer for transfer student applicants based on program space availability. However, acceptance would be on a provisional basis pending admittance to Smith.

I am interested in more than one fellows program. To how many may I apply?

You may apply to as many fellows programs as you want (applications for each program are evaluated separately and have no bearing on one another), but you may only accept your admission to one program per year unless there is space available in another program and you are given special permission to do both (Business Honors, Accounting Teaching Scholars, and QUEST do not count toward this limit).

How many fellows programs may I do in one year?

You may participate in up to two fellows programs in one year if space is available in your second choice program. (Business Honors, Accounting Teaching Scholars, and QUEST do not count toward this limit). 

I want to study abroad. How would this affect my participation in my fellows program?

Combining a fellows program with global experience is possible — but may require careful planning and a clear understanding of course requirements and program responsibilities. While spending a semester abroad may not be acceptable for some programs, short term study abroad courses during winter, spring or summer breaks are always encouraged. See individual program websites for more details.

If I am in the process of applying to the Smith School, may I apply for fellows at the same time?

You may apply to the fellows programs before you are admitted to Smith, but your admission to fellows would be contingent upon your admission to the Smith School at College Park. Due to scheduling/major restrictions, we are typically unable to offer fellows admissions to Smith students at Shady Grove. Individual exceptions must be approved.

What should I include in my cover letter for fellows, and should I follow the standard cover letter format?

You should follow the standard cover letter format (address it to the faculty champion of the program to which you are applying). Introduce yourself and explain what interests you about this fellows program as well as how you see it meeting your academic and career goals. What can you contribute to the program?

I need a resume to apply to fellows; however, I am only a freshman, and I don’t have much on my resume yet. What should I include on my resume?

If you haven’t yet had working experience, you are welcome to list your activities, volunteer and other work in high school, and extra-curricular and other programs you are involved in at Maryland, so the selection committee can see the range of your interests and accomplishments. You should get in the habit of updating your professional resume. It should be a constant work in progress. 

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