Fellowships are research oriented opportunities that focus on the development and training of future talent to advance leadership in a professional field.  As such, fellowships are typically sponsored by a professional associations or organizations in a variety of fields including graduate study, research, community development, training and field exploration. Fellowships often include intensive training and project work.  Often fellows are provided with unique experiences not typically available in an entry-level position. Fellowships can be short-term in duration or can extend into multiple year engagements.  These positions often include a stipend, though not comparable to the salary of a full-time position.  Other incentives are often provided, such as healthcare, student loan repayment aid and housing stipends.

Fellowships can include:

  • academic seminars to develop frameworks and apply theory
  • in-depth research and analysis of a particular issue area
  • a broad curriculum of skills development: leadership, community organizing, public speaking, grant writing, media relations

Some examples of popular UVA fellowships include Tom Tom Founders Festival Fellowships that supports an annual Charlottesville tradition and regional event celebrating the arts and innovation.  And, the Piedmont Environmental Counil Fellowship Program for land conservation, urban planning, and agriculture.

Fellowship Opportunities

UVA's Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) and Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Research (USOAR) should be primary to your fellowship search.  The Fulbright and Rhodes scholarship processes are supported by USOAR as well as other highly selective national and international fellowship and research opportunities.

Additional external agencies and professoinal associations can be useful in exploring fellowships and are included as resources below.

How will this help me?

Fellowships are competitive, funded opportunities to extend your research and scholarship interests into a broader context within an academic field.   Fellowships support students in exploring fields in leading research and policy areas.

Will I get paid?

Fellowships can include stipends and other cost of living remuneration, but are typically unpaid.


Check out Funding for scholarship, grant, and awards for ideas related to making a fellowship affordable.

Can I receive Academic Credit?

Possibly. Check out Academic Credit for more information and requirements.