Imagine the Possibilities & Win Prestigious Awards

Okay, I think I want to apply for a prestigious fellowship or scholarship. How do I get started?

Imagine the possibilities and WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

First, think about the kind of activity you, the student, want to fund. Consider your opportunities while you consider your future career in a chosen profession or even approaching a professional degree program planning for future in academia.

The types of fellowships, scholarships and grants students apply for are important. Ideally, the student will consider the future goals as they craft a clearly articulated proposal. Spending some time with a faculty member or member of the CEO team or with a long-standing employer in a profession of interest who works in the surrounding Sarasota, St. Petersburg, or Tampa communities, will help clarify the direction for the application. Many of the awards and award opportunities listed on this website are determined by the activity itself, where it will take place, and when the opportunity will occur. When the student has a clear idea about this future endeavor, consult the list of fellowships administered in part through the Center of Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) as noted on this website.

For research or to engage in a creative project (especially if while the student is a junior already working toward the thesis), review the full list of Fellowships for Research/Artistic Projects. Students interested in experiential learning that may not be connected with research or the thesis project, review fellowships listed as Fellowships for Experiential Learning on the pages of this website.

Students will see some available fellowships offer a global experience and used within specific parameters, other fellowships must be used in certain locations and/or within specific time parameters.

Fellowships and research and travel grant application deadlines occur in both the fall and spring semesters. Students must begin thinking about the type of experience that will work best for them and prepare application materials accordingly and EARLY. Remember: It takes time to build a strong proposal, write an appropriate budget, talk to potential recommenders, and make sure everything is in order and accurate before the deadline. Materials submitted after the deadline can not be accepted.

At New College, you can imagine the possibilities. We have a stellar track record when it comes to students receiving highly competitive national fellowships, either during the course of their study or upon graduation. When you complete your experience you are ready to continue preparing for your career in the world of work beyond college.

Some donor funds offer financial support to students pursuing independent research activities or creative projects.  Generally speaking, only projects that are really independent receive funding, but there are some exceptions (in particular, we recognize that it is difficult for students in some AOCs to pursue research independently because access to sites or research material are tightly controlled). If you are applying for research support, be sure to explain to the best of your ability how your work qualifies as ‘independent’ research.

Does your planned research activity include travel?

Some of these fellowships may be used to support travel and some awards must be so used:

  • to support research abroad by students with demonstrated financial need.
  • for research or experiences abroad in a specific country.

Some Fellowships use a common application form and require recommendations.

As part of the application, you will enter the names of your recommenders; please be sure they have agreed to provide a recommendation. Following the due date, we will send a copy of your finalized application for their review and direct them to the form to complete a recommendation form for you.

We have resources available in the CEO such as general guidelines for writing a successful proposal. We also have personnel available to help you create a budget for the fellowships and provide helpful tips on budget preparation.

Planning on doing research outside of the US?  Consult the Jane Bancroft Cook library’s information desk for doing research abroad. The Writing Center can also be a useful resource!

All fellowships require a “Bring-Back” in order to share experiences and cultivate interest in New College of Florida fellowships. You must describe your planned bring-back as part of your application; get some ideas in the CEO for After Your Fellowship.

All fellowship applicants must be in good academic standing. In addition, fellowships may not be awarded to students who are on probation or suspension for conduct violations.

Does your planned research activity include travel?  

There are opportunities listed below and on the pages of this website to explore! Return to this website often!

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS: While you are at New College, there are many fellowships available to help lessen the financial burden of researching, studying abroad, learning new languages, and buying supplies for an ISP, tutorial or class. These scholarships are highly competitive, make an appointment with the Assistant Director for Networks in the CEO at to receive assistance with application materials.

POST-NEW COLLEGE FELLOWSHIPS: There are still so many exciting adventures awaiting you after you leave New College – and we’re here to help you find them! These scholarships are highly competitive, make an appointment with the Assistant Director for Networks in the CEO at to receive assistance with application materials..

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS: New College has a record number of post-graduate Fulbright Scholars for an institution of our size – more per capita than the Ivy League – who go on to study in a foreign country. Three students received Fulbrights in 2016 to Mexico and Germany. If you’re interested in joining these distinguished ranks, make an appointment with Courtney Hughes at The Fulbright Scholars are coordinated in the Student Success Programs Office.

STUDENT RESEARCH AND TRAVEL GRANT (SRTG): An internally funded grant, the SRTG is awarded twice a year to qualified students seeking financial assistance for research, coursework, or studying abroad.

Here are some other examples of prestigious national awards our students have previuosly won. For even more opportunities, scroll through this website, glean ideas and prepare to apply!

  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service and leadership
  • Benjamin A. Gilman state department scholarships for study abroad
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships for undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering
  • Critical Language Scholarships from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Ernest F. Hollings Scholarships from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Morris K. Udall Scholarships for students committed to careers in the environment, health care or tribal policy
  • Gates-Cambridge and British Marshall scholarships

Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity Team

For information on the National Student Exchange program and study abroad, please contact Florence Zamsky in the Academic Resource Center at 941-487-4318 or