Planning for Post-Graduate Success
How to Make the Most
Of Your Senior Year
How Do You End Up Where You Want to
Be at the End of Senior Year?
PLANNING!
Deadlines, Drafts and Delays…
 Many scholarship and program deadlines occur
early in the fall
 You may be able to use the same core essay over
and over with slight changes, but maybe not
 Good essays require 5-20 drafts
 Recommendation writers need you to be
organized
 Summer is a GREAT time to plan ahead
How to Get Organized…in 6 Steps
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Research what you are applying for
Know your deadlines
Know the applications (number of essays,
special items to submit, like portfolios)
Know how many references you need and
what type
Create a spreadsheet, list or other document
to keep yourself on track
Prioritize
Examples of Spreadsheets
Student Thinking of Teaching/Service
Name
Fulbright ETA
Teach for America
Peace Corps
USA Today All-American
Team
Junior Fellows Program Carnegie Endowment
Critical Languages
Scholarships
SAUIC-Riddle, etc.
Jefferson/Bates
MA in Youth Development
Undergrad Res. Symposium
Americorps VISTA
Due Date
Sept. 12/Oct. 20
(08) September 19 (later
dates)
rolling but 9-12 mo. In
advance
November 30, 2009
January 5, 2009
February 15, 2009
February 20, 2009
April 1, 2009
rolling
Program Name
teaching English
3
Location
Korea
Type
scholarship
writing
app/ps/proposal
interviews defer
campus
no
teaching
3?
U.S
teaching
app/res/ltrofintent/essay
ph/regular yes
education/service
1,2,3
abroad
teaching
app/res/motivstmt/ccessay
yes
award
3
US
scholarship
extended res/short essay
no
research Program in DC
summer language study
senior awards
service recognition -need
15-Feb nom
15-Mar masters to develop youth
research presentation
service in education
recs
DC
2
3
2
Korea
UIC
1
3
UIC
UIC
UIC
IL
?
ssp/internship
scholarship
shortps/opinion piece
scholarship
app/short essays
res/essay
recognition
grad school
presentation
service
give info to Beth
app/goalstmt/GRE
application
online application
finalist
no
no
no
no
no
?
??
NA
no
no
NA
NA
??
NA
yes
Pre-Med Student
Name
AMCAS ($160++)
Secondary med. apps. (fees)
Rhodes
Marshall
Fulbright
DAAD
Merage
Soros
NIH
Phi Kappa Phi
Urban Health conference
Undergrad Res. Symposium
General Assembly
Tylenol
Due Date
May:avail, June: submit
Fall-January
UIC 9/11; natl 10/5
UIC 9/11; natl 10/5
UIC 9/11; natl 10/20
November 15, 2009
UIC 11/15; natl 12/15
November 1, 2009
UIC 2/15; natl 3/1
early April
April 1, 2009
spring
Program Name
med school main application
med school additional apps
Oxford MSc in biochemistry
Oxford MSc in biochemistry
Oxford Mphil in neuroscience
MA Int. Health, Heidelberg U
immigrant award
immigrant award
15-Dec MD/PhD award Oxford/US. Univ
graduate award
conference
research presentation
graduate award
15-May graduate award
recs
depends
varies
8
4
3
2
3
3
3
3
0
??
3?
Location
US
US
UK
UK
UK
Germany
US? UK?
US
US/UK
US
UIC
UIC
IL
US
Type
prof school
prof School
grad fellowship
grad fellowship
grad fellowship
grad fellowship
grad fellowship
grad fellowship
grad fellowship
grad fellowship
conference
presentation
grad ssp
grad ssp
writing
app/ps
essays/various
app/ps
app/psproposal
app/ps/proposal/affil
app/res/proposal/affil
app/ps/budget
app/ps/essay/3essay
app/resume/ps
app/ps
NA
application
app/resume/ps
unsure
interviews
no
Yes/spring
yes/ Nov.
yes/ Nov.
campus
campus
cam/ph
yes/Feb
yes/Feb
no
NA
no
yes
no
defer
NA
yes
no
no
no
6 mo
NA
NA
?
no
NA
NA
no
no
Scholarships…What’s Out There?
British Scholarships
International Awards
U.S. Graduate Study Fellowships
Graduate Fellowships in International Affairs
Other Scholarship Awards
British Scholarships
 UIC Deadline: September 11
 Rhodes – Oxford
 www.rhodesscholar.org
 Marshall – any UK university
 www.marshallscholarship.org
 Gates Cambridge – Cambridge
 www.gatesscholar.org
 Mitchell – any Irish university
 www.us-irelandalliance.org
 Fulbright – any UK university
 www.fulbright.co.uk
International Awards
 Fulbright – research, study or teaching English
 UIC deadline: September 11
 www.iie.org/fulbright
 Rotary – graduate study abroad
 Annual deadline: Cycle begins in spring
 www.rotary.org
 DAAD – research, intern or study in Germany
 Annual deadline: January 31
 www.daad.de
Fellowships for U.S. Graduate Study
 NSF – graduate study in math, science,
engineering and the social sciences
 Annual Deadline: early November
 www.nsf.gov
 Javits – graduate study in the humanities and
some social sciences
 Annual Deadline: early October
 www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits
 Jack Kent Cooke –graduate/professional
study in any field
 UIC Deadline: February 15
 www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships
Graduate Fellowships in International Affairs
 Pickering – graduate study, internships,
mentoring in international affairs
 Enter Foreign Service upon completing graduate degree
 Annual deadline: early February
 www.woodrow.org/fellowships/foreign_affairs/pickering_grad
 Rangel – graduate study, internship, mentoring in
international affairs
 Enter Foreign Service upon completing graduate degree
 Annual Deadline: late January
 www.howard.edu/rjb/rangelprogram
Other Graduate Awards
 For Immigrants…
 Soros – for “new Americans” in any field of
graduate/professional study
 www.pdsoros.org
 Annual Deadline: November 1
 Merage – for immigrants in any field of graduate or
professional study/development
 www.meragefoundations.com/mfad
 UIC Deadline: November 15
 For Social Studies Teachers…
 Madison – supports graduate study for high school
social studies or history teachers
 www.jamesmadison.com
 Annual Deadline: March 1
And Even More Awards!
 Critical Languages – fully-funded summer
language study abroad
 www.clscholarship.org
 Annual Deadline: mid-November
 McKelvie –supports students planning careers in
government
 http://polisci.unl.edu/undergrad/undergrad_scholarships
 Annual Deadline: April 1
 J.W. Saxe – supports service projects, and no or
low-pay internships
 www.jwsaxefund.org
 Annual Deadline: March 15
Post-Graduation Teaching Programs
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program
Teach for America
Math for America
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Fellowships
Mississippi Teacher Corps
Teaching Programs
 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
 Teach in one of 38 countries, various levels
 http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking/thinking_teaching
 UIC Deadline: September 11
 JET – teach English in Japan for 2 years
 Annual Deadline: late November
 www.us.em-japan.go.jp/JET/
 Contacts – Consulate General of Japan, Chicago
 312.280.0428 or [email protected], [email protected]
 Teach for America – teach 2 years in underserved
areas of the country
 Annual Deadlines: 4 yearly (Sept., Nov., Jan., Feb.)
 www.teachforamerica.org
 Contacts – TFA Chicago office, 312.254.1000
More Teaching Programs
 Math for America – teach math in public
schools in NYC, San Diego, LA or DC
 5-year commitment ending in master’s degree or
teaching certificate
 www.mathforamerica.org
 Annual Deadlines: Vary by city applying to
 Contacts:
 NYC – Jonathan Schweig, 212.206.0053
 San Diego – Susan Millen, 858.822.6284
 LA – Pam Mason, 213.740.6740
 DC – Bianca Abrams, 202.939.1135
And Finally, More Teaching Programs!
 KSTF Fellowship – teach physical science, biological
science or math in secondary schools
 5-year commitment beginning with master’s degree in teacher
education program
 www.kstf.org
 Annual Deadline: mid-January
 Contacts: Nicole Gillespie, Senior Program Officer, Teaching
Fellowships, [email protected], 856.608.0001
 Mississippi Teacher Corps – teach in critical-need public
schools in Mississippi (rural and urban)
 2-year commitment ending in master’s degree in education from
Ole Miss
 www.olemiss.edu/programs/mtc
 Annual Deadline: 4 yearly (Oct., Nov., Jan., Mar.)
 Contacts: Ben Guest, Program Manager, [email protected],
662.915.5224
Post-Graduation Job and Volunteer
Programs
Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship
Peace Corps
Coro Fellowship
AmeriCorps (VISTA)
City Year
Job and Volunteer Programs
 Carnegie Fellowship – spend a year in DC as paid Junior
Research Fellow in int’l. affairs (www.carnegieendowment.org)
 UIC Deadline: November 20
 Peace Corps – commit to 2 years working in a developing
country (www.peacecorps.gov)
 Annual Deadline: Rolling Application
 Contacts: Chicago Regional Office, 312.353.4990,
[email protected]
 Coro Fellowship – full-time, 9-month leadership training
program in public affairs (www.coro.org)
 Placements in LA, NYC, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis
 Annual Deadline: mid-January
 Contacts: Coro Leadership Center – St. Louis, [email protected],
636.827.9805
More Job and Volunteer Programs
 AmeriCorps (VISTA) – commit to one year in same
community helping to fight poverty there
(http://americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp)
 Education award or stipend upon completion
 Annual Deadline: Rolling Application
 Contacts : National AmeriCorps center, 800.942.2677,
[email protected]
 City Year – commitment to one year of full-time service
either in schools or community orgs. (www.cityyear.org)
 One of largest AmeriCorps programs (ed. award/stipend apply)
 18 U.S. locations and Johannesburg, South Africa
 Annual Deadline: 4 yearly (Nov., Feb., Apr., May)
 Contacts: Can specifically contact city you are interested in
applying to (http://www.cityyear.org/contact-recruitment.aspx)
Special Scholarship Programs
We are here to help…
What We Provide Students Applying for
Nationally-Competitive Awards
 Talk to you about your plans
 IN THE SUMMER!!! Phone, in-person, email
 Advise you on the application processes
 Integral to Fulbright, British, Merage processes (and
others that require official nominations)
 Help with essays, resumes, references
 Assistance with mailing, and
 All the moral support you need!
Where You Can Find Us…
Office of Special Scholarship Programs
2506 University Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:45PM, open during the school
year, over breaks and in the summer
Phone: 312-355-2477
Email: Beth – [email protected]; Amanda – [email protected]
Website: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/ssp
QUESTIONS???
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING!!!!!
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