Career Development Fellowships
Incoming Students Deadline: 13 March 2018 (12:00 PM/NOON EST) (Late submissions will not be accepted)
Current Students Deadline: 3 April 2018 (8:00 PM EST) (Late submissions will not be accepted)

All awards have been made for the 2017-18 Academic Year.


Career Development Fellowships are intended to assist students who are working/interning either full- or part-time in the DC Metro area and are pursuing or wish to pursue graduate (Master's level) study at GW to enhance their knowledge and skills. Assumed is that these students will add the dimension of real world experience to the classroom and that they will, in turn, employ the new knowledge and skills from their courses at GW in the workplace.

Priority is given to incoming students. Awards for current students are limited to no more than four awards.

Students receiving academic credit for their job/internship are not eligible.


Click HERE for the complete list of eligible Master's programs for this fellowship. GW students who are not in one of these specific programs on the Foggy Bottom campus are not eligible to apply and will not be considered, regardless of whether their area of study is related.

Employed full- or part-time in a position (job or internship, paid or unpaid in the DC Metro area) directly related to the student's degree program. (GW employees are not eligible) In accordance with University policy, full-time students may not have full-time jobs. Current or incoming GW graduate students with a minimum 3.4 GPA who have been accepted to one of the Master's degree programs listed below. (Students enrolled in off-campus locations are not eligible.) Please also note that other GW awards cannot be held with this award.

Applicants working for GWU (internship or job, paid or unpaid) are not eligible. Applicants who have not secured an internship or job by the time of application for the fall are not eligible. No exceptions.

Past awardees of the fellowship must re-apply for consideration to fund their next year of study.

Registration Requirements

Priority will be given to students who are studying full-time, but a limited number of awards will be given to students who are studying part-time/half-time (and may be employed full-time). Full-time students must be registered for at least three courses (9 credit hours) per semester. Part-time students must be registered for two courses (6 credit hours) per semester. These requirements do not apply to students in their last semester who need only one or two courses to complete their programs. Students at the end of their programs of study, requiring less than the minimum of nine credits (full-time) for the semester will receive the part-time award amount for that semester.


Awards will cover up to $5,000 for part-time/half-time students and up to $10,000 for full time students (excluding fees). Incoming students who have applied by the deadline date and time will be notified of decisions by the last week of March 2017. Current students who have applied by the deadline date and time will be notified of decisions by the last week of April 2017. Committee decisions are final. Due to the high volume of applications received for this fellowship, feedback on decisions cannot be provided to applicants.

Required Documents: All application materials must be submitted via the online fellowships application portal.Instructions on how to apply through the portal can be found here.

  • Application
  • Essay
  • The essay will be the most heavily weighted factor in your application package. Therefore, it should be thoughtfully written with concrete, detailed examples of the impact your studies have on your work and VICE VERSA. (Essays which cover only one aspect will severely hamper the applicant's chances of being awarded a Career Development Fellowship, regardless of other qualifications.)

    This essay should not be more than two pages, double-spaced, and should include your academic and professional interests. The essay should explain, in detail:

    • how your current professional position will enable you to make a positive contribution to your academic program
    • how your academic program enhances your skills and knowledge for your current placement (job or internship) and is relevant to your future career goals.
  • Transcripts

  • Current full-time students with at least 9 GW credit hours completed and part-time students with at least 6 GW credit hours complete are only required to submit unofficial GW transcripts (please do not submit GWeb transcripts. You may request a free unofficial transcript from the Registrar). If you do not meet this requirement, you must submit unofficial or official undergraduate transcripts. Incoming students must submit undergraduate transcripts.

  • Resume

    Your resume should include relevant work and internship experiences, degrees earned, honors and/or awards, and community service activities.

  • Academic and Professional Recommendations

    Two recommendations are required. One must come from the employer or internship supervisor and one from a professor.

  • If you have not yet begun your internship or job, you may submit a recommendation from a current or previous employer.

    If you do not have an academic reference, you may submit a second professional recommendation but you may not be viewed as a competitive applicant.

    Recommendations will be submitted via our online system. Applicants in the online portal should enter the emails and names of their recommenders when prompted in the recommendation section of the online application. Recommenders will then receive an email request to complete his/her recommendation. Applicants will be sent an email confirmation from the system when the recommendations have been submitted.

Please submit completed applications via our online system by the deadline. You will not be able to submit your application until all materials (including recommendation letters) are submitted via the online system. Our office will not accept late applications and will not make exceptions for late applications.