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Colin Powell School Scholarships and Fellowships

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Colin Powell School Scholarships and Fellowships

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The Colin Powell School offers a variety of fellowships for both undergraduate and graduate students at the City College of New York. They are open to all students regardless of major or school.

 

Colin Powell Fellowship: Undergraduate

The Colin Powell Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service is a two-year, intensive program for undergraduate students. The experience is designed to prepare fellows for lives of public service and active citizenship, and enable them to apply their skills to issues of public concern. Students accepted into the Colin Powell Fellowship acquire a broad knowledge of political institutions and the policy-making process, and learn about public service careers and opportunities. Fellows also explore leadership development and methods for creating social change.

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2018-Spring 2020 cohort is Friday, March 1, 2019 by 4:00pm. Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below).

 

Colin Powell Fellowship: Graduate

Each year the Colin Powell School selects five graduate students from the social science graduate programs offered through the Colin Powell School (Economics, International Relations, General Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Public Service Management, and Sociology) to participate in the Colin Powell Fellowship for a one-year period. Graduate students are encouraged to explore ways in which their developing academic expertise can be used to address urgent public problems in underserved communities. Fellows take part in weekly seminars that meet regularly throughout the year. They also take part in special events and have opportunities to hear from distinguished public figures.

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 cohort is Tuesday April 9, 2019 by 4:00pm. Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below). 
graduate-powell-application-2019-2020.docx

 

Community Engagement Fellowship

Community Engagement Fellowships are one-year fellowships for City College undergraduates who design and carry out projects that address community needs in sustainable ways. Fellows implement these projects by engaging with partnering organizations, teams of students they recruit to work with, and the people they serve.  Fellows commit to developing a team, conducting office hours, writing project reports and action plans, and engaging the City College community. 

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 cohort is Friday, March 1, 2019 by 4:00pm.  Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below).

 

Edward I. Koch Fellowships  

The Edward I. Koch Fellowship in Public Service supports motivated students who devote 200 or more hours of service each year to nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout New York City. Through the program, CCNY students can experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of working for the common good, interact with professionals in their chosen field of interest, and see how community organizations work to meet public needs. Additionally, Koch Scholars participate in workshops and discussions that enhance their ability to engage communities in meaningful ways and that provide opportunities for leadership development, reflection and engaged learning. Learn more...

Deadline: The extended deadline for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 cohort is Tuesday, April 09, 2019 by 4:00pm.  Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below).

 

Partners for Change Fellowship

The Partners for Change Fellowship is a one-year program for undergraduate students interested in developing applied research skills and working with community organizations on one of the following focus areas: health justice, college access and success, or human rights. Fellows complete 150 hours of service at their internship sites during the fall semester and, throughout the year, work together with a professional in the field on a high-impact research project. The program instills fellows with a broad range of research and advocacy skills and a nuanced understanding of their focus areas.

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 cohort is Friday, March 1, 2019 by 4:00pm.  Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below).

 

After an Application is Submitted

After you submit an application for the Colin Powell Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service, it will be reviewed for eligibility and then forwarded to the committee. Fellowship committees are comprised of faculty, deans, and other members of the Colin Powell School community with relevant expertise and experience. Some committees interview short-listed applicants before making awards while other committees do not interview. Fellowship Programs notifies all applicants of the outcome administered by our office, as soon as we can.

 

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Preparing a Fellowship Application

To apply for fellowship funding to support a purposeful activity, you will need to prepare a fellowship application.
Your fellowship application will comprise all elements listed below:

  • Fellowship application form
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • 2 Essays
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript

Steps in Preparing a Fellowship Application
1. Check the Fellowship Information and Determine Your Eligibility
Most of the information you will need about the Colin Powell School fellowships, their eligibility requirements, their application processes and deadlines, can be found in respective application doc or you can visit our office at NAC 6/141 and grab a copy of our information flier. This is your first and most important step in order to determine your eligibility.
2. Attend an Information Session
Fellowship Programs offers a range of information sessions - some focused on general opportunities and others focused on specific opportunities. Attending these will help you ask yourself the right questions and familiarize yourself with the fellowship application process.
3. Attend a Workshop
CPDI offer many workshops, including sessions on writing fellowship proposals, crafting resumes, and networking: www.ccny.cuny.edu/cpdi
4. Start Making Contacts
Establishing contacts can be daunting but it is a vital step in preparing your application materials and establishing the details of your project. Try these resources to help you to get started:
- Discuss your Plans
Discussing your plans with a faculty member or adviser is especially important if you are applying for a fellowship for graduate study.
- Make an Appointment
If you have specific questions about an application for a fellowship on which we advise, you can make a one-to-one advising appointment with a Fellowships Adviser.
Akasha Solis, Program Coordinator asolis@ccny.cuny.edu.
Schedule an appointment or visit NAC 6/141 on Tuesday and Thursday
- Seek Advice from Past Candidates
Talk to those who have already gone through the process of planning their summer project or applying to a postgraduate fellowship. Their inside advice will help you to prepare for your own experience. Aside from your own social network, here are some other resources:
Hear from other Powell Fellows: find lists of past award winners, read final reports written by past Fellowships winners, and get advice from past applicants for external awards.
https://www.linkedin.com/school/city-college-of-new-york/