what is predoc fellowship?

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what is predoc fellowship?

Postby Thiru » Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:20 am

can somebody explain about predoc fellowship and the details of it?

what is predoc fellowship?

Postby Lora » Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:43 am

Predoctoral fellowships are given by various organizations and government agencies; most people know about the NSF fellowships, but there are also Defense Department, EPA, NIH and various other fellowships depending on your background, interests and where you're at in your studies. Most of the better-paying fellowships are only open to people just beginning their graduate studies.

They're fairly easy to apply for, but competition is stiff. They usually cover your tuition, stipend, health insurance and occasionally also have things like computer budgets built into them. Stipends vary according to who is awarding them. What's so nice about them is, most top schools limit their admissions to the number of candidates they have funding for, so that means they turn away a lot of qualified people. If you've already got funding for yourself and the school's costs in accepting you are minimal, you can write your own ticket and go wherever you like.

These fellowships generally have time limits on them; Howard Hughes recently discontinued their predoc fellowship program, but it was the only one I know of that didn't set strict time limits. The rest are limited to 1-3 years of support.

Cornell's database of fellowships is quite extensive:

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