Check out our Spring Schedule!

In Spring 2021, the NSO will be hosting a flurry of information sessions, talking about funded postgraduate opportunities, opportunities to fund research and study abroad, and about our office and the awards we advise applicants for. See below for the full schedule and for links to register!

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to learn more about our spring workshop series offered to support applicants applying for the following postgraduate scholarships: the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Gates Cambridge Scholarships, and the Schwarzman and Knight-Hennessy Scholars Programs.

Questions? Email natlscholar@vcu.edu!

Spring 2021 Info Session Schedule:

January:

Wednesday 1/20 @ noon: Postgraduate Scholarships Information Session. Learn about funded opportunities for postgraduate study in the UK, Ireland, China, and at Stanford University, as well as how the NSO can support you throughout the application process! Click here to register.

February:

Thursday 2/11 @ 1-2:30pm: Gilman Scholarship Writing Workshop. Open to all students who receive a Pell Grant. This workshop will help prepare you to apply for (and hopefully receive!) a national scholarship to fund your future study abroad or virtual global program. Register in Rams Connect.

Thursday 2/11 @ 2pm: Postgraduate Scholarships Information Session. Learn about funded opportunities for postgraduate study in the UK, Ireland, China, and at Stanford University, as well as how the NSO can support you throughout the application process! Click here to register.

Tuesday 2/16 @ 12:30pm: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session. Join us to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for recent graduates and graduate students to spend an academic year abroad pursuing an independent project or a year of postgraduate study, or teaching English. Click here to register.

Wednesday 2/24 @ 11am: Graduate Student General Information Session. Come learn more about the National Scholarship Office, how we can support you in applying for external funding opportunities, and what kinds of opportunities are out there for graduate students in all fields! Click here to register.

Thursday 2/25 @ 3:30pm: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session. Join us to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for recent graduates and graduate students to spend an academic year abroad pursuing an independent project or a year of postgraduate study, or teaching English. Click here to register.

Friday 2/26 @ 3pm: Graduate Student General Information Session. Come learn more about the National Scholarship Office, how we can support you in applying for external funding opportunities, and what kinds of opportunities are out there for graduate students in all fields! Click here to register.

March:

Wednesday 3/3 @ 1pm: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session. Join us to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for recent graduates and graduate students to spend an academic year abroad pursuing an independent project or a year of postgraduate study, or teaching English. Click here to register.

Friday 3/12 @ 3pm: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session. Join us to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for recent graduates and graduate students to spend an academic year abroad pursuing an independent project or a year of postgraduate study, or teaching English. Click here to register.

Tuesday 3/16 @ 2pm: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session. Join us to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for recent graduates and graduate students to spend an academic year abroad pursuing an independent project or a year of postgraduate study, or teaching English. Click here to register.

Wednesday 3/24 @ 2pm: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session. Join us to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for recent graduates and graduate students to spend an academic year abroad pursuing an independent project or a year of postgraduate study, or teaching English. Click here to register.

Wednesday 3/31 @ noon: General Information Session. Intended especially for students who are new to VCU, this information session will tell you all you need to know about the National Scholarship Office, what kinds of external funding opportunities are out there, and how the NSO can support you through the process of applying for an award! Click here to register.

April:

Friday 4/2 @ 3pm: General Information Session. Intended especially for students who are new to VCU, this information session will tell you all you need to know about the National Scholarship Office, what kinds of external funding opportunities are out there, and how the NSO can support you through the process of applying for an award! Click here to register.

Monday 4/19 @ 4pm: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session. The NSO, together with the Institute for International Education (IIE) who administers the Fulbright program, will offer this information session about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for recent graduates and graduate students to spend an academic year abroad pursuing an independent project or a year of postgraduate study, or teaching English. Click here to register. (Please note this registration link differs from our other Fulbright sessions).

Tuesday 4/20 @ 3pm: Goldwater Scholarship Information Session. In conjunction with VCU Research Week, the NSO will offer this information session about the Goldwater Scholarship, which provides up to $7,500 to second- and third-year undergraduates planning a career in STEM-field research. Click here to register.

Wednesday 4/21 @ 1pm: National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Session. In conjunction with VCU Research Week, the NSO will offer this information session about the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which funds up to three years of graduate study in the non-medical STEM fields. Open to graduating seniors, recent alumni planning on applying for graduate school in an eligible field, and first- and second-year graduate students (at the time of application). Click here to register.

Thursday 4/22 @ 12:30pm: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session. In conjunction with VCU Research Week, the NSO will offer this information session about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for recent graduates and graduate students to spend an academic year abroad pursuing an independent project or a year of postgraduate study, or teaching English. Click here to register.

Friday 4/23 @ 2pm: Critical Language Scholarship Information Session. In conjunction with VCU Research Week, the NSO will offer this information session about the Critical Language Scholarship, which provides recipients with a funded opportunity to pursue the study of one of the State Department’s designated critical languages though a summer intensive language study abroad. Click here to register.

May:

Wednesday 5/19 @ noon: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session. Join us to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for recent graduates and graduate students to spend an academic year abroad pursuing an independent project or a year of postgraduate study, or teaching English. Click here to register.

NEW THIS SPRING: “How To Apply” Workshop Series for Postgraduate Scholarship Applicants!

For the first time, the NSO will be hosting a workshop series this spring to support applicants for postgraduate scholarships. The sessions will cover all the fundamental of completing these applications, including how to write compelling personal statements, thinking about whom to ask for letters of recommendation (and how to cultivate relationships with faculty and mentors that result in strong letters!), how to best present yourself in light of the opportunity you are applying to, and more.

You can find more info in this blog post, or go straight to the registration page here!

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