Fellows are selected by the individual program units. Please note that all units do not host fellows. Thus, you may wish to contact a unit director before selecting a particular unit. Potential mentors select individuals whose combination of education and work experience match the needs of their unit.
Once a unit selects a candidate, the candidate participates in two phone interviews. The first interview, conducted by the Fellowship Program Office, is used to confirm eligibility and to answer general questions. In the second interview, the potential mentor describes expected unit activities during the fellowship period. Following the completion of the interview process, the Fellowship Program Office will extend offers to successful candidates.
The Program is very competitive. In general, less than 10% of applicants are selected for fellowships. In selecting fellows, units look for individuals who have expertise and interests that are compatible with expected unit activities. Applicants who are not successful initially may be successful in future years.