About CFSA

CFSA’s mission is to make students, alumni, and faculty aware of nationally competitive fellowship and scholarship opportunities; to help students and alumni identify scholarship opportunities appropriate to their interests and backgrounds; and to assist them through all stages of the application process, from planning to submission to interviews.

CFSA works with undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni from all corners of campus (and the world) as they hone their applications. From language study abroad to funding for promising undergraduate researchers, and from public service leadership training fellowships to internships in Asia, there are dozens of opportunities for students and alumni to pursue meaningful experiences in their field of study or profession.

What scholarships and fellowships does CFSA help students pursue?

Some scholarships include: the Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford; the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for teaching English or conducting research abroad; the Goldwater Scholarship to fund outstanding undergraduates in scientific research; the Udall Scholarship for students of Native American tribal policy and/or environmental issues; the Schwarzman Scholars Program to study for a Master’s degree in international affairs or economics in Beijing; and the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program for exemplary graduate students conducting research.

Students early in their careers are also eligible for several awards, including the Gilman Scholarship for study abroad, the Fulbright Summer Institutes in the UK, and the Critical Language Scholarship funding cultural and language immersion abroad.

Why apply for a scholarship?

Winners of these prestigious awards receive financial support, extraordinary experience and study opportunities in their fields, networking opportunities, and the honor and recognition that accompany the scholarships.

Aside from these kinds of tangible outcomes, applicants find great value in the process itself. Through preparing their application materials, including personal statements, statements of purpose, and critical essays, students clarify their intellectual and career goals and learn how to articulate their values. Applicants also develop writing and interviewing skills that will prepare them for future graduate school applications, research proposals, and job interviews.

How does CFSA help?

CFSA staff offers a number of services to its students, including one-on-one advising, interest sessions on specific scholarships, writing workshops for applicants preparing essays, and interview preparation.

Register your interest in nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships by completing the student registration form here.

Please refer all questions to Jolynn Parker, Director, by email at jmpark02@syr.edu or by phone at 315-443-2759.