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Fellowship Details, Application and How to Apply


Please review the application information below before completing your application packet.

Apply to the fellowship program online at the Eagleton website.

What is the Eagleton Fellowship Program?
The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University offers interdisciplinary fellowships that provide select Rutgers graduate students the opportunity to further their understanding of government, public affairs, and the practice of politics, and connect the fellowship experience to their chosen fields of study. Eagleton fellowships expose students to the art and politics of governing and to multiple aspects of public policymaking while providing meaningful assistance to government.

Eagleton fellows work toward their graduate degrees without interruption; the one-year fellowship awards are designed to complement academic study. In recent years, fellows have come from diverse departments and schools on all New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses, representing more than a dozen departments in the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences and nine different graduate and professional schools reflecting a wide variety of interests and perspectives.

During the fall, fellows enroll in a weekly, three-credit seminar in applied politics. The seminar is designed to help prepare fellows for the spring semester when they are placed with an office in the New Jersey legislature, the Governor's Office, an executive agency, or other government-related office for 15-hours a week. In the spring, fellows also register for three credits of independent study to work with faculty members in their schools or disciplines, making the connection between their field of academic study and hands-on practical experience in government and politics.

Throughout the year, Eagleton gives students direct access to practitioners in state and national politics and government. These contacts serve to bridge the gap between the academic training of a graduate student and the everyday challenges of a life in politics and public affairs.

Graduate fellowships at the Eagleton Institute of Politics have been offered since 1956. Many of Eagleton's more than 1,900 education program alumni maintain strong contacts with the Institute, assisting in professional development and placement and providing an informal support system for new classes of fellows.


At what point in my graduate studies can I apply to the program?
All applicants must already be accepted into a graduate program at Rutgers University to be eligible. Transfer students are also encouraged to apply. You can apply at any point during your graduate studies as long as you are admitted to a graduate program at Rutgers University and you will be a registered graduate student (full-time or part-time) at Rutgers from September 2017 through May 2018. Eagleton fellows work toward their graduate degrees without interruption; the one-year fellowships are designed to complement academic study. Preference is generally given to applicants who are further advanced in their graduate program. Students in the first year of multi-year graduate study programs are generally not accepted, depending on the length of their graduate program. However, students in one-year graduate programs are encouraged to apply.


What majors are eligible for Eagleton Fellowships?

The Eagleton Fellowship program is interdisciplinary; all majors at Rutgers University are eligible from the New Brunswick, Camden and Newark campuses. Previous Fellows have represented a wide variety of graduate majors including: agricultural and food resource economics, anthropology, art history, atmospheric science, biomedical sciences, business administration, chemistry, communications, childhood studies, city and regional planning, criminal justice, cultural heritage preservation, ecology and evolution, economics, education, educational psychology, environmental science, exposure assessment, food science, geography, global affairs, history, journalism and media studies, landscape architecture, law, liberal studies, library and information sciences, management, media, microbiology and molecular genetics, music, neuroscience, plant biology and pathology, political science, psychology, public administration, public affairs, public health, public policy, social work, sociology, toxicology, urban education/systems, urban planning, and women's and gender studies.


What are the requirements for Eagleton fellowships?

Students must maintain a B/3.0 average during the fellowship year and remain in good academic standing in their disciplinary program.

Additional requirements include:
FALL SEMESTER:
  • Three-credit course at Eagleton (fellowship award dictates which class is taken)
    • Legislative Policymaking (Mondays 1:10-3:50 pm)
    • Eagleton Seminar in American Politics (Fridays 12:00-3:00 pm)
  • Opening program (September-first/second Friday afternoon at Eagleton)
  • Monthly group seminars (one Friday morning/month at Eagleton)
  • Placement orientation (December-first/second Friday all day at State House, Trenton)
  • At least one Eagleton public program or sponsored event (times/locations vary)
SPRING SEMESTER:
  • Internship placement in government office
    • Minimum of 15 hours/week (total of 210 hours)
    • Shadow a legislator/commissioner/high-level official for a day
    • Credit: Fellows can receive 3-credits for time spent in placement through independent study course from their school/department/program
  • Monthly placement journal (submitted electronically the end of each month)
  • Monthly group seminars (one Friday morning/month at State House)
  • Maryland Legislature trip (late February/early March: Thursday & Friday)
  • At least one Eagleton public program or sponsored event (times/locations vary)
  • Closing Program graduation (May-second/third Thursday evening at Eagleton)

Upon successful completion of these requirements, fellows are awarded a certificate from the Institute and receive notation on their Rutgers transcript.
 
 
What are the fellowship awards/classes/internship opportunities?
The Eagleton Fellowship Program in Politics and Government is made possible by four funding sources. Fellowship awards include Henry J. Raimondo Legislative, Governor's Executive, Harold and Reba Martin and Eagleton Alumni (see below). All Eagleton Fellows have the same basic requirements (fall class and spring internship). The levels of support Eagleton provides (stipend and tuition) and internship placement options differ according to the fellowship award received. There are diverse internship opportunities available at all levels of government.
 

Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowship Awards:
  • Eight Raimondo fellowships are awarded annually. This award was initiated by the New Jersey Legislature and Rutgers University to honor the memory of Henry J. Raimondo (1947-1999), who served as associate director and professor at Eagleton. Raimondo fellowship awards provide a stipend of $8,625 and an equivalent amount of tuition credit. (Awards are contingent on funding in the FY18 New Jersey State Budget.)
  • Fellows with Raimondo awards take the Legislative Policy Making class in the fall. The class meets on Mondays 1:10-3:50 pm at Eagleton.
  • These fellows are placed in the NJ State Legislature during the spring semester. Four fellows are placed with the New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democratic and Republican offices and four are placed with the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services.
Governor’s Executive Fellowship Awards:
  • Twelve Governor’s Executive fellowships are awarded annually. This award is supported by the New Jersey Office of the Governor. Governor's Executive fellowship awards provide a stipend of $6,000. (Awards are contingent on funding in the FY18 New Jersey State Budget.)
  • Fellows with Governor's Executive awards take the Eagleton Seminar in American Politics class in the fall. The class meets on Fridays 12:00-3:00 pm at Eagleton.
  • During the spring semester these fellows are placed in state government departments/agencies, including the Governor's office and administration.
Harold and Reba Martin Fellowship and Eagleton Alumni Fellowship Awards:
  • Six Harold and Reba Martin fellowships are awarded annually. Eagleton has been awarding Harold and Reba Martin Fellowship awards since 1981, when the former Bergen County Assemblyman and his wife made their first generous donation to the Institute.
  • One Eagleton Alumni fellowship is awarded each year. The Alumni fellowship award is made possible by contributions from Eagleton's alumni and other friends.
  • Martin and Alumni fellowship awards provide stipends of $6,000 plus full remission for tuition and fees for the academic year.
  • Fellows with Martin and Alumni awards take the Eagleton Seminar in American Politics class in the fall. The class meets on Fridays 12:00-3:00 pm at Eagleton.
  • Spring placements are determined by the Fellows' interests in politics, public affairs and/or government and can be in an office or agency at the municipal, county, state, regional or federal level.


How do I apply for an Eagleton fellowship? When is the application deadline?

Apply to the fellowship program online at the Eagleton website. No paper applications or recommendation letters will be accepted. Eagleton must receive ALL components of your fellowship application packet by 5:00 pm on March 23, 2017 in order to be reviewed. Incomplete packets will not be considered. Please submit your application early! Packets submitted close to the application deadline may have confirmation delayed due to processing time. Recommendation letters are sent in separately.

Please review the instructions and fields on the application before you start application process. You must have all application information and supporting packet files ready to be able to submit your application. Once you start the application you will not be able to save and continue at a later time. Submitting your application for the Eagleton Fellowship Program is a three-step process:

  1. Attach application packet files (resume, unofficial transcript, and essay)
  2. Fill out online application. Make sure to click "submit application" to finalize.
  3. Three letters of recommendation are emailed separately in support of your application.

All applicants must attach essay, resume and unofficial transcript files to online application. You will receive an email confirmation when your packet is processed at Eagleton. Packets also must include three (3) letters of recommendation which are sent from recommender directly to Eagleton via email. Receipt of recommendation letters will be confirmed with applicants via email. All letters must be received by March 23 to be considered.

 

What should my essay focus on?

In 300-500 words, your essay/statement should answer the following questions:

  • Why you want to participate in the fellowship program?
  • What makes you a strong candidate?
  • What has prepared you for this fellowship?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • How do you think this program will help you meet those goals?

Your essay must be attached to your online application as MS Word or Adobe PDF document

 

I completed the online application, now what?
Once you submit your application you will receive email confirmation when your application is processed at Eagleton. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted in support of your application. After you submit your application follow up with your recommenders to make sure they submit their recommendation letters on time. Letters should be addressed to "Fellowship Selection Committee" and emailed as MS Word or Adobe pdf directly from the recommender to fellows@eagleton.rutgers.edu. All recommendations must be received by 5:00 pm on March 23 in order to be considered. You will be notified by email when your recommendation letters have been processed.

The selection committee will decide on candidates to interview who will be contacted via email. Henry Raimondo fellowship candidates will also be required to complete a second interview at their potential placement office before fellowship awards are made. Fellowship awards are not finalized until all selected candidates confirm acceptance of awards.
 
 

Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted in support of your application. Letters should be written by those who can speak to your academic qualifications and/or relevant experience for the Eagleton Fellowship program. You will need to list the names of your recommenders on the application.
  • At least one letter should come from a faculty member, preferably at Rutgers. If you are a transfer or new graduate student then you can use professors from your previous college/institution.
  • Letters should be addressed to “Fellowship Selection Committee” and emailed as MS Word or Adobe pdf directly from the recommender to fellows@eagleton.rutgers.edu. Recommendation letters sent from the applicant will not be accepted. Paper recommendation letters will not be accepted.
  • All recommendations must be received by 5:00pm on March 23 in order to be considered. You will be notified by email when your recommendation letters have been received and processed at Eagleton.
 
 
What criteria are used by the selection committee? Is there a minimum GPA?

The selection committee judges applications using the following criteria: demonstrated interest in government, politics and/or public affairs; academic performance; the quality of the essay and the applicant’s purpose for applying to the program; and letters of recommendation. Overall GPA is considered as part of academic performance. There is no “minimum GPA” in order to apply, but Fellows selected usually have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. All applicants must already be accepted into a graduate program at Rutgers University to be eligible. Students can be registered for classes full or part time. Preference is generally given to applicants who are further advanced in their graduate program. Students in the first year of graduate study are generally not accepted depending on length of graduate program. However, students in one-year graduate programs are encouraged to apply.



When are the fellowships decisions announced?
Students will receive preliminary notification of fellowship status by email in early May 2017. Henry Raimondo Legislative and Governor's Executive fellows will receive final confirmation of fellowship awards once the FY18 New Jersey state budget is approved in early July.
 

 
I have more questions, who can I talk to?

If you have questions, call Sarah Kozak, education program coordinator, at (848) 932-8760 or e-mail fellows@eagleton.rutgers.edu.