Fellowships and Gap Year

Many organizations in the U.S. and abroad offer short-term work opportunities for new and recent grads, experienced alumni, and undergrads. These programs range from a few months to two years and go by many names: fellowship, internship, apprenticeship, assistantship or term of service. Graduating students sometimes call them gap-year programs, or short-term experiences they pursue before starting graduate/professional school or another job.

Fellowships may involve

  • Work experience
  • Career training
  • Graduate study
  • Research

Programs cover a variety of issues, including (but not limited to)

  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The environment
  • Health care
  • Human rights
  • Peace and security
  • Public policy

Opportunities often provide a stipend or salary, health benefits and student loan assistance. Carefully review all requirements, benefits and any costs before you apply.

Resources for Finding Fellowships, Service Programs, and Gap-Year Opportunities

  • Handshake: Search by position type for Fellowships and Post-Grad Internships
  • Undergraduate Education Scholarships & Fellowships: Some fellowships and scholarships require nomination or endorsement from Tufts, and these opportunities have Tufts-specific deadlines. Examples include: Marshall Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship and Truman Scholarship
  • Spotlight on Careers: Subscription resource featuring gap year programs, fellowships and scholarships. (Off-campus username: spotlightkey; password: lacn18).
  • Careers A-Z: The Career Center's recommended sites for researching careers and finding jobs
  • Idealist.org: Jobs, volunteer opportunities, and organizations in the nonprofit sector. Consider well-known fellowships for domestic and international programs, some of which are open to undergrads
  • Nationally Coveted Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards: Listings organized by interest area, affinity group, and educational level
  • Tisch Library Resources: Review the library database for directories with fellowships, internships and scholarships
  • CoolWorks: Seasonal jobs and outdoor/environmentally-focused positions with camps, national parks and resorts