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How to Apply

Eligibility and Requirements

  1. The one-year program is open to any Vanderbilt University senior who will graduate by May 2021. December 2020 graduates are eligible to apply.
  2. Each applicant must submit a completed application (see below for Application Procedures). Completed applications must be submitted on InfoReady by 5:00 pm on January 29th, 2021. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
  3. A selection committee will evaluate the applications and choose the finalists. Finalists will be interviewed and the winner(s) will be notified by phone and/or email by the end of March 2021.
  4. The recipient(s) of the fellowship will receive a $20,000 stipend. The stipend supports travel and maintenance costs.
  5. The award winner(s) will work with the Career Center Associate Director for Fellowships & Scholarships to plan the year of travel and learning. The fellow must visit at least two continents during the year of travel.
  6. Please be aware that due to COVID-19 restrictions on international travel, Keegan fellows will be allowed to travel once Vanderbilt resumes international travel. Fellows may travel to countries that have Level 1 and Level 2 Travel Advisories at time of departure. Please visit USA Study Abroad  and  Travel.State.Gov  for more information.
  7. The fellow(s) must communicate monthly with the project’s faculty advisor and the Career Center Associate Director of Fellowships & Scholarships while abroad.

Application Procedures

Each applicant must submit the following on InfoReady:

  1. A completed Application Form.
  2. A resume (not to exceed two pages in length) which includes extra-curricular activities, honors, and work experience. You may include information on pertinent activities prior to your enrollment at Vanderbilt, but you must concentrate on the activities of your college years.
  3. A proposed plan of study/travel/work including a title. This statement must be no more than two single-spaced pages in 11 pt font. You must outline your proposed international project, demonstrating how the year abroad will enhance your understanding of the chosen subject in a global context. Keep in mind that the Keegan Fellowship seeks to promote reflection on community engagement, leadership development, and a global orientation and is not intended to fund pursuit of a graduate or professional degree or career-focused activities.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. One must come from a Vanderbilt faculty member who agrees to advise your proposed project throughout your tenure abroad. The other must come from an individual equipped to discuss your contributions to extra-curricular activity (campus and/or community service).
  5. An official Vanderbilt academic transcript.