How to Apply
Eligibility and Requirements
- The one-year program is open to any Vanderbilt University senior who will graduate by May 2021. December 2020 graduates are eligible to apply.
- 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.
- 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.
- The recipient(s) of the fellowship will receive a $20,000 stipend. The stipend supports travel and maintenance costs.
- 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.
- 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
for more information.
- The fellow(s) must communicate monthly with the project’s faculty advisor and the Career Center Associate Director of Fellowships & Scholarships while abroad.
Each applicant must submit the following on InfoReady:
- A completed Application Form.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- An official Vanderbilt academic transcript.