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National Fellowships and Scholar Programs

Faculty and Staff Toolbox

Access a variety of resources to aid you in your support of University of South Carolina students applying for national fellowships.

Write a Letter

Letters of Recommendation are a critical piece of any national fellowship application. Advisors in our office are available to provide guidance on how to craft a letter that accurately reflects the specific criteria for each competition. 

We recommend this helpful general resource on writing recommendation letters for students. In addition, you can find specific advice on what various national fellowships are seeking in their letters, with particular attention given to the Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Marshall, Mitchell, NSF, Rhodes, Truman, and Udall.


Refer a Student

Faculty and staff referrals are motivating for students and are welcome at any time. There is no need to have a specific fellowship in mind. 

To refer a student, simply complete this electronic referral form to share the names of up to five students who you believe have the potential to be competitive for a national fellowship. You may submit up to five students per form, but please submit as many and as often as you’d like! When a referral is received, someone from our office will email your student(s) with instructions on scheduling a meeting with a national fellowship advisor.


National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA)

NAFA is a professional organization comprised of:

  • college and university students who apply for competitive scholarships and fellowships.
  • individuals engaged in the practice of advising.
  • institutions of higher education that promote and celebrate the process of applying for competitive scholarships and fellowships as an educational enterprise.
  • foundations and organizations that administer competitive scholarship and fellowship programs.

The University of South Carolina is a proud member of NAFA and subscribes to the core values.

NAFA Mission and Code of Ethics


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.