1. Read the Eligibility Requirements and the Overview of Clearances in the application closely. Make sure you’re clear on what the program entails and what’s required of you.
  2. Request a Letter of Recommendation from someone who knows you well. It’s best to ask someone for this letter now instead of when you are ready to submit the application, to ensure that they have plenty of time to craft the letter. If you‘ve been in school in the past two years, the letter must come from a professor or faculty member.TIP: A personal letter from someone who knows you well will be much stronger than a letter from a well-known person, who doesn’t know you very well!
  3. Request your unofficial school transcripts for all institutions you’ve attended. Don’t forget to include study abroad or college exchange programs
  4. Start working your Personal Statement (750 words or less). Read the article on Tips for Writing an Impactful Personal Statement to help you develop a first draft. Ask a friend, professor, or mentor for feedback, and continue honing your statement until you are ready to submit the application.TIP: Plan to submit your application by February 1, 2020 so that the FAIT Fellowship team can do a preliminary review to make sure all documents have been submitted and your application is complete. You’ll be able to make corrections and resubmit documents if needed. If you submit after February 1, the team will not be able to review your application in advance.
  5. Start working on your resume. Read the article on Highlighting Leadership Skills in Your Resume When You Lack Work Experience. Ask your mentor or your college’s Career Services Office to proofread your resume and provide feedback.
  6. While you are waiting for feedback on your Personal Statement and Resume, and waiting for your Letter of Recommendation, collect the rest of the documents that you need:
    • Most Recent Student Aid Reports (or SAR) are generated by completing a FAFSA.
      • You can access your all Federal financial aid information by logging into your account at studentaid.ed.gov.
      • If you’ve been out college and are returning for graduate school, you should complete the FAFSA with the most recent tax information you have; a SAR will be generated immediately following completion of the FAFSA.
    • If you’re currently in college—either as a sophomore or a senior—you will need a copy of your financial aid award letter for the 2019-2020 academic year.
      • You may be able to access this via your school’s online portal, under financial aid or student payments.
      • If you’re having trouble locating your financial aid award, reach out to your Financial Aid Office on campus and they will be able to print and/or send you a new one.
    • For graduate applicants– the GRE/GMAT is not required for the FAIT Fellowship. However, if you had to take it for your graduate school applications, you should submit your scores here. You’re also welcome to include your scores if you believe they’ll strengthen your application!

    TIP: Ensure your attachments are saved as pdfs and use the correct naming convention. They should all be saved: LastNameFirstName-document. A couple of examples: SmithJohn-Transcript1 or WilliamsMary-citizenship.

  7. When you are ready to do the Personal and Professional Achievements section, you should write in full sentences and use correct punctuation and grammar. Don’t just copy and paste from your resume. You will be uploading your resume, but in the text boxes, bullet points and special characters do not work the text boxes. So your answers in this section will show up as one big paragraph to the reviewers, and if you don’t use full sentences and punctuation, it will be difficult to read.TIP: Use the “Save and Continue” button in the online application with frequency. You can always come back and finish later—if there are documents you need or questions you don’t know offhand.
  8. Share who inspired you– If you have specific names of previous Fellows, FAIT staff, or DIRs who inspired or encouraged you to apply, please list them. We want to thank them!