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  1. Do I qualify for this Fellowship?
  2. Which schools are considered Minority Academic Institutions (MAI) ?
  3. My school is a two-year institution. Do I qualify?
  4. What type of assistance do Fellows receive?
  5. How many years does this fellowship award cover?
  6. Is the summer internship a requirement for this award?
  7. I never thought about an environmental career until recently. How can I demonstrate my newfound interest?
  8. What is the difference between a "pre-application" and an "application"?
  9. Where can I obtain the "pre-application" materials?
  10. Are there any official forms that I must complete?
  11. If I have another fellowship, must I give it up to be eligible for the EPA Fellowship?
  12. How will my application be reviewed?

Click here for 2003 MAI Undergraduate Student Fellowship Announcement

  1. Do I qualify for this Fellowship?

    To be eligible for the fellowship, undergraduates must meet the following criteria:

    1. US Citizen or lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence. Resident aliens must include their green card number in their pre-application
    2. Have at least a "B" average (3.0)
    3. Have two years of study remaining after the 2004 - 2005 academic year
    4. A attend a four-year Minority Academic Institution full time, or a two-year MAI with plans to attend a four-year MAI the following year
    5. Major in environmental science, physical sciences, computer science, environmental health, social science, mathematics, or engineering.
  2. Which schools are considered Minority Academic Institutions (MAI)?

    View MAI school listings

  3. My school is a two-year institution. Do I qualify?

    Yes. Students who are currently enrolled in a two-year MAI, and who will be entering at a four year MAI the following year are eligible for the fellowship.

  4. What type of assistance do Fellows receive?

    The fellowship provides up to $17,000 per year. Your tuition and academic fees, up to $10,000 per year, will be paid directly to the institution. You will receive a monthly stipend check in the amount of $500 for a nine month period; and $2,500 for expenses such as books, and supplies. A maximum of $34,000 will be provided during the two year tenure.

  5. How many years does this award cover?

    This award provides financial support for the final two years of study, beginning in the Fall 2004. Students with less than two years remaining towards their Bachelor degree are not eligible.

  6. Is the summer internship a requirement for this award?

    YES! The summer internship is a requirement for undergraduate fellows. The EPA will provide the student with a paid internship in one of its laboratories, regional offices, or headquarters programs. Support will be provided for temporary relocation and a living stipend during the summer internship. Click here for information on summer internship.

  7. I never thought about an environmental career until recently. How can I demonstrate my newfound interest?

    If you have recently decided to pursue a career in the environmental field, the personal essay provides you with the opportunity to present your interests and goals. You should explain specifically how you came to this decision, what your plan of study will be during the two years of the fellowship, and your career aspiration after graduation.

    Also, recommendations from faculty members who can attest to your interest will be critical. It is important to choose faculty members who know you very well and can describe your abilities in great detail. General letters of reference are not recommended.

  8. What is the difference between a "pre-application" and an "application"?

    The pre-application is the first step in the overall process. Pre-applications are collected in the Fall from interested candidates. The pre-application provides the information needed for the review of its merit. Top ranked applicants following the merit review will be required to submit a brief formal application.

  9. Where can I obtain the "pre-application" materials?

    There are no "pre-application" forms, although there is a list of the information required of the student. All materials and documents are assembled by the student and submitted to the EPA prior to the deadline. Click here for a sample pre-application.

  10. Are there any official forms that I must complete?

    If you are selected for a fellowship, EPA will send you two federal forms which must be completed and returned before an award for the fellowship may be made.

  11. If I have another fellowship, must I give it up to be eligible for the EPA Fellowship?

    Possibly not. You may not receive any other federal assistance - scholarships, grants, fellowships, or traineeship - simultaneous with the EPA fellowship. However, if the funding source of your fellowship in not federal, you may accept both awards.

  12. How will my application be reviewed?

    Depending on the number of applications received, the evaluation process may consist of reviews conducted via mail, face-to-face panels, or a combination of these techniques. In all cases, the reviewers are given detailed guidance on the review process, including the review criteria which are applied uniformly to the applications. Each application will be reviewed by experts in the general field of specialization identified by the student applicant. EPA will make award decisions based upon the recommendations of the peer review panel, programmatic considerations, and available funds.

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