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Eligibility and Requirements

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing and in their final undergraduate year. December and May graduates are eligible to apply. The fellowship recipient must graduate by the time the fellowship begins. 
  • Applicants may be of any citizenship. 
  • Applicants should have an excellent academic record, but there is no minimum GPA. They should show evidence of qualities necessary for successfully completing an independent year-long project, such as seriousness of purpose; interest in and openness to others; eagerness to learn and curiosity about the world; self-reliance, poise, and maturity; and creativity and resourcefulness. 
  • The project should not be in a local area where you have previously lived or studied for an extended length of time.  Neither should it be the continuation of an existing project.  It should be an opportunity to explore something new.  There are no hard and fast rules for how much time in a previous location is too much or what counts as the extension of an existing project.  Prospective applicants should discuss these questions with their school/college's Wallenberg contact on a case-by-case basis.
  • Fellowship support will start on August 15 in the year of graduation and last between eight and twelve months, ending no later than August 14 in the year after graduation.