Undergraduate Fellows Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do the Undergraduate Fellows do?

A: Each year, the Undergraduate Fellows explore a different topic or policy theme by meeting with experts, planning campus-wide panels, and participating in experiential learning trips to developing their understanding of the theme in domestic and international contexts. The Undergraduate Fellows also serve as ambassadors for the Eisenhower Institute throughout the year.

Q: Is this only open to Seniors?

A: Yes

Q: Do I have to be a Poli Sci Major?

A: No, all majors are welcome.

Q: Are there any prerequisite classes?

A: No.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: There is no cost to being an Undergraduate Fellow.

Q: What is the time commitment?

A: The time commitment can vary based on upcoming programming. It could be anywhere from 4-10 hours per week. This program should be treated as a priority throughout your senior year.

Q: Can I still participate in other Gettysburg activities and organizations?

A: Yes! Most Undergraduate Fellows are involved in several other campus activities.

Q: Can I work at the Eisenhower Institute or hold another job while an Undergraduate Fellow?

A: Yes.

Q: What happens if I have a class or other obligation during an Undergraduate Fellows activity?

A: Class is always the first priority. If you have an event other than a class that would conflict, you should contact Eisenhower Institute staff in advance to let them know. We ask that the Undergraduate Fellows program be a top priority, but if there is a valid reason for missing an event, it should be excused.

Q: Do I have to live in Public Policy House or on campus?

A: No.

Q: Are there any GPA requirements?

A: Applicants are required to have a cumulative 3.25 GPA.

Q: What if my GPA is less than the stated requirement – can I still apply?

A: Yes. While the stated GPA requirement for the Undergraduate Fellowship is a 3.25, if there is a valid reason for a lower GPA, please provide an explanation for any and all relevant circumstances.

Q: Is there travel involved?  

A: Yes. The Undergraduate Fellows have opportunities to participate in both domestic and international travel to meet subject matter experts. Fellows are expected to make an effort to participate in all components of the program, including travel, though exceptions will be made in cases where students may not be able to accompany the group. You do not need to be eligible to travel internationally in order to participate in this program. 

Q: Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen?

A: No.

Q: What is the difference between the EI Undergraduate Fellows and the Fielding Fellows?

A:The Undergraduate Fellows focus on a theme related to public policy. They hold on-campus lectures and panel discussions with experts in that specific field and focus on bringing such knowledge to the campus community. The Fielding Fellows program revolves around the study of the American presidency and places an emphasis on creating relationships with entities outside of the College. All of their trips and events relate in some way to the Executive Branch.

Q: How many total fellows are there during an academic year?

A: Eight. Fellows hold their position throughout an entire academic year – both fall and spring semester.

Q: Who is in charge of the EI Undergraduate Fellows program?

A: The Undergraduate Fellows are mentored by Prof. Brendan Cushing-Daniels, the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies, and supported by the Eisenhower Institute staff. The Fellows are also expected to take a leadership role in planning their activities.

Q: Will I receive any academic credit for my work?

A: No. All Eisenhower Institute programs are non-credit, co-curricular opportunities meant to complement academic coursework

Q: How long has EI offered this program?

A. The EI Undergraduate Fellows program began in 2006.

Q: What are the benefits of the Undergraduate Fellowship?

A: This Fellowship allows students to interact directly with experts and gain an in-depth understanding of a certain topic or policy theme. It creates many opportunities to network and to make lasting connections. Fellows also gain skills and experience through discussions, working with experts, and researching their topic or policy theme.

Q: What’s the application process like?

A: The application is online and involves basic information, several essays, and a letter of recommendation

Q: Is prior Eisenhower Institute involvement a factor in the selection process?

A: The application is open to all qualified students. While past involvement with the Eisenhower Institute is taken into consideration, it is only one way of demonstrating leadership and involvement beyond the classroom. 

Q: Can I sign up with my friend?

A: No, it is an individual application. You may certainly encourage your friend to apply!

Q: Can I consult current Undergraduate Fellows on any questions I may have about applying for the Undergraduate Fellowship?

A: Yes!