Undergraduate Fellows Frequently Asked Questions

General information

  • Eligible class years: Open to Gettysburg College students graduating in May 2023
  • Major requirements: Open to all majors
  • Cost: No cost to participants
  • Session dates: Tuesdays at 12-1
  • Preferred GPA: 3.25 (extenuating circumstances will be considered)
  • Contact: ei@gettysburg.edu

What do the Undergraduate Fellows do?

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.

What are the benefits of the Undergraduate Fellowship?

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 theme.

Who leads the EI Undergraduate Fellows program?

The Undergraduate Fellows are mentored by Prof. Patturaja Selvaraj, the incoming 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.

How much does it cost?

There is no fee to participate in these programs. The Eisenhower Institute pays for most costs, including meals and travel, although students may be responsible for individual personal expenses (travel snacks, passport fees, etc.). Additional financial assistance is available. 

Is there travel involved?  

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. 

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

The Undergraduate Fellows focus on an annual theme related to public policy. The Fielding Fellows program revolves around the study of the American political system.

How many total Fellows are selected?

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

What is the time commitment?

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.

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

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.

Can I still participate in other Gettysburg activities and organizations?

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

Can I participate in other Eisenhower Institute programs as an Undergraduate Fellow?

No.

Will I receive any academic credit for my work?

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

What’s the application process like?

The application is online and involves basic information, several essays, a resume, and reference checks.

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

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. 

What is the preferred GPA? 

3.25 cumulative GPA. If there is a valid reason for a lower GPA, please provide an explanation for any and all relevant circumstances.

Is this only open to seniors?

Yes.

Do I have to be a Political Science or Public Policy major?

No, all majors are welcome.

Are there any prerequisite classes?

No.

No I need to be a U.S. citizen?

No.

Who should I contact with other questions?

You can contact the Eisenhower Institute or Prof. Selvaraj, or ask any current Undergraduate Fellows about their experience.