EI Undergraduate Fellows Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do the Undergraduate Fellows do?

A: The EI Fellows focus on a different policy theme each year. With that theme, they plan campus wide panels, attend dinners with experts in the field, and go on trips to learn more about the theme in practice. The EI Fellows also serve as ambassadors for the Eisenhower Institutes at various events.

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 program fee.

Q: What is the time commitment?

A: The time commitment can vary based on upcoming events. It could be anywhere from 4-10 hours per week. This program should be a priority.

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

A: Yes! Most EI fellows are involved in other campus activities.

Q: Can I work at EI 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 EI Undergraduate Fellowship activities be a top priority, but if there is a valid reason for missing an activity, it should be excused.

Q: Do I have to live at the EI House or on campus?

A: No.

Q: Are there any GPA requirements?

A: Applicants are required to have a cumulative 3.5 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 3.5, 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?  (Will I need a passport?)

A: There is usually travel involved. It may be international, so having a passport can help.

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 EI Undergraduate Fellows focus on a different policy area each year. They also do campus wide panels and other events. In addition to the policy focus, EI Undergraduate Fellows are ambassadors for the Eisenhower Institute and represent EI at various events. The Fielding Fellows have an annual focus on presidential leadership with most of their programming occurring in Washington, D.C.  

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

A: There are 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 coordinated through the efforts of Eisenhower Institute staff and the guidance of Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw, the Harold G. Evan’s Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies. 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. There is an option to apply to have your involvement with the Fellowship recognized as an independent study and thus receive academic credit, however the onus is on you as the individual Fellow to explore that process and carry it out successfully.

Q: How long has EI offered this program?

The EI Undergraduate Fellows program began in 2006. Thus far, 76 Gettysburg students have been Undergraduate Fellows.

Q: What are the benefits of this Undergraduate Fellowship?

A: This Fellowship allows students to interact directly with experts and gain an in-depth understanding of a certain policy topic. It creates many opportunities to network and to make lasting connections. Fellows also gain important skills and experience through panel planning, working with experts, and researching the 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. Qualified applicants will advance to an interview process with EI professional staff.

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

A: The application is open to all qualified students.

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!