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Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program Accepting Applications Until April 15

By Elana Goodwin, The Ohio State University

If your student is interested in possibly receiving a fellowship from the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi, they need to act quickly. According to a recent press release, the deadline to apply for a fellowship is April 15, 2017. Phi Kappa Phi is the country’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society, and it’s planning to award six grants of $15,000 and 51 grants of $5,000 to students in the U.S.

The Fellowship program was founded in 1932 and has since become one of the Honor Society’s most renowned and financially well-funded ventures. On average, every year it awards $345,000 to meriting students for first-year graduate or professional study. Those eligible to apply for the Fellowship are any active Phi Kappa Phi members who have already applied to enroll as a full-time student in a post-baccalaureate program of study during the next academic year.

“This Fellowship Program can transform your life by putting a graduate-level educational experience within financial reach, and I thank my Phi Kappa Phi advisors for encouraging me to apply,” said Joseph Schartz, a 2016 Fellowship recipient. “I encourage any student who is considering graduate school to learn how Phi Kappa Phi can enable you to go above and beyond as a student scholar.”

Students applying for the Fellowship are judged on a number of criteria, with only the best applicants selected. The applicant’s acceptance will be based on their evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic performance, leadership and service experience, letters of recommendation, a personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance to an approved graduate or professional program.

Besides the Fellowship Program, Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million every two years to deserving students and members through study abroad grants, dissertation fellowships, post-baccalaureate development funding, member and chapter awards, and other grants for local, national, and international literacy programs.

Active Phi Kappa Phi chapters can each endorse one candidate from their local applicants to compete for a fellowship against other members of the Society. The national deadline for chapters to submit an applicant is April 15, 2017, though chapter deadlines may vary.

For students who want to apply for the fellowship, visit to get contact information for the local chapter and deadline information. To learn more about the Fellowship in general, whether your student qualifies, and how they can apply, visit

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