Selection Criteria

Although each scholarship or fellowship has a different emphasis, certain characteristics are desirable for candidates for any award.

OEF can assist students in displaying these characteristics in the best possible way on their applications and in interviews. Information about each fellowship's general criteria can be found on the Fellowships page. There are many opportunities and there is likely to be one that is a good fit for you.

Consider how you might demonstrate the following abilities in your application: 

  • Initiative, drive, and a willingness to see things through to the end
  • A considerable degree of maturity, self-reliance, self-discipline, and resourcefulness
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • The potential to put the experience to good use