Minerva Programs

Application and selection process

The Minerva Fellowship Program offers Union graduates a unique opportunity to partner with international organizations and participate in community engagement with the aim of addressing global challenges in innovative and meaningful ways.

Information sessions are held in the fall term.

All Union College students, who anticipate graduating in June of their senior year, are eligible to apply.

Applications are due in mid-to-late January. Those chosen as semi-finalists will then be scheduled to partake in on-campus interviews. Fellows will then be selected and announced by the end of winter term.

The application is a two-part process. There is an online application, which aims to identify those students who are interested in the program as well as their qualifications and suitability. This application form also requests that students rank any preferences they may have for placements and the contact information for two potential references. The second part of the application is open-ended. The applicant is free to provide whatever material makes the best case possible for their selection. We hope students will use this opportunity to present themselves in a distinctive way and demonstrate what makes them an exceptional candidate. Some applications have been traditional with an essay, transcript and references; other applications have been in poetry, a scrapbook, sculpture, or a video as examples. There are no restrictions.

Fellows have been selected from the full range of applications. Outstanding Fellows are caring, committed, creative, driven, responsible, mature, adventuresome, entrepreneurial, prudent, and more.

The selection committee generally consists of faculty, administrators, and a former Minerva Fellow. Semi-finalists will be asked to partake in an interview. General applicants are interviewed for 20 minutes; wild card applicants are interviewed for 40 minutes.

All members of the committee are equal. Decisions are made after extensive discussion that usually leads to a consensus. To some extent, the needs of the vetted locations are taken into account.

*Please note that if you receive a Fulbright or Watson Fellowship, Minerva Fellows policy dictates that you must accept the Fulbright or Watson and decline the Minerva Fellowship.

2019-2020 Minerva Fellows important dates:

  • January 21 @ 5pm: Deadline for all applications! Submit the online application. Depending on the format of the open-ended component, it can either be submitted via email to minervaprograms@union.edu or in person to the Minerva Programs Office in Reamer 303.

  • February 11: Semi-Finalists will be notified

  • March 1: Deadline for all Reference forms (for Semi-Finalists only)

  • March 5-6: Interviews