Turning in your Shaffer and BOAF Fellowship Applications

Notre Dame Fellowship applications are due in two weeks and I have been getting questions about what the application components are and how to apply. So I would like to answer those for everyone now. I will be on vacation from September 6-16 so please take advantage of online resources to answer your fellowship questions during that time. If you have questions that are not answered by online resources or would like me to review your fellowship essays, email me and I will check email a couple of times while I am gone. Also, I will be back reviewing essays on September 17 and I am blocking off my entire day for fellowship essay review.

You can turn in your Shaffer and BOAF applications to me now and any day until they are due. I am accepting them and I will respond to your email confirming I have received your application. The way that you turn your applications in is by simply submitting a completed application packet electronically to me Katelynn McBride Barbosa, by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

The definitive source for your fellowship applications is the fellowships website.

That website lists in clear, numbered detail every single component for both the Shaffer and BOAF applications, how to apply, the due date, the history of both fellowships, and every single former and current fellow. The website is rich in information and you should find the answers to any application related questions there.

As a reminder (and listed on that website) here are the application components for both fellowships:

1. The BOAF Fellowship 2018 Application
Note that the application requires the applicant to answer four questions asking the candidate to explain their project and host organization, demonstrate their commitment to public service, show why their project will advance Notre Dame’s mission, and explain why their project is consistent with BOAF’s mission. Candidates can view examples of past successful essays by reading the blog posts referenced below.

2. An official law school transcript

3. A Letter of Recommendation from a professor. Please note that fellowship committee members are not eligible to write letters of recommendation. For the 2019 BOAF application season, the committee members are Michael Jenuwine, Dan Kelly, Jim Kelly, Jen Mason McAward, Jim Seckinger, and David Pruitt.

Note to recommenders: please draft letters of recommendation on Notre Dame letterhead and address the letter to the “Bank of America Foundation Fellowship Committee.” Please send all letters of recommendation electronically (no paper copies please) to Katelynn McBride Barbosa.

4. A Letter of Recommendation from a former employer. Please send all letters of recommendation electronically (no paper copies please) to Katelynn McBride Barbosa.

5. Your resume (including undergraduate GPA)

6. A signed Fellow Agreement with explanation of the type of work the applicant anticipates performing and the name and address of the host agency

7. A signed Host Agency Agreement identifying the work the applicant would be engaged to perform, and accompanied by documentation that confirms the host agency’s 501(c)(3) status

Completed application packets should be submitted electronically to Katelynn McBride Barbosa, by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

As far as essay drafting, I have written blog posts, complete with examples of past successful essays, that directly address how to approach every single essay question for both Shaffer and BOAF. If you can read these in detail and implement lessons from these posts before sending me your essay drafts, that will maximize my ability to help you with your essay drafts.

Here are the blog posts on essay drafting:

Tackling the first Shaffer and Bank of America Foundation Fellowship Essay

Tackling Shaffer and BOAF Essay #2

Tackling Shaffer and BOAF Essay #3

Tackling the Bank of America Foundation Fellowship Unique Essay #4

Here are additional blog posts answering fellowship FAQs and discussing how to fill out the application itself:

Shaffer and Bank of America Foundation Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

How to approach the non-essay components of the Shaffer Application

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