Program Associate, Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research


GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, the nexus for cross-disciplinary collaboration across campus, is responsible for online learning programs, academic technology, and faculty teaching initiatives. Encompassing Gelman, Eckles, and VSTC, the GW Libraries support the research and learning goals of undergraduates, graduates, and faculty of the university in a highly collaborative, dynamic, and deeply engaged intellectual community. Reporting to the Director, Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research, the Program Associate works within the Division’s Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research team.


GW created the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research (CUFR) to provide GW undergraduates and alumni with information, guidance and support as they learn about and apply for research opportunities and national fellowship competitions. Learning about and applying for undergraduate fellowships and research awards can be a great complement to academic and extracurricular experiences at GW and can be a learning experience in its own right.

The Program Associate, Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research is responsible for the following duties:


  • Supporting the CUFR by recruiting and advising undergraduates and recent alumni in applying for national and international fellowships as well as faculty mentored research opportunities; identifying and advising candidates through all stages of the application process for a wide range of national and international fellowships, including Fulbright, Boren, Luce, and Carnegie; and advising faculty and other student mentors in preparing effective letters of recommendation in support of the fellowship applications.
  • Leading personal statement/proposal development workshops and information sessions for student groups on campus.
  • Ensuring timeliness and accuracy in the management of multiple, simultaneous fellowship competitions and recruitment processes; developing and maintaining databases to track CUFR activities, including publicity, advising of applicants and competition results; and collecting and maintaining applicant files and records.
  • Coordinating logistics and managing application submissions for campus-based awards.
  • Developing, designing, and editing outreach materials relating to fellowship and undergraduate research programs; promoting GW undergraduate research awards and programs through advising and outreach events; and collaborating with campus partners such as the Career Center, the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, and Office for Study Abroad, in publicizing programs and recruiting students.
  • Managing the CUFR website and other social media outlets to collect and disseminate information to students, faculty and academic advisors regarding national and international fellowship and research opportunities.
  • Assisting in the planning and implementation of the annual Research Showcase at GW in partnership with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR).
  • Enhancing professional expertise through attendance at conferences and seminars, service to professional organizations, review of current literature, and collaboration with colleagues.
  • This position may supervise student employees.

The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.


Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international education, higher education administration, student affairs, or related field is preferred
  • Progressively responsible professional experience in student advising, university programming or related fields
  • Experience with academic, career, and/or study abroad advising in a college/university setting
  • Experience teaching writing or editing student scholarship essays and applications
  • Knowledge of national and international scholarship/fellowship competitions and ability to match students to appropriate programs
  • Experience with faculty-mentored research is a plus
  • Public speaking ability for both large and small audiences
  • Experience working with web-based communication and social media
  • Website editing and design experience is a plus

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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