OFA Principles and Policies for Applicants 

Your Responsibilities

As an applicant, you are charged with conducting yourself ethically throughout the application process and adhering to OFA’s expectations of applicants. To help guide your decision making, here are some pointers for good applicant conduct. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have about policies and applicant responsibilities.


Support for fellowship competitions is available to current NTC students, recent NTC alumni, and current graduate students who meet eligibility criteria for those awards to which you will apply. Carefully read the eligibility criteria for each fellowship opportunity before starting your application to ensure that you meet them  If you have questions about your eligibility status, we are happy to help you determine whether you meet stated criteria.

Good Standing

Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with NTC at all points during the application process and carrying forward throughout the length of the fellowship itself. You are required to notify the Office of Fellowship Advising (OFA) of any changes in academic or disciplinary standing. 

Ethical Conduct in the Application Process

Before proceeding with work on an application, carefully review of the NTC Code of Academic Conduct, then use the principles below to guide your work:

  • All content in your application must be your own work unless properly cited. Carefully ensure you distinguish between what is original to outside sources of information and what is original to you. If you choose to include information generated by someone else, you must include it correctly and honestly when you compose your application. Different applications have varying expectations for citation of outside sources. The OFA is happy to assist in determining the appropriate citation style for your particular application.
  • Be honest with the reader about yourself and your experiences. As you decide what to include in your application, ensure complete accuracy when drafting each component. Celebrate your accomplishments, highlight relevant roles, and be truthful about your experiences, but take care not to overstate or misrepresent yourself.  OFA staff can assist if you have questions. 
  • Submit the most up-to-date application materials possible. Please provide the most recent documents and materials in your application, e.g., transcripts. In most instances, national fellowships will not allow you to submit updated information after the deadline. Should you have any uncertainty about which materials to submit, ask us. 
  • OFA information and processes are for your use only. As you prepare your application, you are provided with OFA tools and resources to help make you more competitive as an applicant. These materials and our feedback should not be reproduced or shared. We are open to all questions. Don’t hesitate should you be in doubt. 

Late Applications

OFA application deadlines are strictly enforced, particularly regarding internal campus deadlines, which are often much earlier than national deadlines for nationally competitive awards. These deadlines are published on our website calendar, and on application and/or emailed instructions. The Office of Fellowships will not accept late applications. Exceptions must be appealed in advance of the deadline and with a written explanation from your academic advisor. 

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are not transferable from one fellowship application to another and must be submitted by the recommender (not the applicant) via the means of submission appropriate for each award. Letters of recommendation MUST be composed by the recommender. The applicant may provide talking points, resumes/CVs, and supporting documents that can assist your referee, but the supporting letter must be composed in its entirety by the recommender. Recommendation letters written by the applicant are strictly prohibited. Should your recommender request that you compose the letter, please consult at once with the OFA. The OFA will not release copies of recommendations to third parties without the written consent of the recommender. In compliance with FERPA, the OFA permits students to decide to waive their rights of access to letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

Applying from Abroad

The OFA encourages all NTC undergraduates and alumni to study/conduct research abroad. Should you apply for fellowship opportunities while you are away, it is your responsibility to ensure that all required application materials are submitted to the OFA by the stated deadline. Please keep deadline time zones in mind as late applications will not be accepted. Internal competitions for fellowship endorsements sometimes require interviews. When necessary, we will try to accommodate a remote interview.

Class Status and Off-Cycle Applications

Students with Advanced Standing and students who are otherwise off-cycle should contact the OFA before applying to ensure eligibility. In some cases, an email from the NTC Academic Advisor will be required to confirm class status and graduation date.


Digital copies of all application materials submitted to the OFA will be kept for three calendar years after the submission date. File materials for unsuccessful applicants will be deleted after three years. Digital copies of materials for award recipients will be held in perpetuity through the Tulane University archives.

Multiple Offers

Should you receive multiple fellowship offers for the same time frame, you are obligated to inform the OFA as well as the other funding administrators. As a rule, holding multiple awards for the same project, or accepting multiple offers during the same time frame, is not permitted. We are happy to discuss how to manage this situation should it arise for you.

Access to Records

Fellowships applications are submitted in confidence. The OFA will not release applicant names to any source outside our office. Names of award recipients, however, are considered public knowledge and may be published within the Tulane community.

Graduate School Applications

Some fellowships require separate applications of admission to graduate school programs. In these circumstances, you must obtain the admission applications directly from and apply directly to the intended institution. University applications are not collected nor kept on file by the OFA.

Unsolicited Material

The OFA will only accept the exact materials requested as part of any fellowship application. All other materials will be discarded.