Academic Fellows Program

The Academic Fellows Program (AFP) is designed to provide specialized opportunities and programs to SBS undergraduate students who identify as first generation, BIPOC, and/or are from low-income families.

Announcement, April 20, 2021: Dr. Griffin-Fennell has been appointed as the first full-time Director of the Academic Fellows Program. Read more.

Welcome to the Academic Fellows Program Community

SBS Pathways resources for students who identify as BIPOC, first generation, and/or from families with low incomes

How do I get involved with AFP?

There are many ways to connect with AFP, and you decide how involved you want to be. Follow AFP on Instagram (@sbsafp_umass) for weekly student-to-student wellness tips, professional development information, and updates on events and opportunities. Come to social events like AFP Movie Night and our biweekly Homework Zoom to connect with other students who are in your shoes. Attend AFP workshops to learn about scholarships; ways to maximize your education through research, leadership, study abroad, civic engagement, and internships; and how to prepare for graduate school or next steps in your career. Check your email every Wednesday for the AFP Newsletter. You’ll find new cultural events, internships, jobs, and other opportunities every week.

Are you interested in serving your fellow AFP students while learning professional development and gaining leadership experience? Apply to become a Diversity Fellow peer intern. Watch the AFP Newsletter and this website in April for more information.

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program

The 18th Annual ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program is sponsored by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) in conjunction with Southwest Airlines.  The application deadline in May 15th.

Through this national education initiative, HACU and Southwest …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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UMass Amherst’s Office of National Scholarship Advisement

UMass Amherst’s Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) is offering virtual and in-person info sessions on the Fulbright scholarship, beginning immediately after spring break and offered repetitively until the end of the semester.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships …

By Phaneth Son
Phaneth Son
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My Experience as a Diversity Fellow

I decided to become a Diversity Fellow because I wanted to help people, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to improve myself as a better student or colleague.   This is my last semester as a Diversity Fellow, …

By Phaneth Son
Phaneth Son
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