Launches New Fellowships Database with 600+ Funded Opportunities

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Most comprehensive resource for finding and applying to competitive fellowships launches, assists university fellowship advisors and students

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RSS, the go-to-source for information on professional and academic fellowships, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, featuring a searchable database of more than 640 professional and academic fellowship programs. Fellowships are short-term, funded, competitive opportunities for professional development or study.

The new site was launched at Stanford University during ProFellow’s 6th University Seminar Tour. Cofounder Vicki Johnson spoke to Stanford students and faculty on “How to Find and Win Competitive and Academic Fellowships,” drawing on her experience in winning four competitive professional fellowships since her undergraduate education.

“The site’s new features were based on the feedback of hundreds of fellowship seekers and university advisors," said Johnson. "ProFellow is arguably the best resource on the Internet for those seeking to find and win competitive fellowships.”

In addition to its fellowship database, ProFellow also includes hundreds of editorials and interviews with former fellows and ProFellow’s Step-by-Step Guide For a Competitive Fellowship Application.

“ProFellow is a fantastic resource to inform students and graduates about fellowships,” said Jim Murray, Program Director at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service. “Prospective candidates are empowered by the personal stories and insights from fellowship alumni about the application process.”

With more than 14,000 members, including over 400 fellowship advisors, ProFellow is known internationally as the go-to source for information on professional and academic fellowships. A free resource, the site was created and is supported by current and former fellows, including ProFellow’s International Fellows Network of more than 1,000 fellowship alumni from a wide range of fellowship programs globally. The IFN holds regular networking events in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York City, Boston and Berlin, Germany and is expanding events to Chicago and London in 2015.

Benefits of

  • A free, comprehensive database of more than 640 paid, short-term and competitive fellowship opportunities for students and professionals, with links to related articles, bookmarking, social media and calendar features for deadlines
  • Hundreds of interviews and editorials written by former fellows, with insider application tips and insights on the fellowship experience
  • An International Fellows Network that connects more than 1,000 current and former fellows globally, and provides advising for aspiring fellows

ProFellow was founded in 2011 when Johnson served as an Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy in New Zealand. ProFellow addresses the difficulty students and professionals once faced in finding information about fellowships online. Now based in San Francisco, CA, ProFellow continues to expand with new features, application resources and opportunities for current, former and aspiring fellows.

About Cofounders Vicki & Ryan Johnson:
Vicki Johnson is an alumna of the New York City Urban Fellows Program (2001-2), the German Chancellor Fellowship (2003-4), the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship (2005) and the Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy administered by Fulbright New Zealand (2011). In 2011, she also earned a full, 3-year fellowship from GNS Science to complete her PhD at Massey University in New Zealand. She works in the field of disaster risk reduction and public health policy and is a graduate of Cornell University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her husband and Cofounder Ryan Johnson has worked for several tech companies as a senior-level product manager, including Elance-oDesk and TargusInfo (acquired by Neustar), and was finalist for the inaugural cohort of White House Presidential Innovation Fellows in 2012. He is a graduate of George Mason University.

About ProFellow: is the world’s largest community of fellowship seekers and alumni, with more than 14,000 active users, including over 400 university fellowship advisers. The site was created and is supported by current and former fellows, including ProFellow’s International Fellows Network of more than 1,000 fellowship alumni from a wide range of fellowship programs globally. For more information, please visit:

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