Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
Apply to the Health Sciences Fellowship program using our free online application. First time users will be required to create an account by registering a username and password which allows you to start an application, save, and then log back in at any time to continue to work on it before submission. The system allows you to attach all required materials such as essay, resume, and additional documents.
What is the application deadline?
The deadline for 2018-2019 application period is February 1, 2018.
What does acceptance into the fellowship program require?
Acceptance into the fellowship program is a competitive process. In addition to the materials required for traditional graduate admittance, the fellowship application requires two essays and may include an on-campus interview. These interviews may be conducted by phone or webinar for those out of state.
When will I be notified of my acceptance into the fellowship program?
As a first step, you will be notified on a rolling basis of a decision into the health sciences graduate program that you applied to. After the fellowship application deadline of February 1, 2018, you may be invited to interview for a fellowship position based on the strength of your application. Final decisions will be sent out over a period of three weeks beginning March 16, 2018. If you are admitted into the traditional program, but not offered a fellowship, you will be considered for a merit scholarship to help with your graduate studies.
How many hours per week of service-related experience is expected for the fellowship?
Fellows are expected to perform 15-20 hours (depending on fellowship placement site) per week throughout the school year (September-May). The exact daily schedule will be determined between the fellow and the site supervisor but will follow the academic calendar.
What type of placements or experiences are available as part of the fellowship?
There are a variety of fellowship placements available. You can review a sampling of placement sites and descriptions prior to applying in order to have an initial understanding of the type of responsibilities that may be expected. You will be able to identify some of the experiences of interest.
Do I get to choose my fellowship placement?
If invited for a fellowship interview, you will be asked to rank which particular position is of highest interest to you as part of our matching process. Great care is taken to match students with appropriate fellowship sites. Placement is a competitive process and we do our best to accommodate student interests. You will be matched with one site. You may choose to accept the fellowship at that site or decline the fellowship opportunity.
What does a typical course schedule look like for a fellowship student?
Fellows begin their coursework and work experience at the beginning of the fall semester in late August/September and continue up until graduation in May. To complete the program in one year, you must complete eight required courses (32 credits) within one calendar year. During both the fall and spring semesters, courses are held in the late afternoons and early evenings, and fellowship program hours are completed before classes begin during the weekdays (and some possible weekends).
Will there be a wait list for fellowships if demand is high?
Typically, more talented students apply for a fellowship than we have available placements. In such cases where qualified students are not awarded a fellowship position, a wait list may be created. If additional placements become available, a fellowship position may then be awarded.
If I am not selected for a fellowship, can I enroll at Merrimack College as a traditional full-time or part-time student?
Yes! Applicants not selected to the fellowship program may be offered admission into the traditional program. A separate application is not required and other scholarships may be available. There may be other experiential learning opportunities available for you. You will take the same graduate courses as those in a fellowship.
Can I transfer in graduate credits from another institution?
Yes, Merrimack College will accept up to eight (8) credits in transfer, provided they are from an accredited institution and directly relate to the master’s program. Transcript evaluation will be completed after acceptance into the program. In order to be eligible for a fellowship, you must maintain a full-time credit load.
What is the minimal GPA that I need to maintain during the program to keep my fellowship?
All fellows must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain in the fellowship program.
What is covered through the fellowship program?
The Health Sciences Fellowship program offers a reduced rate of tuition for a 32-credit master’s degree. You are responsible for the remaining tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, parking, and any other expenses accrued during the academic year. If accepted, you must submit a $300 deposit to hold your place in the program. The deposit will be credited toward your remaining tuition/academic fees once you are enrolled in courses.
Does Merrimack provide health insurance coverage for full-time students?
All full-time and three-quarter time students, as defined by the school, will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the Merrimack College Student Blue Plan. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandates that all students enrolling in six (6) or more credit hours must be covered by health insurance. If you have other coverage, you must complete an online waiver by a set deadline date.
Is financial aid available?
Fellowship students are eligible to receive financial aid and are encouraged to complete a FAFSA form as soon as possible. Contact Katelyn Ma in the Office of Financial Aid at 978-837-3586 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please note: the half-tuition waiver replaces all other scholarships and financial awards provided by Merrimack College. Additional scholarships and other forms of financial aid provided by sources external to Merrimack are encouraged.
Do fellows receive a stipend?
No, there is no stipend for fellowship students.
Is on-campus housing available?
This year, there is no on-campus graduate housing, but availability varies year to year. The Office of Residence Life can assist you in your search for off-campus housing if needed.