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NAFCAS Quick Start Guide

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What is NAFCAS?

The National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS) simplifies the process of applying for fellowships. You start by selecting the fellowship sites you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by NAFCAS, your application and materials go through a verification process before being transmitted to all of your selected fellowship sites. Click here to start your application.

How long does the application process take?

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. 

Timeline Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Research sites you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:

    • Deadline requirements. 
    • Recommendation requirements. 
    • Minimum requirements, including transcripts, supplemental applications, etc. 
  2. Begin contacting potential references to confirm their participation. 

  3. Review the NAFCAS Release Statement.

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section. 
  3. Complete the Recommendations section.
  4. Ask your graduate institutions to send official transcripts directly to NAFCAS. If there are any holds on your account at a school, resolve them now to avoid delays in sending transcripts. 

At Least 2 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Check in with your recommenders to confirm that they received the recommendation request via e-mail.
  2. Begin completing the required sections of the Program Materials page. 

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Submit and complete your application. Review the Verification process. Monitor your application for receipt of transcripts and letters of reference and follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application until your status is Verified. 

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