Advising and Resources
Advising Support and Guidelines
The Office of Global Awards offers support and resources for all undergraduate students and alumni at NYU's New York City campuses. For more information about graduate student support please see the bottom of this page.
For awards that require institutional nomination or endorsement, OGA will manage the full application process. To explore your options or for support on your application, please reach out to the appropriate OGA contact as early as possible.
We are happy to support you in applying for other awards that do not require institutional nomination or endorsement. OGA can provide guidance in the following areas: choosing an award, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and more. For these awards, OGA offers the following support:
- Up to two strategic planning appointments per award per student.
- Up to three rounds of application review per award per student according to the following guidelines: Three rounds of review if we receive your materials at least six weeks in advance of the national deadline; Two rounds of review if we receive your materials between four and six weeks in advance of the deadline; One round of review if we receive your materials between two and four weeks in advance of the deadline. We are not able to offer feedback within two weeks of a national deadline.
Global Awards Advisors
Kurt Davies, Director - Office of Global Awards
Kurt Davies is the Director of Global Awards at New York University.
Kurt has been helping students realize their full potential for the better part of two decades. In his current role, he oversees all operations in the Office of Global Awards. Specifically, he manages the nomination process for several fellowships, including the Truman, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships. He came to NYU from James Madison University, where he served as the Director of Prestigious Scholarships. He has also worked in the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Villanova University and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania. After a career as a travel agent, Kurt returned to college as a non-traditional student, receiving a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and anthropology from the University of North Carolina and a master’s in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Kurt received a Fulbright grant in 2010 to research post-Soviet language policy in Kyrgyzstan. When he is not advising students on fellowship opportunities, Kurt is likely to be found in line for discounted theatre tickets, playing Scrabble, or watching UNC basketball. Kurt has lived in seven states and five countries.
Yollotl Lopez, Fellowship Advisor - Office of Global Awards
Yollotl Lopez is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her work focues on 20th/21st century American litearture, specifically undocumented immigrant narratives. She is also a volunteer editor at NYU's Latinx Project's publication Intervenxions and an active creative writer.
Shirin Nadira, Fellowship Advisor - Office of Global Awards
Shirin Nadira is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at NYU whose research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, theories of globalization and cosmopolitanism, and philosophies of education, and she is currently writing a dissertation on the depiction of university life and international students in contemporary fiction.
She enjoys talking and thinking with real-life students as much as fictional ones and has sought out opportunities to do so through as both a teacher and advisor. Shirin taught high school and college-aged students in Singapore for 3 years and has served as adjunct instructor for NYU’s Core Curriculum at NYU. In addition to advising students on fellowship opportunities at the Office of Global Awards, she is also Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Study for the Comp Lit department offering academic advising to undergraduate Comp Lit majors.
When she’s not reading or writing, Shirin can be found hunting down cheap eats in Queens, solving jigsaw puzzles, working on getting fluent in Spanish, and dancing salsa.
T Wilkins, Assistant Director, Early College Careers - Office of Global Awards
T Wilkins serves as the Assistant Director, Early College Careers. In this role, T focuses on supporting first- and second-year students and students from historically excluded populations in pursuing Global Awards. T has a Bachelor’s in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s of English Education from Teachers College, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University.
Prior to joining NYU, T was the Assistant Director for Education Services at The Door and an djunct professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College. T has had previous roles with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, the Boys & Girls Club of America, and the National Center for Academic & Dissertation Excellence and has taught at the University of the District of Columbia Community College, Trinity Washington University, the Community College of Allegheny County, and the College of New Rochelle.
Drop-in Office Hours
The Office of Global Awards offers weekly virtual "drop-in" office hours. Each session will be hosted by one or more Global Awards advisors. Students (and alumni) should check in using NYU Connect (NYU Login required). No appointment is necessary.
Virtual Drop-in Hours
Thursdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm ET
Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm ET
You are welcome to make a one-on-one appointment with a Global Awards advisor. Appointments are scheduled through NYU Connect (NYU Login required). You will have the option of meeting in person or via Zoom.
Schedule an Appointment with a Global Awards Advisor (NYU Login required)
NYU’s Writing Center at the Expository Writing Program
The Writing Center offers 45-minute long individual consultations with experienced writing consultants. You can work on drafts of your personal statement or statement of grant purpose with these consultants. Keep in mind that they will not copy-edit your document for you; rather, they will ask questions designed to help you rethink the focus or underlying structure of your argument. If you do have grammatical issues, they will probably address it by pointing out the issue, explaining the rule, and having you correct your own document, with their guidance. Make sure you bring all relevant documentation (including scholarship prompts and outlines) along with hard copies of your drafts; they won’t be familiar with the minutiae of the scholarship to which you’re applying. You can register for an appointment on either the Washington Square or Brooklyn campus.
Graduate Student Support and Resources
Graduate Students at NYU should feel free to use all the resources found under the webpages of the Office of Global Awards. When it comes to speaking with an advisor, graduate students should first contact their school specific advisors for information and support. Note: in many cases graduate fellowship applications are different than undergraduate fellowship applications. Pay close attention to any differences that apply to graduate students.