Gifted Education Fellowship application

The Gifted Education Fellowship is intended to assist outstanding educators in acquiring a graduate degree (master’s degree or higher) in gifted education or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. The Fellowship has a value of $5,000 per year, renewable for one year.

Fellows may be granted the opportunity to conduct research with Mensa members as participants and present their research at a Mensa Annual Gathering or other official American Mensa event. Fellows are asked to acknowledge the Fellowship when they present their research at conferences or in publications. They may also be invited to teach a section of classes for the Annual Gathering youth program or contribute lesson plans for the Mensa for Kids website.

Nominee Information

Education and Career Goals

Doctoral Award

Are you pursuing a Doctoral or Non-Doctoral award?

Personal Statement

Include a personal statement outlining your education and career goals, how obtaining a graduate degree in gifted education will help you support gifted learners, and how you will use this fellowship to become an advocate for gifted education. Your statement should be 500 words or fewer. You may type into a Word document and then copy and paste your text here.

Potential Contributions to Mensa

Include a brief discussion of your intended potential contributions to Mensa. Discussion may include potential research studies, presentations, and publications related to Mensa, giftedness, gifted education, and/or intelligence that you would contribute to Mensa affiliates and/or the Mensa Foundation upon receipt of a Mensa Foundation fellowship. Fellowship awardees will be expected to submit their contributions within one calendar year of receiving a Mensa Foundation award. Your statement should be 500 words or fewer. You may type into a Word document and then copy and paste your text here.

Evidence of Acceptance (PDF file or image file only)

Please upload evidence (PDF or screenshot) of acceptance into a gifted education graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States.

Program of Study (URL or PDF file only)

Please provide a link or .pdf to the specific university web page outlining the sequence of courses in your program of study or a copy of your degree requirements including name of college or university, course titles, description, and number of credit hours.

University Transcript(s) (PDF files only)

Please upload a copy of all transcripts showing degree confirmation and GPA for completed undergraduate work and graduate work in progress. If you have completed at least one semester in your graduate degree program, you must include a copy of the graduate transcript or unofficial transcript showing your current cumulative GPA. If only unofficial transcripts are submitted, official transcripts will still be required prior to any final award decisions of the committee.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF files only)

Please upload a current résumé or curriculum vitae that includes your degrees completed, teaching certifications or licenses held, teaching experience, volunteer work with gifted learners, professional organization memberships and any offices held, and honors and awards received.

Letters of Recommendation (PDF files only)

Please upload two letters of recommendation. If you currently work in a school, one letter should be from your principal or supervisor. One letter should be from your university adviser or a professor in your program.