While it's important to give serious thought to what you might like to do in the world and what kind of career you might hope to pursue, don't worry if you're still figuring things out. Start with the first step or two after graduation.
Quote: What do you care about? What are your goals? What is the change that you want to make in the world? Over the course of my application, I went from feeling unsure about the future to having a purpose, a direction, a path (not a path paved in stone, but a path nonetheless). It truly is a valuable process, and one that I don’t think I would have undergone without the structure of an application.
— Cody McCoy, BR '13
Whether or not you win a fellowship, engaging thoughtfully with the application process will stand you in good stead with future applications, whether for fellowships, graduate or professional school, or jobs.
What might you hope to do with the support of such a fellowship? How might this fit into your longer-term plans and aspirations? What makes most sense for you?