How to Win $100,000 for your Innovative Idea

There are two major requirements to be considered for a Thiel Fellowship. First, an applicant must be 22 years old or younger. Secondly, applicants must have a concrete vision for what they are trying to create and be in the process of making meaningful progress toward the completion of their vision.

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Tips for Winning the Thiel Fellowship Scholarship

Whether you’re applying for a prestigious award such as the Thiel Fellowship or a local scholarship, there are a handful of best practices that will serve you well in your journey.

Build a Short Pitch Deck: In the case of the Thiel Fellowship, have a clear idea and a short pitch deck prepared. Keep focused on what you are doing and where you are going.

Build a Strong Profile:  Create a resume of achievements, awards, and other aspects of your life you want to highlight and use it to make sure your applications highlight your most notable accomplishments.

Proofread Everything: Double check all submitted applications for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. 

Get Recommendations: find potential recommenders such as current or past Thiel Fellows or other founders and investors.

Publications about you or media coverage: Strong indicator of traction is that media or a publication was eager to cover your project.

Lastly, don’t be discouraged if you don’t win this scholarship. At IO Scholarships we have thousands of scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students. Remember the more you apply, the more opportunities you have to win!

IO Scholarships Tip: Using IO Scholarship allows you to apply for opportunities which you already qualify, and your ethnic and cultural background is valued. We take so much work out of the actual scholarship search process. Remember to update your profile frequently with a change in GPA to get the best matches possible.

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The Thiel Fellowship: Win $100k for Your Innovative Idea