Winner Testimonials Reviews & Success Stories


Winner Testimonials, Reviews & Success Stories


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“I was just accepted to Johns Hopkins' PhD program with one of their most prestigious fellowships. WOAH! The Fully Funded course gave me a process with which to approach the 8 PhD and fellowship applications I completed last fall. The tools and strategies that you provided made me a much more competitive applicant, especially the writing structure and interview prep. The MATCH ME Formula was practical and immediately useful. I count on your continued guidance as I make my decision. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!”

Carmen G., fully funded PhD candidate in Sociology at UCSF ($345,000 funding package)

"lI still cannot believe what I have achieved through this course - a full funding award worth more than $75,000 and the opportunity to attend my dream master's program. Your formula helped me build and polish my application story. This gave me the edge I needed to stand out among so many other outstanding candidates.”

Oumama K., Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Winner ($75,000+ award),  

fully funded master's student at Johns Hopkins SAIS

"I would absolutely recommend this course to others starting out on their graduate school journeys. I especially appreciate that the Fully Funded course was made fully accessible for deaf students with captioning and transcripts. I received multiple acceptances and funding offers for top MPP and MBA programs, including Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Wharton Business School, and University of Chicago!"

Sheila X., Zuckerman Fellowship Winner ($88,000 award!) at Harvard Kennedy School (+ more than $500,000 in funding offers)

“Before taking the Fully Funded course, I had applied to doctoral programs and was rejected across-the-board. I joined Fully Funded because I knew I had to do something different. The course taught me how to change my application story from one of tragedy to inspiration. At my next try, I was accepted to ALL four programs, with full funding offers!"

L. Tomay Douglas, fully funded PhD candidate in Sociology at UC San Diego ($345,000 funding award)

“The Fully Funded course made my second round of applying to graduate school a success. I applied to six PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences. I interviewed with two and was accepted to both. I'm going to Stanford! Thank you for this course. It was a great investment"

Omar N., fully funded PhD candidate in Genetics at Stanford University ($350,000 funding package)

"The Fully Funded Course is an amazing program! This program provided me support in getting accepted to PhD programs directly after my Bachelor's degree. The course modules were very helpful, they guided me in writing an excellent application. Thank you so much Dr. Vicki Johnson!"

 Opeyemi N., fully funded PhD candidate in Biology at Washington State University ($225,000 funding award)

James R., 2021 acceptance to Harvard University Master's in Higher Education Leadership & $20,000 award to Australia

"I knew I needed to find fully funded PhD programs, but I did not know where to start or anything about the process.  I could have tried to Google everything or hope that I could get enough quality advice from friends and associates, but I didn’t have the time with my master’s studies, and I needed someone in-the-know to give me the right kind of advice. The MATCH ME Formula showed me how to make each application unique so it would not be seen as just another “cookie-cutter” submission. Getting help and advice through the course about each component and your big-picture strategies undoubtedly helped me to get to where I am today: multiple full funding offers."

Ricky U., fully funded PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M ($310,000 funding award)

“The Fully Funded course made my third round of applying to grad school more efficient and allowed me to be confident about my applications. After going through the Fully Funded modules, I knew I was going to present the best application I could create. I will finally be able to obtain my PhD because of the strategies provided by this course! Thank you again for this program!"

Sherron H., fully funded PhD candidate in Behavioral Health at University of Texas, Austin ($295,000 funding award)

"I got into the PhD program in Public Health at the University of Hawaii! I wanted to say thank you for everything. The course has been SO helpful in searching for schools and writing my applications." 

Sai D., accepted to the PhD in Public Health, University of Hawaii ($275,000 funding award)

"I  was accepted to a fully funded PhD program in Biocultural Anthropology! And a fully funded Master's program as well. Your Fully Funded course was so helpful, especially in informing me about the expectations of faculty and how to meet them." 

Eden B., fully funded PhD candidate in Anthropology at University of Alabama ($250,000 funding award)

"The greatest thing I gained from the Fully Funded course was confidence. I have a decade’s experience as a writer and editor, but I experienced a lot of doubt about my own material because I couldn’t “see” it through another’s eyes. Watching the Fully Funded modules and applying the guidance gave me confidence that I was on the right path. In particular, the course guidance was extremely helpful for requesting references and negotiating awards. I gained entrance to two Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs, both with significant funding offers!"

"I got accepted to my dream school, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London! I am over the moon!! I used your strategies and essay notes in the writing of my application, and it was immensely helpful. Your course helped me clarify my interests as I made a career shift from Communications to Voice and Coaching."

Margot H., accepted to dream Master's program in London, UK

After completing the Fully Funded course, I felt I had mastered my graduate school applications!

Clara M.

Thanks to your course, my personal statement was the best one I've ever written!

Alicia F.

PhD Applicant in Computer Science 

When I found your Fully Funded program I felt so relaxed, because now I had a plan, and I knew I could do this!

Merceadez M.

PhD Applicant to 8 Programs

“The Fully Funded personal statement writing exercises and interactive workbooks were beyond helpful, especially for a visual learner like myself. The course feels guided and personalized. It gave me the strategies I needed to be successful!"

Katherin S., fully funded Master's candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University ($100,000 funding award)

“I was accepted to all three graduate programs I applied to! ASU is offering me a $35,000 merit scholarship and I'm a finalist for an additional scholarship that would cover my full tuition! The advice and strategies you teach were valuable in developing a competitive application. I want to thank you for the role you played in my successful applications."

Jennifer M., $35,000 Scholarship  Winner + Full Tuition Award Finalist, ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management ($200,000+ in funding awards)

"As someone who was also going straight from their undergraduate to graduate degree, it was a bit intimidating to undertake the graduate school application process. The Fully Funded course taught me where to find funded master's programs, and it made me really research schools and different disciplines that are a good fit for my interests but were also financially viable. I'm pleased to report that I received more than $100,000 in funding offers across the 5 graduate programs I was accepted to. I'll be starting my first year fully funded!"


"I would absolutely recommend this course to graduate school applicants! If you are applying for the first time and you aren't familiar with how it all works, it can be overwhelming. It really helps to have an organized space in the Fully Funded workbooks to take notes on graduate programs and develop your strategy on how to approach them. Seeking a degree in the UK as an international student has been tricky and stressful, but with the support of the course and Vicki's Office Hours, I have achieved acceptance to several programs!"

Brandi S, accepted to PhD in Literature at the University of York AND Acton-Goodman Scholarship Finalist

“The module on "Interview Secrets" was incredible! It really helped me outline my interview plan, reach out to past fellows (which I was easily able to do), and formulate interview questions both for myself and the interview team. I walked away from that interview so excited, proud, and grateful for the experience."

Nicole L., Buell Fellowship Winner ($75,000 award) &

mid-career PhD candidate in Human Development at Colorado State University

“I have been offered EIGHT interviews for PhD programs in Psychology! From what I hear the quantity of applicants has increased greatly this year, so I am ecstatic and humbled. Thank you for the course and continued support."

"The 5-part personal statement framework you teach in the Fully Funded course was pivotal for me. I'm pleased to report I was just accepted to Harvard!"

"The Fully Funded course has given me incredibly valuable skills, especially when it comes to narrowing down my interests and asking the right questions of myself and of the programs I am applying to.”

"This is the most useful time and $$ I've spent during the entire COVID episode. THANK YOU!”

Tony J., Fulbright Scholar applicant

“You teach the importance of professional networking and how to do faculty outreach. I've got an update to share! One of the faculty contacts I reached out to regarding a PhD program just offered me a research position with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies! I'm going to take it as it will be beneficial to me to further prepare for my PhD applications. Thank you for teaching these strategies!"

Marci G., PhD applicant with new job offer

“The Fully Funded course is already meeting my expectations of demystifying the application process. The structure and assignments in the modules are providing me with actionable steps to take. I love the examples used in the videos! All of this is truly beneficial, as it has helped reduce the stress and anxiety I had at the beginning of this process!

Carolyn B., new Fully Funded course student

“As a mid-career professional, one of the best things I received from the Fully Funded course was step-by-step guidance on how to narrow my goals and find fellowships and funding opportunities that will help me meet those goals. I've learned how to best position myself and my story for each individual program I've applied to. This clarified the whole process for me and really boosted my confidence that I was indeed someone they’d want to work with - and that was HUGE for me. I've now been accepted into a prestigious women’s leadership program AND a fellowship to work with leaders in local government, and I have a finalist interview for a third fellowship!"

Maryruth P., Coro Women in Leadership Fellowship Winner AND Urban Leaders Fellowship Winner ($100,000+ value in fellowships)

"Prior to this program, I've always written my essays and submitted my applications at the last minute because for the life of me and my lack of street smarts, I just could not figure out how to break down every aspect of the application process and have been a serial procrastinator for the past decade. I honestly never thought it'd be possible for me to compile an application, and write (and edit!) essays across several months, but now I know I can! The lessons you taught us will carry us through life. Thank you for pushing us! It was only because of the support from you and others that I was able to submit my strongest application to date."

Sunny H., Fulbright Award Winner ($75,000+ in funding)

“It has been an amazing journey in the course. It was like a lightbulb came on. I decided to apply for an award that I previously dismissed as out of my league. The deadline was in just 2 days. I nailed my personal statement by Thursday morning and received positive feedback from my colleagues. Even though the application was rushed, this was my best application EVER. My confidence is soaring! I now have a list of 10 more awards that I plan to apply to."

"It's important to note how much I appreciate the time, energy and effort you dedicate to students in this course and your helpful feedback with every Office Hours session. I believe that my application was the best is could possibly be thanks to the Fully Funded modules and especially your MATCH ME Formula."

“I just received this exciting email for a finalist interview and I’ve got tears of joy. I used your tips, listened to your videos over and over again, developed and reviewed my workbook, met a current fellow like you advised, and got more insights before submitting my application. Viola! This is my first invitation to interview after many unsuccessful attempts. I just can't thank you enough.”

“Before taking the course, I thought I wasn't a unique or qualified enough candidate to be applying for any of the opportunities I had my heart set on. I took the leap with this course because I have always felt like I didn't know how to showcase my best self. This course taught me how to research opportunities, find the "insider information" that was right in front of me, and determine the best way to tell my story for each award. These are REAL strategies and tools that will elevate your application and make you stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. I am now a semifinalist for three highly competitive awards, including a Fulbright award! This course gave me the confidence to know I will never give up again." 

Invest in Guidance From a Globally-Recognized Expert on Winning Fellowship and Graduate School Funding

Hi! I'm Dr. Vicki Johnson, the Founder and CEO of, the world's leading online resource for information on professional and academic fellowships. 


I'm a four-time fellowship winner, a top PhD scholar, and award-winning social impact entrepreneur. I teach insider strategies on winning competitive funding awards and entrance to top graduate schools.


Over the last 10 years, I've worked with hundreds of successful applicants and interviewed thousands of award winners. I created this course to share my unique application formula with people who aim to do something exceptional.


In the Fully Funded program, you will find awards and fully funded graduate programs that meet your eligibility and fulfill your goals AND you'll learn my unique MATCH ME Formula for preparing a winning application. 



Through the MATCH ME Formula, I:

  • Won four highly competitive professional fellowships (with a 5% acceptance rate or less), including a Fulbright Award
  • Gained entrance to 6 Ivy League/Top 10 graduate programs 
  • Was awarded a full funding package to complete my PhD (tuition and $25,000 stipend)
  • Achieved the Dean's Award for Exceptional Theses (top 10% of all PhD graduates)
  • Was paid to live and pursue independent projects in the UK, Germany & New Zealand
  • Appointed Policy Director of President Obama's Congressional Committee at the age of 30
  • Successfully pitched and received promotions, salary increases, professional development funding, paid sabbaticals, travel and public speaking opportunities from my early career employers.

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