Note: You are completing the fellows application. For the founders application, go here. If you have any questions during the application process, feel free to reach out to us.

1 Overview
2 Information & Deadline
3 Personal Information
4 Fellows Questions
5 Supplemental Information
6 Review & Submit
  • We like to think this goes without saying, but please read all of the information on this page. We provide it to help you submit the best application and prepare for our interview process.


    • You must not have applied to Startup Shell through the founders application. If you apply to both, only your venture will be considered.
    • All skills are welcome for fellows. Let us know what you are passionate about!
    • You must be a student at the University of Maryland at the time of your application. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply regardless of major or college.


    Come to events such as Shell Talks or Grind Nights prior to interviews to get to know the current members and the values of Startup Shell. The more the better. Check our Facebook page ( or website ( for events or just come work in our space! Our open house is a great opportunity to get to know us!


    Membership grants you 24/7 swipe access to our co-working space and access to our resources. Swipe remains active for one semester after leaving the university. Should you not be accepted for membership, we still invite you to join us at our public events and reapply in the future.

    Shell Fellows are required to write one blog post/tutorial describing a skill you have that would be beneficial for others to know. In addition, mandatory one-hour/week office hours will be enforced so Shell companies can learn from you! We expect Shell Fellows to be active members of the community by attending shell talks, going on retreats, and coming to other events.


    Our resources help fellows grow their skillset. This list is constantly growing and we'd love to hear what we can add to help you further.

    • A community of motivated entrepreneurs seeking to collaborate and help each other grow
    • 24/7 swipe access to co-working space
    • Access to the Prototyping Lab
    • Invites to member events, such as retreats and bi-weekly dinners
    • Free legal advising
    • Assistance with incorporation and patents
    • Personal storage in co-working space
    • Subscriptions to various web products (Treehouse, Notion, etc.)
    • Partnerships and resources with companies like DigitalOcean and AWS
    • Free storage space with Dropbox
    • Meeting space in conference room
    • Table at Expo, our annual showcase where we bring in investors, University officials, and friends of the Shell.


    After the deadline we will review all applications and selected applicants will be invited to an interview. You'll get some interview tips when you submit the application.

    We look forward to having you, Spring 2020 Batch.

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