What is the Office of National Fellowships?
The Office of National Fellowships provides information, counsel, and support to highly motivated students with high academic achievement applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships. The Office serves undergraduate and graduate students in ALL majors and colleges, as well as recent alumni.
We also assist faculty members who serve as mentors/references and as members of interview and screening committees.
Why should I apply for a Fellowship?
Recipients of fellowships and scholarships are given money to pursue their studies and research. Some provide funding for traveling overseas, while others help pay for graduate or undergraduate education. There is also a considerable amount of prestige associated with winning, or even competing for, these awards.
Learning how to write and speak convincingly and compellingly about your interests and goals is an important skill for job interviews, as well as for careers in business, science, academia, the non-profit world, etc.
Would I be a competitive applicant?
- Have a high GPA (over 3.5)?
- Show promise of distinguished scholarly and creative achievement in your field?
- Have a record of involvement in community and civic affairs?
- Have demonstrated leadership ability?
- Write clear, concise, well-organized statements explaining your on-going or proposed creative/scholarly projects?
- Identify faculty members who can provide strong letters of recommendation?
If you answered "yes" to several of these questions, you should schedule an appointment with the Office!
Which fields of study have fellowships?
All. There are several fellowships that suit students in every field and every college at UNH. Many of the very prestigious fellowships are open to students in any area.
When should I begin to apply?
Generally, the sooner the better.
Students can apply for many undergraduate fellowships as early as their sophomore year. Several scholarships are specifically for freshman and sophomores.
Students interested in graduate level fellowships or post-graduation opportunities could begin investigating opportunities as early as the spring of their junior year.
It is never too early to schedule an informational meeting with the Office.