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Info Sessions & Workshops

The ONSF offers information sessions and workshops throughout the academic year on a variety of topics including particular aspects of scholarship applications like the personal statement, as well as on specific funding programs. You are encouraged to attend as many as are of interest to you; these are an ideal place to learn more about the opportunities available to you and what goes into developing a strong national scholarship application. Generally, you can expect the following information sessions and workshops offered each year.

Contact us to schedule a workshop for your class or organization.


ONSF Scholarships 101: Beginning the Search and Crafting a Plan

This introductory information session provides freshman and sophomore students with information to begin the scholarship search and to develop a strategy for how to best use your time at UT in preparation for making application to a variety of opportunities. Undergraduates, Graduates, and Alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend.


ONSF Scholarships 201: Continuing the Search and Developing a Competitive Portfolio

This information session offers guidance for continuing undergraduate students looking for funding while still at UT and for graduate school. This will include information on discipline specific opportunities as well as the necessary materials for every application including a CV, personal statement, research proposal, and letters of recommendation.


Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation Workshop

A personal statement is one of the most important parts of any application and it is also one of the most challenging pieces of writing you will undertake as an undergraduate or graduate student. This workshop will help you understand what goes into writing a strong personal statement and provide tips on how to begin the process of articulating your personal story as it relates to your ambitions and interests. It will also offer guidance on how to request strong letters of recommendation, which are also critical to the success of any application.


ONSF Information Session: Nationally Competitive Opportunities for Post-Graduate Study in the U.K. and Ireland

Learn more about funding opportunities to support post-graduate study in the UK and Ireland including information about the British Marshall, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge and Mitchell scholarship programs. Also gain valuable insight into post-graduate education in the UK and Ireland as you consider whether taking a course of study overseas is the right fit for you.


ONSF Information Session: Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers you the opportunity to pursue research interests in one of over 150 countries around the world. Learn more about the program as well as the application process including the grant of purpose statement, obtaining letters of affiliation, and other key aspects of developing a competitive application. Information session may also include insights provided by recent UT Fulbright recipients.


ONSF Information Session: Truman Scholarship and other opportunities in Public Policy, International Affairs, Political Science, and Related Fields

Learn more about opportunities like the Truman Scholarship for students involved in significant leadership activities, interested in pursuing advance study and a career involving public policy, international affairs, political science and other related disciplines. Sophomores are especially encouraged to attend as scholarships like the Truman require junior class-standing at the time of application.


ONSF Information Session: Opportunities for Funding Critical Language Study (Boren, CLS)

Scholarships like the Boren and Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) provide funding to students at varying levels of proficiency to study languages considered ‘critical’ by the US State Department. Learn more about these opportunities, how to develop a competitive application, and gain valuable insights from previous Boren and CLS award recipients.

All PowerPoint presentations will be available to UT students following each information session and workshop.


ONSF Annual Spring Scholars Luncheon

Every spring, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, the ONSF hosts a Scholars Luncheon and Celebration to recognize the efforts of students who undertake the process of applying for national scholarships and fellowships. This includes those who complete the process in its entirety and submit an application, as well as those who are finalists and award recipients. This is also an opportunity for the ONSF and UT to express gratitude to the faculty and staff who support the work of the ONSF by serving on review and interview committees and mentoring the exceptional students who apply for national opportunities.


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