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The first step in applying for national fellowships and grants is identifying the fellowship programs and funding organizations to which your research interests are best suited. In order to assist you in identifying these programs, we have created a list of some of the most well-known national scholarship and fellowship opportunities.  You can link through to those opportunities using the links on the left.  On each program’s page you will find complete details about the related campus process, deadlines, and what you can expect to submit for each opportunity .  These lists also include links to each program’s website which will provide the most specific information for guiding you through the application process.

Once you have determined the fellowships, grants, or other opportunities for which you consider yourself to be best suited, it might be helpful for you to discuss your particular research interests and possible proposal with  faculty members within your field as they will be best equipped to alert you to the nuances of scholarship in your field and alert you to relevant opportunities.. Conversations with faculty will likely be the most helpful tool in guiding you to refine your proposal and to employ the most precise language possible in the articulation of your proposal.  ONSF staff can assist with the development of your personal statement.

Please remember that UT has 18,000+ undergraduates. This office serves them all. With a population this size, we rely on students to take the initiative in researching the best opportunities for their individual ambitions.   ONSF staff needs you, the student, to take responsibility for the development of your application. We encourage you to begin early in order to allow for time to carefully study those programs of interest; nearly everything you need to know about national opportunities are available online and that’s a great place to start.

In advance of making an appointment with ONSF staff, we recommend that you prepare for your advising meeting as follows:

  1. You will have taken time to review the website(s) for those national scholarship and fellowship opportunities that are of particular interest and you will bring questions relevant to each opportunity to your advising meeting.  Additionally, you will have identified deadlines and planned your calendar accordingly;
  2. You will have already reviewed application and eligibility requirements with an eye to noticing how your application reflects the mission and purpose of the scholarship. You will have looked through what materials are expected of you – particularly the written pieces like a personal statement, project proposal, short answer questions;
  3. You will have in mind letter writers to support your application and be prepared to discuss how each will be able to speak about your strengths and potential as relevant to the opportunity for which you are applying;
  4. You will have additional questions ready to help direct the conversation and make the most of your advising appointment.

ONSF staff is happy to meet with you to strategize about your application process and help you plan well in anticipation of campus and national deadlines.  Remember that the ONSF cannot provide adequate assistance to you if you have waited until just days before a deadline.  The seriousness with which you approach your application preparation, campus process and national deadlines indicates your overall seriousness of purpose.  Applications of this nature require a lot of time and hard-work.  In an effort to best support your efforts, please make an appointment with staff as early as you can and, ideally, months before an actual deadline.

Disclaimer

The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) supports UT undergraduates and alumni who are undertaking nationally competitive application processes.  It provides support only and cannot, under any circumstances, accept responsibility for missed deadlines, incomplete applications, missing letters of recommendation or other supplementary materials, or selection outcomes at the campus or national level.   The responsibility of completing and submitting an application rests solely on the student or alumni engaging in a national application process.  The ONSF does not guarantee or promise any outcome.

 

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