Students who attend our office hours or workshops frequently ask the following questions.
Some awards require institutional endorsement. For these awards, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships conducts an internal process in order to select applicants for endorsement. If you are interested in applying for an award that has an internal deadline, please contact us to receive further information about the process.
Many scholarships and fellowships are highly competitive, and a wide array of factors can determine whether an application will be successful. When applying, carefully consider the specific selection criteria and mission of the scholarship or fellowship in order to determine if these match your strengths and experiences. Most fellowship applicants also report that the application process itself was highly beneficial, helping them sharpen the focus of their ambition and preparing them for subsequent applications for graduate school or employment opportunities.
Information about selection criteria and the mission of a scholarship or fellowship can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships site. You can also visit the website of a specific award for further details.
Many scholarships and fellowships require that applicants be US citizens. You can search for opportunities for non-US citizens on the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships site. Some scholarships or fellowships permit applicants to apply through their country of citizenship.
These terms are often used interchangeably. In some cases, a scholarship may refer to a grant in support of undergraduate education, and a fellowship may refer to a grant for post-baccalaureate work.
The amount of time required for selection varies by scholarship or fellowship. Often this information will be available on the scholarship or fellowship website. Advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships can also provide guidance in terms of when applicants typically receive a response.
Selection committees vary, but frequently include experts in a particular field or past winners of scholarships or fellowships. During internal campus reviews, selection committees consist of Northeastern faculty and advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.