Fulbright College Honors Sturgis Fellowship Program

With gratitude to the Roy and Christine Sturgis Educational Trust


“A Sturgis Fellow in Fulbright College immediately joins the ranks of the oldest academic fellowship tradition on our campus, with our first Sturgis Fellows graduating in 1990. Since that time, Sturgis Fellows have steadily built a distinguished alumni who have excelled in practically every walk of life from brain surgeons to investment bankers. And as the years pass by, the opportunities here in our College have grown to include undertaking productive study-abroad trips, completing ambitious and meaningful research projects, and competing for the most prestigious post-graduate scholarships and awards. The opportunities in Fulbright College for our Sturgis Fellows are limitless, as are the contributions they make to our society upon graduation.”

~ Sidney Burris, Director, Fulbright College Honors Program


Sturgis Fellowship Overview:

  • Award
    • $17,500 per year
    • 5-6 offered each year
  • Applicants
    • Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences majors
    • 32 ACT or 1400 SAT (Verbal+Math)
    • Minimum 3.8 high school GPA
    • Strong academic curriculum and performance
    • Service and community involvement
    • Intellectual curiosity/creative pursuits

The Sturgis Fellowship in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest of the prestigious fellowships at the University of Arkansas. The award was established at the University of Arkansas in 1985 through the generous philanthropy of Dallas-based Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust with an endowment of $2 million. The program’s success led to additional gifts in 1992 and 1998, bringing the total program endowment to $10 million.

With the first Sturgis class matriculating in 1986 and graduating in 1990, the sterling record of our Sturgis Fellows, both while on campus and after establishing their careers, speaks to the strength of the faculty, staff, and curriculum of the Fulbright College Honors Program.

The Fulbright Honors Program is devoted to serving our Sturgis Fellows. With only 20-30 Sturgis Fellows on campus at any given time, each receives the kind of individual attention from the director, associate director, and staff of the Fulbright College Honors Program that delivers a memorable and productive experience at the University of Arkansas.

Sturgis Fellows must study abroad while at the University of Arkansas. They have attended programs in India, South Africa, Ghana, Rwanda, China, Russia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Spain . . . and the list goes on.

Our Fellows’ success also provides an eloquent precursor to their accomplishments after leaving our campus. Since 1986, they have won the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, and Fulbright Scholarships. Sturgis Fellows are currently pursuing successful careers as doctors, lawyers, publishers, writers, consultants, software engineers, professors, sustainability advocates, and business entrepreneurs, to name a few.

Learn more about the legacy of Sturgis Fellows by browsing two decades of Sturgis Fellow class announcements:

For more information, please contact:

Sidney Burris

Director of Fulbright College Honors Studies

Office: 517 Old Main
Phone: 479-575-2509
Email: sburris@uark.edu.