Fulbright College Honors Sturgis Fellowship Program

With gratitude to the Roy and Christine Sturgis Educational Trust


From week one of their freshman year, students who have been awarded the Sturgis Fellowship find an immediate sense of welcome and belonging in this very special cohort of scholars. The Sturgis is the oldest academic fellowship on our campus. Our first class of Sturgis Fellows graduated in 1990, and, since that time, our distinguished alumni have proven their talent and dedication in fields ranging from neurosurgery to publishing, investment banking to the professoriate.  Our Honors Studies program, housed in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, affords an abundant array of opportunities for our scholars: students study abroad, engage in cutting-edge research, and find great reward in working intensively with faculty mentors. The in-depth research experiences, critical thinking skills, and communicative abilities honed in an honors undergraduate career at the University of Arkansas make our graduates competitive for national and international awards as well as the most prestigious graduate and professional programs."

~ Kirstin Erickson, Director, Fulbright College Honors Program


Sturgis Fellowship Overview:

  • Award
    • $17,500 per year
    • 4-5 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 16-20 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:

Kirstin Erickson

Director of Fulbright College Honors Studies

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