Qualifications and Applying

Undergraduate fellowships are offered to exceptionally talented students with the intellectual potential to become future leaders in our society.


Applicants must be incoming first-year students seeking a major in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. The Sturgis Fellowship is awarded based on a holistic review of written fellowship application materials, which include an essay, an analysis of three works, a list of activities and awards, and two academic references. Applicants who are considered for a Sturgis Fellowship demonstrate:

  • Strong academic curriculum and performance, including ACT and SAT scores
  • Strong writing ability
  • Service and community involvement
  • Intellectual curiosity and interest in creative pursuits
  • An interdisciplinary approach to academics and/or research

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core principles that we also seek to see reflected in our Sturgis cohort. To learn more about the Fulbright College Honors Program mission and values, read our Mission Statement.

Finalists will be notified in February and invited to interview during Fellowship Weekend.


All Fellowship applicants must apply through the University of Arkansas Honors College. Candidates for the Sturgis will be chosen from the larger fellowship applicant pool. All students who meet the GPA and testing requirements for a fellowship will be notified through their New Student Center. More information about being considered for fellowships can be found at the Honors College Fellowship Application Checklist. Applications must be received no later than February 1st, but for the strongest chance at consideration, applicants should submit their scholarship application by the priority scholarship deadline.


Finalists will be notified by end of March if they received the Sturgis Fellowship.

Amount Available

$72,000 for four years.

More Information

University of Arkansas Honors College

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