University of Iowa

The Fellows Project

Purposeful engagement with extraordinary challenge requires us to know ourselves as well as we know our disciplines.

The Fellows Project was established to not only identify and reward the most thoughtful, curious and motivated Honors students early on in their education, but to create a space where each Fellow is challenged to develop a knowledge of the self that will deepen their intellectual life, strengthen their engagement with their academic community and foster authenticity and confidence in their personal and professional relationships.

Each spring semester, eligible students are invited to apply to be a part of the Fellows Project.  The application process involves a written application, faculty recommendation and for the approximately 20 to 25 first and second year students selected as finalists, an in-depth interview with a panel of Honors at Iowa faculty and staff. Apply yourself AND let your friends and collaborators know about the opportunity -  YOU are the best recommenders!  

Important Dates

  •  Application Deadline February 7, 2018
  • Finalist Interviews Early March 2017
  • Notification of Finalists By Mid-March 2017


To be eligible to apply for the Fellows Project, an applicant must:

  • Be a member in good standing of the University of Iowa Honors Program at the time of application as well as throughout two year funding period
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student
  • Be intending to enroll as a full-time student in the 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • Be in the second semester of their first or second year (entering in Fall 2016 or 2017)
  • have established a University of Iowa GPA of 3.6 or higher

Selection Criteria

Students invited to join the Fellows Project will be able to demonstrate their interest in further developing the following skills, traits and perspectives:

  • an authentic investment in the process of learning and the pursuit of challenge
  • a desire to contribute to one's chosen communities - academic, creative, athletic, faith-based, political, social, entrepreneurial...and more
  • adaptability, curiosity, and self-awareness
  • strong writing and speaking skills - extroverts and introverts alike!

Benefits & Responsibilities

Each Fellow in our community will have access to a spectrum of intellectual, professional and social opportunities, including:

  • two years of dedicated scholarship funding,
  • structured scholar development support through an Honors seminar in the first year of funding,
  • connection to other Fellows, like-minded peer collaborators, Honors faculty and staff, university leadership, and visiting thought leaders,
  • and individually tailored research, fellowship and graduate school advising.

Once selected, Fellows must maintain an active connection to the project for two years, or four semesters.  This relationship is demonstrated through the following activities:

  • maintain a minimum 3.5 UI GPA throughout the duration of their two-year relationship with the Fellows Project
  • a scheduled conference with the Fellowships Director at least once per academic year to discuss curricular and career goals
  • participate in structured discourse through a 0 semester hour course taught by Honors at Iowa’s Director of Scholar Development in the fall semester of the first year of funding
  • be available for scholar development activities throughout the academic year, including events organized by UIHP Scholarships & Fellowships, Honors at Iowa and the larger UI community
  • be prepared to contribute to the ongoing development of the Fellows Project and other scholar development initiatives by serving (as needed and when able) on an Executive Fellows Committee that will advise on proposed changes to policies and procedures, community events, and faculty-student relations

How to Apply

Applications for the Fellows Project are submitted using Honors Universal Application in the Iowa Scholarship Portal.

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2016 Fellows Project Cohort