Fellowship Application Checklist

  1. Add honors@uark.edu and scholars@uark.edu to your email address book.

    Our primary form of communication throughout the application process will be via email to your personal email account. Adding these addresses to your email address book will ensure that our messages reach you.

  2. Apply for admission to the University of Arkansas by November 1.

    In order to apply for academic scholarships and fellowships at the University of Arkansas you must apply for admission at apply.uark.edu. You should submit your admissions application, test scores and transcripts to the Office of Admissions by November 1 to be considered for the November 15 priority scholarship deadline and by January 15 for the February 1 final scholarship deadline. In order to be considered for fellowships, all application materials, including the letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the February 1 final scholarship deadline.

  3. Indicate your interest in fellowships.

    On the online application for admission, check the box to indicate your interest in applying for a fellowship.

  4. Submit your high school transcript to the Office of Admissions.

    All transcripts should be mailed to the Office of Admissions at 232 Silas Hunt Hall, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701. The Honors College recalculates all grade point averages to a standard 4-point scale for fellowship consideration. One extra grade point is given for Advance Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Honors and pre-Advanced Placement courses are not given extra weight in the calculation.

  5. Submit all ACT and/or SAT test scores to the Office of Admissions.

    Superscores are not used for fellowship consideration. The December ACT is the last national test date used for fellowship consideration. If you do become fellowship eligible after taking the December ACT test, please make sure that an official score report has been sent to the University of Arkansas.

  6. Watch for email from the University of Arkansas.

    Approximately two business days after you submit your application for admission, you will receive an email with a link to either the online application for fellowships or scholarships. You will be prompted to include the supplemental materials listed below in your application.

  7. Prepare supplemental fellowship application materials in your word processing software. For advice on how to make your application stand out in a competitive pool, we encourage you to read our assistant dean's "Scholarship Tips" blog post.

    Include three works (fiction, poetry, drama, history, science, engineering or other non-fiction) that you have read during the past year that you have most enjoyed. For each work, write 4-6 sentences that describe what you found about the work to be significant. At least one of the three selections should be a work that was not required for you to read for school. We also suggest that you try to use different styles of literary works, such as the ones listed above in parentheses. Please note with an asterisk which books were required class reading.

    The essay prompts below are designed to help you explore what these values mean to you. And remember, the application essay is an opportunity for you to move beyond test scores and GPAs and tell us about you. Avoid platitudes and checklists of accomplishments and activities. The more specific you can be to your personal experience, the better!

    Write a well-developed essay (3,800 characters maximum, including letters, spaces, and punctuation - see the Character Count Calculator) on ONE of the following prompts:

    1)   Historians have often maintained that it is important to have a gap of 50 years between their own time period and their subject matter. Identify an invention or idea that was developed more than 50 years ago that still has a major effect on the way we live today. Why did you choose this particular invention or idea?

    2)   We know you've served as a leader at various time in your life, but tell us a time you chose to be a follower and why. What were the outcomes?

    3)   How do you anticipate making a contribution to society with your future career? What made you interested in this pursuit?

    You must cite sources if you use published or web-based information in your response.

    Describe up to eight activities. You may include academic, athletic or talent competitions, school and community leadership roles, research or creative endeavors, summer academic camps, music or theater involvement, and service projects or work-related endeavors. Please indicate your role and amount of time associated with each activity.
    In order of significance, please describe up to five academic awards or honors. Be sure to indicate when you earned them.
    Please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers of two teachers who will write letters of recommendation. Check out Asking for a Recommendation Letter. Once you have submitted your fellowship application, an email will be sent to each teacher requesting that he/she write a letter on your behalf. In order to make sure teachers have enough time to submit their letters of recommendation, we strongly recommend that students not wait until the final deadline of February 1 to submit their fellowship applications. Please note: Even if you are submitting your application by the priority scholarship deadline, letters of recommendation are not due until the final deadline of February 1.
  8. Copy and paste supplemental materials into the personalized scholarship or fellowship application.

    Once you have completed the application, click the submit button. You will not be able to make changes once the form has been submitted, so be sure that it has been polished and proofread multiple times! You will receive an email the following day confirming receipt of your application.

  9. Monitor your email account.

    Continue to monitor your email for important updates from the Honors College.

  10. Check the Academic Scholarship Office website for additional funding opportunities. 

  11. Questions? Contact us! If you have not heard from us or if you have questions regarding the fellowship application process, please contact us at honors@uark.edu or 479-575-7678.



"Take the essay seriously. Your GPA and test scores matter, but the essay is very important, too. Stellar grades look great on an application and can testify to your impeccable study habits, but grades say relatively little about your personality. The essay is designed to showcase your singular perspective on the world, so share it."

--Hannah Breshears, architectural studies and history

For more essay tips read Hannah's blog post An Essay on the Essay