The Fellowship Interview

female student is being interviewed at a round table

2021 Fellowship Zoom Interviews will take place Monday, March 8

All fellowship applicants will be notified by the evening of February 15 whether or not they have been invited to interview for fellowships. Due to COVID-19, all interview will be conducted over Zoom this year. For tips on how to prepare for the interview, please read our associate dean's  Fellowship Zoom Interview Tips blog post.

We also answer some frequently asked questions below:

The week before the interviews, the Honors College will host a series of Zoom meetings that finalists and their families  can attend. Each of these meetings is optional and recordings will be posted to the Honors College YouTube page the day after the event.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, March 2 from 6-7 pm - Learning about the Fellowship and the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards featuring Ms. Kelly Carter, Fellowship Financial Manager, and Dr. Suzanne McCray, Vice Provost of Enrollment Services - Video Recording of Meeting

Wednesday, March 3 from 6-7 pm - Study Abroad and Undergraduate Research featuring Dr. Jennie Popp, Associate Dean, and Dr. Chelsea Hodge, Director of Grants and Research Innovation - Video Recording of Meeting

Thursday, March 4 from 6-7 pm - Panel of Current UA Fellows - Video Recording of Meeting

Please note that the passcode for each of these meetings is Honors#1.

All interviews will take place over Zoom on Monday, March 8. All Bodenhamer and Sturgis finalist interviews will be scheduled in the morning. Honors College fellowship finalists with last names beginning with A-L will be assigned an interview in the morning, while students with last names beginning with M-Z will interview in the afternoon. Each finalist will receive his/her final interview information at least one week before March 8 via email.

There is no dress code for the interview, we just recommend that you dress in a manner that makes you feel confident for your interview.

It is important, but we consider all aspects of the selection process, including your academic performance, writing samples, letters of recommendation, and interviews.

Your interview will last 15 minutes. There will be two to four honors faculty and staff members on your Zoom interview panel.

  • Be sure to read our associate dean's Fellowship Zoom Interview Tips blog post.

  • Be yourself.

  • Answer the questions directly and openly, keeping your responses fairly brief and to the point.

  • Take time to think before you answer, and be sure to answer the questions you are asked. It's also okay to say you do not know.

  • If you have earned any additional achievements of awards since your submitted your fellowship application, feel free to share that with your interview committee or even bring an updated resume to share with the interviewers.

  • Do not try to tell the panelists what you think they might want to hear.

  • Let your interviewers take the lead in the interview.

  • Focus on your interests. There is no need to mention scores and grades in the interview, since we have that information at hand.

  • Enjoy yourself! The faculty members are delighted to have this chance to meet and get to know you. Everyone wants you to do well.

You can acess your required fellowship finalist essay on your New Student Center. Please follow the instructions carefully as you prepare your 600 word essay. Your essay must be submitted through your New Student Center no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 28.

Consider some of these sample interview questions - one of these might well be asked at your interview. Review your application, especially your essay and the three works you listed that you enjoyed reading this year. You should also be prepared to discuss the finalist essay you submitted prior to the interview. Typically a few of the questions at the interview will come directly from the material you sent us.

It's also not a bad idea to participate in one or two 15-minute practice interviews with your friends, parents or teachers so that you will be comfortable with the Zoom interview setting. Ask them to help you keep your answers short and to the point. Make eye contact with the committee members as you speak.

You will be notified of fellowship status by email no later than March 22. Just FYI, we never send fellowship notification emails during the school day, so no need to worry about receiving one while you are in class.

Unfortunately, no, you will not be able to combine an academic scholarship offer from the Academic Scholarship Office (e.g. Chancellor's Scholarship, Chancellor's Merit Scholarship, Silas Hunt Scholarship, Chancellor's Community, etc.) with a fellowship. The fellowship will cancel out the original academic scholarship offer from the university.

With that said, in-state students can combine a fellowship with a scholarship from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, such as the Challenge Scholarship or the Governor's Distinguished Scholarship. Out-of-state students can combine a fellowship with the New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award. All fellowship recipients can also use external scholarships to help fund their education at the University of Arkansas.

Fellows are expected to live in Hotz Honors Hall and engage with the honors community during their first year at the university. We reserve two floors in Hotz, one floor for male fellows and another for female fellows.

Students who are offered a fellowship can request a waiver from the Dean of the Honors College if they wish to live in another residence hall.  Please note that as part of the waiver request process, students will be required to agree to certain stipulations.