GVSU students and alumni have secured over $1,000,000 in (inter)nationally competitive award competitions, supporting a wide range of enriching experiences, including study abroad, graduate study, research, language study, teaching, service learning, internship, community and service opportunities.
The Office of Fellowships provides outreach to all students, alumni and campus partners on available awards. In cooperation with GVSU faculty and staff, we work with qualified students to identify awards best suited to their goals, and to navigate the application process in order to produce the most competitive proposals possible. We promote the core values of professional fellowship advising, including integrity, collaboration, respect and fairness (as identified by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors)-- and view the entire fellowship application process as an integral part of transformative liberal arts education.
Does the Office of Fellowships support all students?
Yes! We absolutely support all students, and even alumni, too! Our office is a part of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, but please do not be shy about visiting us if you are not an Honors student. We happily welcome all students and alums, at any level, with any major or area of study.
In fact, many awards are geared toward underrepresented students - so we highly encourage students of ALL backgrounds to explore opportunities within our office.
Note: If you are looking to fund an immediate financial need, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Would if I am unsure of my next steps in my degree plan or life after graduation?
No problem! We can support you on multiple paths. Thinking about changing majors or applying for jobs or graduate school? We'll help you navigate the process of exploring award opportunities within our office while also keeping your plans in mind.
Maybe taking a year after graduation to teach English abroad is your goal? Maybe you would like to learn a critical language over the summer or do research abroad? Maybe you would like to do all of these things, and still stay on track with other goals. No worries! We can explore all of your goals and create an action plan to help you achieve success.
When should I begin exploring awards?
Many scholarship or fellowship applications are due 6-18 months before your program begins. Therefore, we recommend planning ahead and contacting our office as soon as you are ready to begin discussing your options... the earlier, the better!