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The fundamental purpose of the MU Fellowships Office is to identify high-ability and high-achieving students as early as possible in their college careers and to assist them in developing their potential as candidates for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships.  The Fellowships Office encourages students to combine scholarship and research with service and leadership in order to prepare them for meaningful experiences after they have completed their degree programs.  The office serves both undergraduate and graduate students.  

Our Services

  • Provide information on various fellowships available to MU students and alumni;
  • Conduct group- and course-based informational sessions;
  • Consult with individual students to identify appropriate options/funding opportunities;
  • Assist students in discovering means of enhancing their educational experiences and improving their chances of earning a competitive fellowship;
  • Provide personalized guidance on applications;
  • Offer tips on personal statements, résumés, essays, letters of recommendation, etc.

Message from the Director

While we are confident that the students we collaborate with will fare well in fellowship competitions, we emphasize even more heavily the importance of student development.  We know that those who engage fully in the application process will benefit from the introspection, from looking beyond their four years at Mizzou, from rigorous reviews of their writing, and even from a potentially nerve-racking interview.  These students will grow, and they will use what they have learned in applications and interviews for graduate studies and employment. 

At this point, though, you might be wondering, “What exactly is a fellowship?” 

The definition is slippery, in part because terms including fellowship, grant, and scholarship commonly overlap and are often interchangeable.  Indeed, some of the most well known fellowships are the Rhodes Trust Scholarship and the Truman Scholarship.  Basically, we use the word fellowship to mean a nationally competitive award, usually to fund study or research.  

Confused? 

You really needn’t worry about the term itself.  Simply accept that we work with students interested in competing with their peers from across the country for prestigious merit-based awards.  Some fellowships cover part of a student’s undergraduate costs (Goldwater and Udall Scholarships, for example), but most of the awards for which we offer assistance do cover full costs—including international travel—for post-baccalaureate study or research.  The Fellowships Office itself does not provide financial support; we help students and alumni seeking external funding, much of which comes from the federal government, although private sources sponsor some fellowships.

So if you are interested in finding out more about fellowships opportunities and how to prepare yourself, please contact us (fellowships@missouri.edu or 573-884-4661) to make an appointment.  We hope to see you soon.

Tim Parshall