Office of Scholar Development

Robert Morris University Office of Scholar Development is dedicated to helping our most ambitious undergraduate students achieve their intellectual and professional goals. We help students assess their strengths, explore opportunities, and complete applications for prestigious national and international awards. At the Office of Scholar Development, you’ll get help with writing a personal statement, planning a research proposal, requesting recommendations, and preparing for scholarship interviews.

Robert Morris University students have been nominated to become Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Knight-Hennessey, and Truman Scholars. RMU students have also received German Academic Exchange Internships and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

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What is a fellowship?

Fellowships, also sometimes called scholarships or grants, are awards to support independent study, research, and degrees in various disciplines.  A fellowship can range from two-week study programs to five-year graduate programs in the U.S. and abroad. The awards are funded by various global organizations in support of a mission.

What are my chances of winning a fellowship/scholarship?

Prestigious scholarships and fellowships are highly competitive, and attract the most accomplished students.  For example, the success rate for the Rhodes Scholarship is about 3%. Scholarship websites are your first resource for eligibility and selection criteria.  Before starting an application, study the scholarship website and meet with the Office of Scholar Development to determine if you might be a good candidate. 

While winning a prestigious fellowship is a life-changing event, completing the application for a prestigious award is a rewarding experience regardless of the outcome. Many students who apply for fellowships find success in gaining admission to graduate schools around the world.

How do I find the right fellowship/scholarship?

The journey from identifying to applying for a fellowship or scholarship can be long and challenging.  The following pages will take you through the process and help you derive the most benefit from your efforts. 

Begin with an assessment of your goals and interests.  First look at the resources in Student Resources.  Explore how a fellowship or research award may fit into your plans for the future.