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Freshman Fellowship Program

The Freshman Fellowship Program at Northern Michigan University provides academically talented students with an enriched educational experience. The program provides an opportunity to understand and practice scholarship, work with a university professor, interact with other students and enhance overall intellectual curiosity … all while earning a cash stipend.

What To Expect

The Freshman Fellowship Program consists of a monetary award of up to $1,000, paid per hour. Most fellows work 3-4 hours per week throughout the year with their faculty mentor. Fellows have been placed with mentors in a wide variety of academic fields, including biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, English, economics, education, history, geography, nursing, and psychology.

The Freshman Fellowship Program application is open now for 2020/21 academic year fellowships. The qualifications required to apply for a fellowship are a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 and a minimum score of 24 on the ACT or 1160 on the SAT. Once accepted, all fellows are matched with a mentor who shares the fellow’s academic interests. 

If you were once a student involved in our program, we would love to feature you in an upcoming Alumni Spotlight. Please email <a href="mailto:mereynol@nmu.edu?subject=Freshman%20Fellows%20Alumni%20Update">lhaukkal@nmu.edu</a> with the year you were in the program, details of your research project, and what is happening in your life today.<a href="https://www.facebook.com/NMUFreshmanFellows">

Student Research

Because of the Freshman Fellowship Program, students in every academic field are making strides in research in their first year of college. Research has included working in Northern's Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center on brain tumor research, developing resources for history teachers in Michigan, researching the benefits of Solar Water Disinfection in Honduras, writing code for research simulations, and more. To learn more about the research that students are doing, visit the student research page.

Freshman Fellowship Programmcnair@nmu.edu906-227-2590