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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.


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. In the past, 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.



  • First Year Student
  • High School GPA of at least a 3.7 OR
  • High School GPA of 3.5-3.69 AND a test score of at least 24 (ACT)/1160 (SAT)

The Freshman Fellowship Program application is currently closed for 2021/22 academic year.



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 Programfrineck@nmu.edu906-227-2590