The Program

HPER researchThe Freshman Fellowship Program at Northern Michigan University provides academically talented students with an enriched educational experience. Some of the programmatic advantages include formal learning outcomes, while others are more personal, involving interactions with a faculty mentor, other freshman fellows, and advanced students and staff at the university. 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 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.  Fellows have been placed with mentors in a wide variety of academic fields, including biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, education, history, geography, nursing, psychology, and theatre. 

To learn more about what kinds of research happens at NMU, check out our faculty research interests directory. 

Have your NMU Identification Number (IN), high school GPA, ACT composite and SAT combined scores available prior to beginning. Your NMU Identification Number is mailed to you after you submit your application for admission. This number is required for your submission to be considered.

The last component of the application asks you to write a 300 word personal statement in which you explain why you want to be a Fellow, the area of research in which you would like to be involved, and what experiences and skills you could bring to assisting a faculty mentor. Use the faculty research interests directory to inform your essay. You may want to write this in a word processor first, then copy and paste your response into the provided text box. *Failure to answer all the questions will result in your application not being considered.*

To complete your application, please provide answers to the following questions. Applications are accepted until 5:00pm on Monday, February 25. If you experience technical difficulties with the application, please contact us via email at

Complete applications will be reviewed and applicants notified in early March.