To be eligible for an Honors Undergraduate Fellowship, you must:
- be enrolled in the Honors College at Ball State
- have attained sophomore standing (a minimum of 30 credit hours)
- have a grade point average of at least 3.33 (on a 4.0 scale)
- have completed two or more Honors courses
- be enrolled for at least 9 credit hours each semester during the term of the award (class enrollment is waived for summer fellowships)
Some fellowships have been awarded to students not in the Honors College, but Honors College students always have priority in proposals of equal merit or in the event of limited funds. Proposals to fund a non-Honors College student should include rationale specific to the project and the student.
All fellows are required to participate in at least one roundtable discussion of the fellowship during each semester you are funded. You will be notified of available times. If you know in advance that you cannot participate—because you will be abroad, for example, you should state this on your application.
All full-time Ball State faculty members are eligible mentors for the Honors Undergraduate Fellows program. Others may serve as mentors with the approval of the advisory committee.
Proposals for Honors Undergraduate Fellowships may be initiated by either students or faculty. Normally, a student and faculty mentor submit a proposal together. The proposals are reviewed by the Honors Undergraduate Fellows Program Advisory Committee, which includes the dean and associate dean of the Honors College, one representative of the Student Honors Council, and a representative of the Honors College Advisory Council. This committee determines the eligibility of proposals.
Each proposal is assessed on its own merits. The first criterion for eligibility is always the fellowship’s benefit for the student. The committee considers the following general questions:
- How will the proposed work experience enhance the student's academic preparation and/or vita? For example, is there a unique research situation involved, or will there be a coauthored article that evolves from the experience?
- What is the nature of the proposal? Is it one in which the fellow plays an active and worthwhile part?
- What is the end result of the proposal? Is it complete in itself, or is it part of ongoing research?
- Does the proposal warrant the proportion of the fellow's required time? Can it be completed in the time allotted?
- Are the duties and expectations of the fellow clearly stated?
If the faculty member does not request a specific student as the fellow for the proposal, the dean of the Honors College may attempt to match an appropriate student with the accepted proposal. If no student can be found, the fellowship will not be funded.