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Ohio Fellows Program

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A non-traditional scholars program, Ohio Fellows is an individually tailored, interactive educational encounter that unlocks and advances the inherent potential in students. The Ohio Fellows Program fosters in-depth learning and engagement through close collaboration with faculty, peers, and alumni.  

The program offers:

  • An inclusive community of inquisitive students and faculty
  • Travel support for educational advancement
  • Unique access to faculty and an extensive alumni network
  • Academic dialogue and personal growth

First-year students with a determination for excellence and a desire to distinguish themselves are encouraged to apply. 

Student Perspectives

James Chrisman

For me, the Fellows boils down to having your ideas and your ambitions taken seriously and then having those ideas challenged and those ambitions facilitated. I started a literary journal this year, which would be nonexistent without the support of the Fellows, and this experience is now the crux of my internship applications. My Fellows mentor, Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath, also brought me along with her to a meeting with Tricycle Magazine, where I had the privilege of observing the professional version of my current passion projects.

Tristan Cormack

The Ohio Fellows program is remarkable because it provides an opportunity for a diverse group of students to comfortably discuss pertinent topics. It brings together students that work well with each other but otherwise wouldn't have an opportunity to meet as we are all in different majors and colleges. It has helped me broaden my horizons and feel much less anxious about deciding what path to take. The Fellows Program will bring you in contact with successful alumni, a lot of whom, like me, were unsure of what path they would take when they were in school. This has given me hope and makes things a little less stressful amid the overwhelming amount of choices and decisions that we face at this time in our lives.

Camille Rose Smith

The Ohio Fellows program has not only given me the resources and support I need to reach my goals, but they've also pushed me to bigger and better aspirations. We are given the opportunity to learn from experts in different fields, open our minds to others' beliefs and opinions, and explore our own interests through our mentors and peers. I will be the first to admit that I didn't know what I was getting into when I first applied for this program, but through the interview process, I was able to realize that the Ohio Fellows was definitely something I needed to be a part of. Little did I know, that this program would become a major asset to my life. The Faculty Fellows are always there to challenge my thinking, but also offer support and clarity. I look forward to the next two and a half years in the program.




Ohio Fellows alumni returned to Ohio University for a reunion in June 2018. They share their experiences and perspectives in this video produced by Ohio Fellows alumnus Brett Maszczak.

Ten Ohio Fellows students and two staff traveled from Athens, Ohio to Jackson Hole on May 1 for a week of outdoor exploration and leadership education at the Teton Science Schools. They spent the week exploring Grand Teton National Park and learning how to use systems thinking and an understanding of ecological systems to inform their leadership practices.


Video by Brett Maszczak (Ohio Fellows alumnus)
New York City Trip, December 2014



View photos from the June 2018 Ohio Fellows reunion at the University Libraries Flickr page.


Ohio Fellows is a non-traditional scholars program — an individually tailored, interactive educational encounter that unlocks and advances the inherent potential in students. The Ohio Fellows program fosters in-depth learning and engagement through close collaboration with faculty, peers, and alumni. Apply by March 6, 2021.

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Ohio Fellows Newsletters

Fall 2019
Spring 2019

OHIO Fellows News

September 18, 2019
National conference attendance affords opportunities for reflection and growth

In high school, I played around with the idea of becoming a lawyer. I could picture myself as a lawyer for the ACLU. In the courtroom, I would ferociously represent my client in the biggest civil rights lawsuit of the century. Or maybe, I would picture myself drinking the celebratory glass of champagne after making partner at a big law firm, having closed the huge deal with a nameless Fortune 500 company.

September 12, 2019
Recent Ohio Fellows alum reflects on his journey

I was a drummer before I was ever aware of it. The whole world was a percussive palette. If my fingers weren’t thumping to the beat of songs on the car radio, my hands would be tapping away on my own body to songs in my head.

September 12, 2019
Ohio Fellows value experiences gained at Teton Science School

The week after Ohio University students finished finals, a group of eight Ohio Fellows traveled to the Grand Teton Mountain Range in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to study leadership and ecology at the Teton Science School. Accompanied by members of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, we learned and experienced more than we could have ever imagined.