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U-M's Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships recruits and prepares students for national competitions. In practice, this often means advising students on application essays, helping identify  recommenders, and working extensively to translate their personal hopes and dreams into actionable achievements. 

Simply select the appropriate topic below to navigate to ONSF resources!

  • New visitors should begin with Getting Started.

  • Students in a current application cycle, or those interested in applying, can find useful information in the Students & Applicant section. 

  • Check out Guides & Opportunities for ONSF-created reflection and advising resources for direct-apply programs like the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford or how to to get started Thinking About Gap Years. 

Students and Applicant Resources

Included Topics: Intro to ONSF, Applications and Essays, Asking for Letters of Recommendation, Preparing for Interviews, Gap Years and other opportunities. 

Faculty, Staff, Recommender Resources

Included Topics: Preparing Students for National Scholarship Competitions, Refer a Student to ONSF, Writing Letters for National Scholarships, Identifying & Avoiding Bias.