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Guides & Opportunities

In an effort to support recent U-M alumni and applicants to programs that do not require U-M Nomination, ONSF created the following application and resource guides for various scholarships, fellowships, and programs popular among U-M students.

What types of opportunities are on this page? 

The opportunities explored below are considered "direct-apply" and do not require U-M nomination or endorsement. As such, ONSF does not offer targeted advising for these opportunities. 

Students interested in U-M nominated scholarships or fellowships should follow the application guidelines offered on their applicant Canvas site or module. Visit Getting Started to learn more about how to apply for nominated scholarships and fellowships. 

Who can access these guides?

These guides are available to U-M students, staff, and faculty. A Uniqname and password are required for access. 

Scholarship & Fellowship Application Guides

Prospective applicants are encouraged to do their own research regarding these opportunities. The following guides are meant as a supplementary resource for U-M applicants and should be used in tandem with the materials provided by the specific scholarship or fellowship foundation. 

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

ONSF Resource Guide for Prospective Applicants

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford aims to prepare a new generation of global leaders with a deep academic foundation and the skills to develop creative solutions and effect positive change in the world.

Before reading this guide, we recommend that prospective U-M applicants thoroughly review the application materials and guidelines on the KHS website paying particular attention to admission criteria, eligibility, and the extensive FAQs. 

Learn more here.

Opportunities & Reflection Guides

External opportunities, resources, and activities included in these guides are not sponsored or endorsed by the University. They are included because they may be of interest to those considering a gap year. Students are encouraged to do their own research to determine if an opportunity is aligned with their interests.  

Exploring & Planning a Gap Year

Thinking About Gap Years

While several of the scholarships and fellowships that ONSF administers could be thought of as options for “gap years,” there is a much broader range of options that fall outside the scope of ONSF. 

In this reflection and application guide, Dr. Henry Dyson, Director of ONSF,  shares some of the thoughts and ideas developed while working with students over the past several years. 


A Guide to Better Applications

Better Applications: A Presentation

Reflection Questions and Tips for Devising your Application Strategy

  • Telling Your Story
  • Analyzing the Position Description
  • Prototype Experiences and the “Judo Flip”

Tips for Your Delivery Mechanisms

  • The Division of Labor
  • The Purpose of Letters of Recommendation
  • Essays and other Elements
  • Interview Preparation 

How to Become a Research Scientist

How to Become a Research Scientist

In this reflection and opportunity guide, Dr. Henry Dyson, Director of ONSF,  shares some of the thoughts and ideas developed while working with students interested in pursuing career paths as research scientists.  

The advice offered here is distilled from working with hundreds of successful undergraduates on their path to graduate school.  Many of them entered and left the path at different stages. Peruse this guide for an overview of the different stages of prioritizing a research career. 


Impostor Feelings

Impostor Feelings

The concept of "impostor feelings" is explored in this reflection designed by Honors Academic Advisor Sydney Owada.

This guide offers an overview of impostor feelings and some coping mechanisms students can use.