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Portz Fellowship

Provides support for cross-disciplinary research projects for students in honors programs.


The National Collegiate Honors Council’s John and Edythe Portz Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship provides students in good standing in honors programs of NCHC member institutions support to conduct creative and innovative research that crosses boundaries. The fellowship program invites applications from individuals who wish to undertake cross-disciplinary research or from a team of two students from different disciplines who propose a single collaborative project.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected based upon their proposed plan of study or research.


Honors students in good standing from 2-year colleges or 4-year colleges and universities with current Institutional membership in NCHC may apply at any point in their undergraduate studies.  However, given the scope of the research expectation, applicants who are in their final senior term will not be considered.  In addition to two letters of recommendation from faculty members, an endorsement from the institutional representative named in the NCHC membership is required.


Amount of the award/stipend depends on the project details and proposal.


The project will be funded for a period of up to 18 months with the expectation that upon its completion, the Fellowship recipient will make a formal presentation of the research at the NCHC annual conference.

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Portz Fellowship