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About Portz Fellowship

The National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Fellowship Committee is now accepting applications from undergraduate honors students for Portz Fellowships.  The Portz Fellowships support original and extended interdisciplinary projects for up to 18 months.

Applications for the 2016 Portz Fellowship are now closed. Please check back next January to apply for the 2017 Portz Fellowship.

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If you would like more information about the Portz Fellowship, please contact Dr. Patrice Berger at, or 402-472-5425.

About the Portz Fellowship
The Portz Fellowship program was launched in 2010 and is supported by the John and Edythe Portz Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship.  It is intended to support creative and innovative endeavors that cross boundaries, inviting application 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.  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.

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.  In addition to two letters of recommendation from faculty members, an endorsement from the institutional representative named in the NCHC membership is required.

Only ONE PROPOSAL a year from each member institution is permitted.

The fellowship is named for John and Edythe Portz and supported by their bequest to the National Collegiate Honors Council.  John Portz was one of the founders of the NCHC, he served as its President, Executive Secretary Treasurer, and Editor of its Newsletter.  He was an outstanding faculty member at the University of Maryland College Park and the institution’s first Honors Program Director.   Particularly original in conceiving innovative curricula, he was profoundly devoted to students, and a gifted shaper of community interaction.  In partnership with his wife Edythe, he left a generous estate to be divided between his University and the NCHC to be used as financial support for student enterprises.  The nationally competitive research grant we are announcing, the Portz Fellowship, joins many awards and scholarships that bear the Portz name at his University, in grants for honors students throughout his state, and the Portz Scholarship that the NCHC currently awards.  

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