Discovery Fellows

The Discovery Fellows Program is an exciting and intellectually stimulating way to learn about the process of conducting research. When you become a Discovery Fellow, you become part of a vibrant research community of leading-edge faculty, scholars, and researchers. Discovery Fellows work on projects in their academic discipline, meet other students and faculty who share similar interests, and use these experiences to help pave the way for future research projects. Fellows will gain insight into the professional world, enhance their knowledge base and critical thinking skills, and better prepare themselves for graduate school. Social gatherings with other fellows, professional development workshops, and an opportunity to present their research are highlights of the program.

Current first year students and entering freshmen with an ACT composite score of 32 or better are eligible for the Honors College Discovery Fellows Program.


Fellows are awarded a scholarship of $2,000 for the year. This award is dispersed in four equal installments during the year and only if the student maintains good standing in the program requirements. Selected students work on their research project approximately eight hours per week during the academic year.

Entering freshman who are eligible to apply for the Honors College and wish to apply for the Scholars & Fellows programs may do so as part of the Honors College Application. You can access the Honors College application through your application status page beginning August 15 after you apply for admission to Mizzou. The Scholars & Fellows application is due by January 1, 2021.  Please note that in order for your Scholars & Fellows application to be considered, you must have already been admitted into MU.

Current MU freshmen interested in the second year of the program can apply (or reapply if you are currently in the program) via the application link below. Applications for current students are now open and are due by February 20, 2021.



Participants are selected by the deans of their respective colleges or schools in the spring. Every fall we have twenty-three spots available for first year students and twenty-three spots for second year students.

For More Information

If you have any questions regarding the Discovery Fellows program or application, please contact our Scholars & Fellows Coordinator, Ava Drayton (, or contact the Honors College at 573-882-3893.