Apply for the Spark Program

The Spark Program is an eight-week program that offers select students the opportunity to learn about competitive external fellowships and provides them with the tools to develop a competitive profile.

Interested students must apply online and go through a selection process.

About the Program

The Spark Program is held in the fall and spring for freshmen and sophomores. Presenters include UB’s current and past fellowship winners, as well as key faculty on campus.

Students must commit to participating in the entire series of workshops and will also meet individually with Elizabeth Colucci or Megan Stewart as part of the program. Students are encouraged to complete an application for a summer program or research opportunity.


Students must submit a short online application to be considered for the program. Selected students are typically intellectually curious and interested in focusing on their academic and professional development.

The fellowships and scholarships that are discussed do not cover the expenses of medical, dental or pharmacy school. Therefore, the Spark Program is not the best fit for students who plan on pursuing these career paths. Additionally, all of the competitive awards covered in the program are available to U.S. citizens only.

What to Expect

The program meets over the course of eight weeks for dinner and introduces students to opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Throughout the program participants are introduced to students who have applied for and won prestigious awards. It is designed to give students the opportunity to assess their strengths, envision their future and create a plan to become competitive for major fellowships and scholarships. Students will complete StrengthsQuest, learn about personal statement writing and participate in a creative problem solving workshop.