Engineering Fellows is a selective merit-based program for engineering majors. Fellows are challenged to design, prototype and test potential solutions to the complex problems facing our world today.

Engineering Fellows Program Highlights

Starting in their first-year, Fellows collaborate with peers and faculty mentors to take on “Grand Challenges” developed by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and develop skills and competencies in:

  • Hands-on, mentored experiences designed to address Grand Challenges.
  • Engineering solutions that serve the needs of others.
  • Designing and implementing culturally-sensitive solutions.
  • Developing multidisciplinary engineering solutions.
  • Creating business and entrepreneurship experiences through experiential opportunities.

Year One

  • Take Elon 1010 with other engineering students.
  • Participate in the first-year Grand Challenges sequence, a two-semester course experience emphasizing professional practices, design processes and teamwork.
  • Attend campus innovation and design programs, such as Maker Takeover.
  • Attend SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum) presentations.

Year Two

  • Attend a welcome gathering and share first-year experiences.
  • Complete a team-based engineering design project to design devices or systems in service to community partners/clients and demonstrate business and entrepreneurship competencies.
  • Create a plan to deepen multicultural fluencies through Elon Core classes and/or participation in specific global study experiences.

Years Three and Four

  • Serve as peer-mentors enhancing the experience of first- and second-year engineering students.
  • Complete coursework in your chosen area of concentration.
  • Participate in a professional development workshop with Student Professional Development Center staff.
  • Complete planned experiences to deepen multicultural fluencies through Elon Core classes and/or participation in specific global study experiences.
  • Present outcomes of your engineering project at SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum) and attend a dinner with Engineering Scholars.


Each Engineering Fellow receives a $7,500 scholarship, renewable annually based on a separate application, academic performance and program participation. In addition, each student receives a one-time $1,000 global study grant for a university-approved study abroad or Study USA experience.

Ready to Apply?

The Fellows application is due January 15. Students may apply for up to two Fellows programs. Students with substantial and broad leadership experiences in their high school and/or communities are competitive candidates for Elon’s Fellows programs. Students should have a GPA of 3.8 or higher. Twenty-five Engineering Fellows will be selected in each first-year class.