Call to Students

General Information

Thanks to a generous donation by Ohio Wesleyan University alumni Jan W. Baran (’70) and his wife Kathryn Baran, the “Jan W. Baran and Kathryn K. Baran Endowed Fund for the Encouragement of Post Graduate Fellowships” is available for students (freshmen, sophomores, or juniors) who have plans to go onto graduate school and will apply for nationally competitive fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Fulbright.

Having benefited from strong mentorship at Ohio Wesleyan University, Jan W. Baran wanted to create a fund to help support and encourage students to engage in educational experiences that will better prepare them for education at the next level after they graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University. Such experiences can be, but are not limited to, a travel learning opportunity or individualized research or study connecting theory to practice that would add to the student’s Ohio Wesleyan education and strengthen a student’s candidacy for post-graduate fellowships.


  • Must be a freshman, sophomore, junior at the time of application. (Please note: Seniors can apply if the student is a senior by rank, but is not graduating, and will be returning to campus after receipt of the Baran Fellowship).
  • Must be an Honors student or student with an excellent academic record (usually GPA of 3.7 or higher) who has a high probability of success in a post-graduate fellowship competition.
  • Must make a good faith commitment to apply for post-graduate fellowships during the student’s senior year.
  • Because Natural Science students have similar opportunities through the Summer Science Research Program, the Baran Fellowship is only available to students outside the Natural Sciences. Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Science students are welcome to apply. (Please note: if you have an inter-disciplinary project that engages the Natural Sciences with Humanities, Social Sciences, and/or Fine Arts, such an application will be considered)

Deadline: March 22, 2019           

Application Process/Guidelines

Statement of Purpose

Write a 3-5 page essay of how you would use the Baran Fellowship, and how this fulfills the objectives of the Fellowship.

A successful statement of purpose will address the following questions:

  1. What are your graduate study plans?
  2. What postgraduate fellowships do you think you would apply for in your senior year?
  3. How will the experience you seek to fund through a Baran Fellowship make you a stronger candidate for a post-graduate fellowship?
  4. When you return to campus, how will you share your experience with the Honors program or OWU Community?

(separate page)

  1. Cost of program or educational experience.
  2. What other sources of funding are you applying for?
  3. How will you pay for the experience if the Baran Fellowship cannot support it 100%?

Letter of Reference

From one faculty member who can talk about your work as a student.


Please note your GPA (general) and GPA in your major if you have declared a major.

Please submit applications to Anne Sokolsky by email ( or a hardcopy can be submitted to 205 Sturges Hall.

Interviews of Candidates

After the Honors Committee has reviewed the essays and reference letters, we will interview short listed candidates.

Early April – Announcement Made of Winners


  • Students who receive the Baran Fellowship will be known as Baran Fellows. As such, students should give a presentation to faculty members and students in the Honors Program or OWU Community.
  • Students who received the Baran Fellowship should report to the Honors Fellowship Advisor about graduate applications and acceptance into graduate school.

Baran Fellows 

  • 2018
    • Austin Moore ’19 (Economics & Politics and Government)
      Independent research under the supervision of Dr. Eddie S. Glaude (Princeton University) on the psychological impact of slavery and the religious differences within the African American community today.
  • 2017
    • Yanira Stuart ’19 (East Asian Studies)
      Studying Korean at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
    • Johanna Adrian Burr ’19 (Spanish)
      Studying Spanish in OWU’s Salamanca Program and Independent research on the cultural exchange of Muslim culture from Morocco to Spain.
  • 2016
    • Julianne Zala ’17 (Comparative Literature)
      Arabic language study at the University of Texas, Austin, Summer 2016. Admitted to a Master’s Degree Program, Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • 2015
    • Memme Onwudiwe ’15 (International Studies and French)
      Summer Research Fellow at Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). Admitted to Harvard Law School
    • Macie Maisel ’16 (Spanish)
      Intern at the Museum of the Americas, Puerto Rico