Enosinian Scholars Program

Established in 2000 by the University Honors Program and the Vice President for Academic Affairs to identify and support the very best research being conducted by undergraduates throughout the George Washington University (GW), the Enosinian Scholars Program seeks to prepare gifted undergraduates for advanced work in their fields and provides both financial backing and mentoring during the student's senior year.

Scholars undertake research in a variety of fields, and they come together in this program to share their work with faculty and peers.

Beginning in the fall semester of their senior year, participants meet regularly, as a group and individually, with the Enosinian advisor. They also submit to the Enosinian advisor work leading up to their theses, including a statement of purpose, an annotated bibliography, an outline, and a selected segment of thesis. With feedback during each phase, the student can confidently move forward toward completing the thesis in the course of the second semester. The Enosinian advisor also meets with each student's departmental thesis director and reader so that there is clear communication about the progress of the thesis.

At the end of the spring semester, all participants give an oral presentation and "defense" of their work. The examining board consists of the student's director, reader, and one reviewer from outside the GW community. If the thesis and the defense meet the standards of the Enosinian Program, the student becomes an Enosinian Scholar—a designation that appears on his or her transcript. Students who do not achieve GW Enosinian Scholar status but receive a passing grade from their advisors will get full credit toward graduation.


Students apply in the spring of their junior year to participate during their senior year. Students do not need to be in the Honors Program to apply.

The program seeks students who have a high grade point average within their discipline (typically 3.5 or higher), a clear idea for their senior thesis, and the strong support of a faculty member.


The application for the 2021-2022 Academic Year can be found on the Enosinian Scholars webpage.

Applicants are informed about acceptance approximately two weeks after the application deadline.


June 18, 2021


Class Year

  • Junior


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Research
  • Undergraduate


  • DC

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