Vincent G. Moscardelli

Rowe 426A |

Vin Moscardelli became Director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) in the fall of 2016.  Vin is a political scientist (Ph.D. Emory University) whose research and teaching interests include the U.S. Congress, elections, and political leadership.  A former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, his most recently published research, supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, explores the politics of congressional primaries.

Prior to joining ONSF, Vin held faculty appointments at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Connecticut.  He has 25 years of experience in the classroom and on the “front lines” of enrichment programs and advising, having served as a departmental honors coordinator, departmental internship coordinator, and faculty advisor to student organizations.  While at UMass, he received national recognition for his work with political science honors students, being named “Best Chapter Advisor” by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Specializes in leadership and public service fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge, Truman, Udall, and others.  Students should schedule an appointment with Dr. Moscardelli via Email ( or Nexus, or just stop by his office, which is located in ROWE 426A.

Michael D. Cunningham

Assistant Director
Rowe 109 |

I became the Assistant Director of ONSF in the summer of 2023. My educational background is interdisciplinary; I studied mechanical engineering as an undergraduate at Lehigh University (BSME 1986) and then history as a doctoral student at UConn (PhD 2005). My graduate work focused on the history of science in Europe from the Scientific Revolution through the Darwinian Revolution.

Between my undergraduate and graduate studies, I served as a loss control engineer for The Travelers. Then, as a graduate student and adjunct professor, I taught History of Science and European history at UConn and several other colleges in Connecticut. I joined Enrichment Programs as an academic advisor for the Individualized Major program in 2013. When I am not helping students with applications I enjoy reading and playing chess.

I specialize in the Fulbright, Goldwater, Critical Language, and Boren scholarships, and provide support for the Gilman scholarship. Please make an appointment with me on Nexus if you would like to discuss an application to one of these programs.