STEM Scholarships and Fellowships

STEM Scholarships and Fellowships

Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Provides up to $7,500 for 1 or 2 years of undergraduate study in science, mathematics, and engineering. Intended for exceptional students (typical GPA = 3.7+) who have conducted undergraduate research and intend to pursue a Ph.D. in a STEM field. Eastern’s campus deadline for sophomores and juniors: early December. (This scholarship requires a campus endorsement. Contact the Fellowships Office for more information.)

DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Summer internship program for undergraduate students in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. RISE interns assist and receive mentoring from doctoral students at universities and top research institutions across Germany. (Working language is English.) Scholarship provides a stipend to help cover living expenses; partner institutions provide housing assistance. Deadline: late April.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
Provides a $36,000 stipend, tuition, and other assistance for up to 4 years for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Includes a 12-week practicum at one of 17 DOE national laboratories that includes access to DOE supercomputers. Deadline: mid-January. (Must take GREs by mid-November.)

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award
Provides tuition and a stipend for students pursuing a Ph.D. in applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences at specific universities. Deadline: Fall.

Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship
Provides a 5-year fellowship to graduating seniors committed to teaching science and mathematics in U.S. high schools. Fellows receive tuition assistance for teacher credentialing (if needed), summer stipends, grants for professional development and teaching materials, and professional support. Deadline: mid-October.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Three-year fellowship for students about to begin a doctoral program in one of 15 science/engineering disciplines. Fellowship includes tuition and a monthly stipend. NO service obligation. Deadline: mid-December.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
Provides academic scholarship and paid summer internship for up to two years to undergraduates interested in careers doing research, public policy, or education related to oceanic and atmospheric science. Deadline for sophomores: January.

National Physical Sciences Consortium Graduate Fellowships in Science, Math, and Engineering
Provides up to $20,000 annually for up to 6 years to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool (95% of fellows have been minority, female, or both). Fellows may also hold a research or teaching assistantship. Fellows receive one or two paid summer internships with a government agency and are assigned a mentor. Deadline for seniors: late November.

NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
Funding for Ph.D. and joint Ph.D./M.D. programs as Oxford or Cambridge for students interested in biomedical research careers. An accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for students who have already developed a sophisticated scientific background by having engaged in research as undergraduates. Deadline: early January.

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Offers scholarships and summer research internships to undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Students must demonstrate exceptional financial need. Recipients must commit to working in an NIH research laboratory for one year for each year of scholarship support received. Deadline for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors: early March.

NIH Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)
Provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Post-Bac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. No set deadline; apply 8 months before you wish to begin work. College seniors are encouraged to apply to the Post-Bac IRTA and the NIH Summer Internship Program simultaneously.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program (summer)
Provides support for undergraduates to engage in summer research programs at various U.S. and foreign institutions. At an REU site, a small group of undergraduates work on a pre-defined research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students receive a stipend and sometimes assistance with housing, meals, and travel. Deadline: varies by site, some by January or February.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
$30,000 per year for up to 3 years of research-based study leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. in STEM fields and social sciences. Professional (MPH), clinical (MSW), and joint professional/research degrees (M.D./Ph.D.) not eligible. Deadline (varies by discipline): late October/early November.

SMART Scholarship
Provides full scholarship to students pursuing STEM degrees and employment upon graduation. Must complete one year of paid service in a Department of Defense laboratory for each year of academic support received. Available for both undergraduate and graduate study. Deadline: mid-December.

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award
Provides a $5,000 or $10,000 scholarship for future scientists currently studying biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or other life science. For freshmen through graduate students. Deadline for fall: late July.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships
Provides $30,000 for STEM students who wish to pursue a master’s degree in teacher preparation at one of 28 participating universities in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, or Georgia. Recipients must agree to teach for three years in a high-need secondary school in one of the participating states. Deadline: mid March.

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