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STEM Scholarships & Fellowships

Goldwater Scholarship

Support for highly qualified STEM students who plan to pursue a PhD and research career in these fields.  The scholarship provides $7500 in support for the junior and/or senior year of undergraduate study.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Astronaut Scholarship

Promoting future U.S. scientists in all STEM fields for students planning research careers, the scholarship offers $10,000 and an invitation to network with other scholarship winners at an induction ceremony at the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Churchill Scholarship

Full funding for any graduate program at the University of Cambridge.  STEM students typically apply for either a 1-year taught master's or 1-year MPhil by research before returning to an American PhD program; or can apply for a full PhD at Cambridge (typically 3 years).

DoD SMART Scholarships for Undergraduates and Graduate Students

The Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes the need to support the education of America’s future scientists and engineers. The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program offers approximately 19 full-tuition scholarships (plus living stipends) annually to undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in STEM fields. Students are also provided opportunities to continue their research in DoD civil service roles following graduation. The Science, Mathematics, and Research For Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program goal is to produce the next generation of DoD science and technology (S&T) leaders. 

The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program STEM Disciplines: • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering • Biosciences • Chemical Engineering • Chemistry • Civil Engineering • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences • Computer and Computational
Sciences/Computer Engineering • Electrical Engineering • Geosciences • Industrial & Systems Engineering (technical tracks only) • Information Sciences • Materials Science and Engineering • Mathematics • Mechanical Engineering • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering • Nuclear Engineering • Oceanography • Operations Research (technical tracks) • Physics

Applicants must be US citizens and receive security clearance.  Scholarship recipients will be expected to pursue a summer research internship at an approved DoD facility.  Upon completion of their degree, recipients will be expected to accept employment at a DoD facility on a one-to-one basis (i.e. one year of employment for each year of scholarship support).

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Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The Hollings Scholarship provides support for approximately 125 full-time undergraduate students per year studying in NOAA mission fields (Earth and Environmental Sciences, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Engineering).  Scholarship recipients receive two years of academic support and a 10-week paid summer internship at a NOAA partner facility. Applicants must be US citizens and in sophomore or junior year.

The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award

The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award

This award was created to help provide educational opportunities for the future generation of scientists.

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) 

NIH offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science or health-related research.