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Amgen Scholars

Made possible through a 12-year, $50 million commitment from the Amgen Foundation, Amgen Scholars allows undergraduates from across the globe to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions. 17 leading institutions across the U.S., Europe and Japan currently host the summer program.

Undergraduate participants benefit from undertaking a research project under top faculty, being part of a cohort-based experience of seminars and networking events, and taking part in a symposium in their respective region (U.S., Europe or Japan) where they meet their peers, learn about biotechnology, and hear from leading scientists.

Amgen Scholars at a glance:

  • No previous research experience is necessary and you do not need to be a biology major to apply.
  • You do not need to currently attend one of the 17 host institutions to participate in the program. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 500 colleges and universities to date.
  • During the program, students work full-time on independent research projects under the guidance of a research scientist.
  • Amgen Scholars have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with faculty mentors and other research staff.
  • Amgen Scholars learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduate careers.
  • Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Please note that details vary by host institution. See each institution’s Amgen Scholars Program website for more information.

Academic research areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biopsychology
  • Biotechnology  
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Medical Pharmacology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Physiological Science
  • Statistics
  • Toxicology

Interested in becoming an Amgen Scholar?