Scholarships for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students

Barry Goldwater Scholarship (UNM Deadline in October)
For future American researchers & scientists who are majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. Up to $7,500 for the remaining year(s) of undergraduate study

  • Be a sophomore or junior at the time of application;
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national/resident alien;
  • Have a highly competitive grade point average;
  • Obtain institutional nomination.

BrainTrack Computer Science Scholarship (Deadline in early November)
The BrainTrack Computer Science Degree Scholarship is designed to help others considering computer science or information technology related careers by taking advantage of the experiences of entrants. Winners are selected based on the creativity, focus, overall thoughtfulness, accuracy, and practical value of responses to essay questions. The questions ask students about how they chose computer science or IT, their experiences as a student, and their suggestions for prospective students. BrainTrack publishes the most helpful responses for use by future students. The best entry for each competition is awarded $1000; the runner-up $500.

  • must be a US citizen, have permanent resident status, or have an appropriate student visa.
  • must be attending in the US universities/colleges which have accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education.
  • must be enrolled in associate, bachelor, master, or doctoral degree programs in computer science, information systems, or information technology.
  • must have completed at least one semester of credits in a computer science degree program and are currently pursuing a degree

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (Deadline in January) 
The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing.

  • Students must be planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D degree at a U.S. university.
  • Students in their first year of graduate study in the physical, engineering, computer, mathematical, or life sciences are eligible to apply for the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. Exceptional senior undergraduates who can meet all the requirements listed here may also apply.
  • Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.

DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (Deadline January) 
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as high energy density physics, nuclear science, or materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics. The DOE NNSA SSGF is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. university. The benefits include: $36,000 yearly stipend, payment of full tuition and required fees, annual program review, $1,000 yearly academic allowance, and 12-week research practicum.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (Deadline in January)
This fellowship will support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences. Award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution for three years.

  • be an undergraduate senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, environmental sciences, or computers sciences; or a first-year or second-year graduate student in a qualified research-focused Master’s or Ph.D. program at an accredited U.S. college or university at the time of applying;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of applying;
  • have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of applying.

Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Fellowship (Deadline in early January)
This Fellowship awards include $1,000/month for 9 months during the academic year; $5,000 for the 10-week summer internship.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen as of the application deadline.
  • If you have earned a bachelor’s degree as of the application deadline, you are ineligible.
  • You must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale, averaged over all U.S. institutions attended, including fall 2009 grades if enrolled during that term.
  • You must be majoring in a homeland security science, technology, engineering or mathematics (HS-STEM) field which is a STEM field with coursework and/or research relevant to a homeland security research area. See DHS Research Areas and a list of relevant fields of study.

GEM Fellowship Program (Deadline October) GEM's fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM's principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers programming on the importance of graduate school and tools for access and successful matriculation.  Additionally, GEM produces publications for graduate and undergraduate students, university and industry administrators to assist in the education process of how to obtain a graduate STEM education. GEM is devoted to increasing access and success in engineering and science graduate education and practice.GEM MS Engineering Fellows receive $4,000 living stipend per full-time semester up to 4 semesters ($8K per academic year - 3 quarters), up to two paid summer internships with a GEM Employer Member,  & full tuition and fees provided by a GEM University Member. Eligibility includes:

  • be a member of the underrepresented groups (American Indian/Native, African American, and Hispanic American)
  • must be a US citizen or US permanent resident at time of application
  • take the GRE to qualify for multiple GEM member university programs
  • must be a senior, or graduate of an accredited engineering or computer science program at the time of application
  • must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8/4.0
  • must contractually agree to intern for two summers with sponsoring GEM Employer

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship (Deadline in October)
The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship empowers outstanding young people pursuing a PhD degree in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences with the freedom to innovate and explore their genius in collaboration with leading professors in the field.

  • be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences
  • be US citizens or permanent residents
  • be willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency
  • College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund/Hormel Scholarship Program (Undergrad) (Deadline in December)
The HSF/Hormel Scholarship Program is a scholarship of $2,500 awarded for applicants interested in a career in the food industry. In addition, interested students can apply to be considered for a paid internship. Internships include either free housing or a housing stipend.

  • Be of Hispanic heritage
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired)
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a Junior at the time of application with an intended graduation date between December and August of the following year
  • Be majoring in: Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering/Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology (IT/MIS)

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (Undergrad) (Deadline in August)
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and the Verizon Foundation have partnered to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Latino students. This scholarship is open to sophomore, junior and senior students in selected majors. The award amount is $5,000. Selected students will be invited to join the Verizon Student Network and may have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship.

  • Be of Hispanic heritage
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or a legal permanent resident with permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired)
  • Be an undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a four-year U.S. accredited college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Must be majoring in one of the following: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Hospitality Administration, Human Resource Management, Management (includes Retail Management), Marketing, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology (IT/MIS) (includes Computer Electronics, Computer Programming, Network Administration), Electrical, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering
  • Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must submit a resume with application
  • Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (Deadline in January)
KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded based on four selection criteria: science or mathematics content knowledge, commitment to teaching, professional ability and leadership.

  • Majoring in science, mathematics or engineering
  • Be committed to teaching high school mathematics, physical sciences or biological sciences
  • plan to enroll in a recognized teacher education program that leads to a secondary science or mathematics teaching license

Leonard M. Rieser Fellowship in Science, Technology, and Global Security (Deadline March) 
The Rieser Fellowships provide up to two successful applicants with a one-time award of up to $4,000 to pursue projects that explore issues at the intersection of science, global security, and public policy, focusing on a significant aspect of nuclear security, climate stabilization or biotechnology. Any undergraduate student studying at a U.S. college or university is eligible to apply. The 2013 deadline is March 15. The Rieser Committee's decision will be announced online in the Spring, following notification of all applicants.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship program (Deadline January)
The Aeronautics Scholarship Program (ASP) offers our nation's research leaders of tomorrow exceptional. Twenty (20) undergraduate scholarships will be awarded annually to students with at least two (2) years of full time study left to complete their degree. Awardees will receive funding for up to two (2) years of study ($15,000 to be used for educational related expenses, & $10,000 Summer internship at a NASA Research Center).

  • You do not have to be accepted into a program at the time your application is submitted; however, should you be selected, the award is contingent upon your admission to a suitable aeronautical engineering academic program or related field of study at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • You must be studying an eligible field related to aeronautics: List of Supported Fields
  • You must have at least two (2) years of full time study left to complete at an accredited U.S. college or university as of Fall 2013. Desired applicants to the program will typically be students in their sophomore (second) year of study at the time of submitting an application. Current undergraduate juniors are not eligible for undergraduate funding unless they expect to complete their undergraduate degree in Spring 2015 or later, or are in a joint baccalaureate-Master's degree program with an expected completion date of Spring 2015 or later.
  • Students who have less than two (2) years left of full time study will not be eligible for the program.
  • The program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. The term "nationals" refers to native residents of a possession of the United States such as American Samoa. It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has applied for U.S. citizenship. Persons who hold permanent resident status or foreign students are not eligible. Proof of citizenship will be required upon formal offer.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (Deadline in December) 
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance.

  • You must be US citizens or nationals.
  • Your field of study must fit under one of the 15 supported disciplines.
  • be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies or have completed less than two full-time years of graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying.
  • You must intend to pursue a doctoral degree.
  • You have to be a full time student once you receive NDSEG award.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program (Deadline February)
The goal of the Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or environmental disciplines that support these sciences. 

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year program at an accredited minority serving institution (college or university within the United States or U.S. territories);
  • earn and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in all completed undergraduate courses each semester or quarter, as well as have and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in your major field of study. The grade point average requirement applies for every semester or quarter, cumulative, and in your major field of study prior to and at the time of application for a scholarship, for the period between application and award notification, and after award distribution; and,
  • have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, or geomatics that support NOAA's programs and mission.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholarship (Deadline January)
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university or university within the United States or U.S. territories;
  • earn and maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in all completed undergraduate courses each semester or quarter, as well as have and maintain a cumulative GPA in your major field of study. The grade point average requirement applies for every semester or quarter, cumulative, and in your major field of study prior to and at the time of application for a scholarship, for the period between application and award notification, and after award distribution; and
  • have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (Deadline November)
The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 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. Please contact Dr. Laura Crossey for more information.

  • be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident alien
  • be in a research-focused Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • be attending an accredited United States institution
  • have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent)

National Space Club Goddard Memorial Scholarship - The National Space Club awards a $10,000 scholarship each year, in memory of Dr. Robert H. Goddard, America's Rocket pioneer. The scholarship is awarded to a US citizen in at least the junior year of an accredited university, who, in the judgement of the award committee, shows the greatest interest and aptitude. 

SMART Scholarship (Deadline in early December)
The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research.

  • a U.S. citizen,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2011,
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD labs,
  • willing to accept post-graduate work with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by the SMART application) and,
  • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the STEM disciplines

Society of Women Engineers - SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico. Applicants complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.

 UNCF Merck Science Initiative Undergraduate Research Scholarship (Deadline
Each award provides up to $35,000, which includes up to $25,000 towards tuition, room and board, and billable fees. Each UNCF • Merck Undergraduate Fellow will be mentored by a Merck scientist and will receive two Summer Research Internships with stipends totaling at least $10,000, if eligible. One internship will take place during the summer following the junior year and the other following graduation. The two 10-12 week summer internships will take place at a Merck research facility in Rahway, NJ, West Point, PA or Boston, MA.

  • African American (Black)
  • Enrolled full-time in any four-year college or university in the United States
  • A junior who will be a B.S. or B.A. degree candidate in the 2010-2011 academic year
  • A life or physical sciences major (Applicants majoring in the physical sciences must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry by the end of the 2009-10 academic year). First professional (Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., etc.) and engineering degree majors are ineligible
  • A student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Committed to and eligible for two summer internships at a Merck research facility
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Whitaker International Program (Undergrad) (Deadline in March)
The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting.Be of Hispanic heritage

  •  Have U.S. citizenship OR be a permanent legal resident of the U.S.
  • Be in the field of biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field (Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine). 
  • Be no more than 3 years from the receipt of your most recent degree, or be currently enrolled.
  • Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship (DeadlineOctober) 
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in IndianaMichiganOhio, and New Jersey. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields.

  • have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math);
  • demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
  • have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
  • have attained, or expect to attain by June 30 of the year you apply, a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university;
  • a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is strongly preferred*