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Amgen Summer Scholarship

Description: The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation's leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the U.S. host the summer research program. As Amgen Scholars, students will have the opportunity to: take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science; interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the nation's top academic scientists; and attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events. A signature component of the summer program is a mid-summer, three-day symposium where students hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia. The U.S. symposium is held in California and provides students with a valuable opportunity to network with other Amgen Scholars from across the U.S.

Eligibility: Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be: U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents; undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies). U.S. program applicants must also have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above and an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.
 Each host university has its own application process. For information and links, see
ONCA Deadline:
January 15

BHW Women in STEM Scholarship

Description: Awards of $3,000 for women who are pursuing undergraduate or master's degrees in science, technology, engineering or math. Recipients must be admitted or enrolled in a an accredited four-year college or university based in the U.S.
Eligibility: Women majoring in a STEM subject at U.S.-based colleges and universities.
ONCA Deadline: Apr. 15

Goldwater Scholarship

Description: The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation fosters, encourages, and rewards math, science, and engineering majors of outstanding potential with support for the completion of their undergraduate studies. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.

Eligibility: Full-time sophomore or junior; B average and upper fourth of class; U.S. citizen, permanent resident who intends to gain citizenship, or U.S. national. The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, in the spring for use during the next academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students - those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the awarded academic year - who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class.  To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials available to each institution on the Foundation's website.
Includes a statement of purpose and an essay that describes a significant issue or problem and outlines a research project addressing that problem; For more information, see their homepage at
ONCA Deadline:
January 15

Hertz Foundation Fellowships

Description: The Hertz Foundation's Graduate Fellowship award, which is based on merit, not need, consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend to graduate students of applied physical sciences. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the tenable schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among tenable schools. The personal stipend, paid over the nine-month academic year, is $28,000 for the academic year, renewable for up to 5 years, or $33,000 for the academic year, renewable for up to two years (upon a showing of satisfactory progress toward receipt of the Ph.D. degree). Fellows must attend one of the Foundation's tenable schools.

Eligibility: Undergraduate seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents apply concurrently to one of the Foundation's tenable schools and to the Hertz Foundation. Applicants must be "willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency."
ONCA Deadline: October 15

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships

Description: Knowles Science Teaching Fellows are young men and women who have received a bachelor's or advanced degree in science, engineering or mathematics and are committed to teaching high school science and/or mathematics in U.S. schools. The fellowship supports them professionally and financially for up to five years through a teacher preparation program to eligibility for tenure. During the initial academic year of the fellowship, fellows typically participate in a recognized teacher credentialing program. After receiving a teaching credential and beginning a career in teaching, fellows continue to receive training and support.

Eligibility: Applicants should have received their most recent content (i.e., science, mathematics or engineering) degree within the past five years. An applicant might also be in the final year of an undergraduate, master's, combined BS with MAT or MEd program or near the completion of a doctoral program. Applicants who will be in their first year of teaching in academic year of the application are also eligible. Applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll in a recognized teacher education program that leads to a secondary science or mathematics teaching license. At the time of application, applicants do not need to be admitted into a teacher education program. However, successful applicants must be admitted into such a program before the fellowships are awarded in June.
ONCA Deadline: December 15

NIH Graduate Partnerships Program

Description: The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) links the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to national and international universities in the training of graduate students. You get the best of both worlds – the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the NIH. A different kind of graduate experience emerges, one which focuses on training the next generation of scientific leaders by accelerating communication and collaboration skills. Over 450 graduate students, representing more than 100 universities world-wide, work and study at the NIH. The GPP helps prepare NIH graduate students to become innovative and creative leaders in the scientific research community. We provide programs, services, individual assistance, and resources to enhance academic, professional and career development.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen or national; must have received baccalaureate degree by time of award and must be accepted for study at a partner institution (concurrent application).
Application Information:
ONCA Deadline: December 1 (see also partner institution and other deadlines)

NIH National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows

Description: A number of different fellowship award mechanisms are available to individuals at various stages of their education and scientific career who desire further research training and career development in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. In addition, opportunities are available to institutions that wish to offer research traineeships to predoctoral and/or postdoctoral individuals. The predoctoral training support is awarded to doctoral candidates that have successfully completed their comprehensive examinations or the equivalent by the time of award and will be performing dissertation research and training.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen or national; must have received baccalaureate degree by time of award and must be enrolled in a program leading to a research doctorate or a combined clinical and research degree.
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Approximate Deadline: July and November

NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Awards for Minority Students

Description: This program encourages students from underrepresented minority groups to seek graduate degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to help increase the number of well-trained minority scientists. The fellowship provides up to 5 years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or other combined degrees in the biomedical or behavioral sciences or health services research.

Eligibility: Must be U.S. citizen or national from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, and currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or other equivalent research degree; combined M.D./Ph.D.; or other combined professional degree and research doctoral degree program. Requires sponsorship of a research mentor in one's graduate program.
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ONCA Deadlines:
Rolling:  December 1, April 1, August 1

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Description: The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to exceptional students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to biomedical, behavioral, and social science research careers at the NIH. Awards offered are up to $20,000 per academic year.

Eligibility: Must have GPA of 3.5 or be within top 5% of class, be from disadvantaged background, be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time student at undergraduate institution, and be U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national.
Application Information: 
ONCA Deadline: February 15

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

Description: NPSC offers a unique graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It is open to all U.S. Citizens, but with emphasis on recruitment of applications from historically underrepresented minorities and women. An NPSC Fellowship covers the first two or three years of graduate school, depending on the employer who sponsors the fellowship, with the possibility of continuation for several more years providing all the conditions of the fellowship continue to be met. The maximum duration is six years, in which case the overall value (stipend, tuition, fees, summer salary for two summers) of an NPSC fellowship typically well exceeds $200,000.

Eligibility: NPSC welcomes applications from any qualified U.S. citizen who has the ability to pursue graduate work at an NPSC member institution. NPSC attempts to recruit a broad pool of applicants with special emphasis on underrepresented minorities and women. Applicants should be in one of the following categories: Be in your senior year with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA; Be in your first year of a graduate program; Be in a terminal master's program (your university offers no Ph.D. in your discipline); Be returning from the workforce with no more than a master's degree.
Application Information:
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ONCA Deadline: October 15 (accepting applications beginning Aug. 25)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Description: The purpose of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees, including engineering and computer and information science. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. So that the nation can build fully upon the strength and creativity of a diverse society, the Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in this program. The National Science Foundation awards 1000 three-year graduate fellowships for study and research in the sciences, mathematics, physics, biology, social sciences, engineering, and the history and philosophy of science.

Eligibility: Must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; college seniors, first-year graduate students.
ONCA Deadline: October 15

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Description: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; (3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and (4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. 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 Hollings 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.

Eligibility: U.S. citizenship. Full-time status as a college sophomore at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories. Cumulative and semester/quarter GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in the major field of study. Majoring in a discipline area related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or education, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA's programs and mission, e.g., biological, social and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.
ONCA Deadline: January 15


Pathways to Science Program Search

Pathways to Science helps students find STEM opportunities such as summer research programs, graduate fellowships, and additional resources about recruitment and mentoring for underrepresented groups in STEM fields:

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Description: Each year, the makers of Tylenol award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare.  Up to 20 scholarships ranging from $500-$2500 will be awarded annually and are not renewable.  Ten - $10,000 scholarships will be awarded annually and are not renewable.  Thirty - $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually and are not renewable. The scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load. Institutions must be accredited, nonprofit two or four-year colleges/universities in the United States. A student may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship: Be a resident of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia; if the applicant is an undergraduate student: must have completed at least one year of undergraduate course study by the Spring of 2015 at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational – technical school, and be able to provide proof of enrollment to a public health/health education, med school, nursing and/or pharmacy degree program; if the applicant is a graduate student: must be able to provide proof of enrollment to a graduate program in public health/health education, med school, nursing and/or pharmacy degree program; must have one or more years of school remaining; employees of McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., ISTS, Inc., their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and the families of each are not eligible.
ONCA Deadline:
May 1


The Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Description: The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall's 30 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Foundation will award approximately 80 scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Morris K. Udall Scholars. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students: (1) Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields; (2) Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Each scholar receives up to $5,000, or the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, whichever is less, for their junior or senior year of undergraduate study. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year.

Eligibility: Sophomore or junior standing, B average and upper fourth of class, U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate a total of six students from either or both categories, although it is recommended that the total be equally divided between them. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials provided to each institution. Scholars selected during their sophomore year only may be renominated during the next year's competition. Junior nominees may not be renominated. Freshmen are not eligible.
ONCA Deadline: February 15




















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