Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Opportunities for Undergraduate Funding

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship***

  • Covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually
  • Sophomore and junior level college students are eligible to apply for 1-2 years of support
  • Applicants must have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering
  • Usual deadline: late January
  • Available to: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S. nationals who are sophomores or juniors pursuing a career in math, the natural sciences, or engineering
  • More information at www.act.org/goldwater

***Requires Nomination by Elon University

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Provides undergraduates with up to $8000 for 1 to 2 years, along with a summer internship at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility
  • Applicants must be sophomores with a minimum 3.0 GPA and majoring in fields that support NOAA’s mission, including oceanic, environmental, biological or atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, geography, physics, or teacher education
  • Usual deadline: January
  • Available to: U.S. citizens
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National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Provides up to $20,000/year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses
  • Applicants must come from disadvantaged backgrounds and be committed to biomedical, behavioral, or social science health-related research
  • Recipients must complete a 10-week summer internship at the NIH for every year of scholarship support AND must work at the NIH full-time (1 year for every year of support)
  • Usual deadline: February 1
  • Available to: U.S. citizens and permanent residents with a 3.5 GPA or higher who demonstrate exceptional financial need as certified by Elon’s financial aid office (federal guidelines apply)
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Tylenol Scholarship

  • Provides $5,000 or $10,000 merit-based scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in health care (including medical school)
  • Usual deadline: late May
  • Available to: U.S. citizens who have completed at least one year of college and who are enrolled in a health care field
  • More information at www.facebook.com/TylenolScholarship

Opportunities for Graduate School Funding

Hertz Foundation

Pays for costs of education plus a generous personal stipend for graduate study in the applied physical sciences at about 36 select universities

  • Students must be pursuing a Ph.D. in an area of applied physical sciences (e.g. Applied Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Engineering)
  • Candidates must show evidence of exceptional intellect and creativity, problem-solving ability, technical training, potential for innovative research, and ethical values
  • Usual deadline: early November
  • Available to: citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. who are in or applying to graduate school in the applied sciences who are willing to commit their skills to the United States in time of national emergency
  • More information at www.hertzfndn.org

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

  • Provides exceptional financial support (tuition, fees, academic allowances, and a $36,000/year stipend) for up to 4 years, as well as a 12-week research practicum at a DOE laboratory, for graduating seniors or first-year graduate students pursuing a PhD in engineering, or the physical, computer, mathematical, or life sciences at an accredited U.S. university
  • Applicants are evaluated on GPA, GRE scores, research statements, chosen program of study, and references
  • Usual deadline:  January
  • Available to: U.S. citizens or resident aliens
  • More information at www.krellinst.org/csgf/

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation:  Science and Mathematics Teaching Fellows

  • Provides nearly $175,000 worth of assistance for those interested in teaching math and science at the high school level
  • Support includes tuition assistance while participating in a teacher credential program, monthly stipends, and grants for professional development and teaching materials
  • Usual deadline: January
  • Available to: future teachers with or without certification with strong content knowledge in science or math

Marshall Scholarship***

  • Pays for tuition and other expenses for selected American students to study at any university in the United Kingdom for one or two years
  • Covers any discipline; must have good reason to study at a select UK university
  • Applicants should demonstrate academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential (minimum 3.7 GPA)
  • Usual Deadline: early October
  • Available to: U.S. citizens who are completing a BA (or have completed a BA within the last 3 years)
  • More information at www.marshallscholarship.org

***Requires Nomination by Elon University

George J. Mitchell Scholarship***

  • Provides scholars between the ages of 18-30 with tuition, housing, and other expenses for in Ireland for one year (usually in a master’s degree program, any field)
  • Named in honor of Senator Mitchell’s contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland, the scholarship is intended to link future U.S. leaders with the island of Ireland
  • Candidates must persuasively exhibit superior academic achievement, leadership, community service, and strong preparation for the proposed field of study
  • Usual deadline: early October
  • Available to: U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 who hold a BA (or will hold a BA before the start of the scholarship)
  • More information at www.us-irelandalliance.org

***Requires Nomination by Elon University

National Defense Sciences and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

  • Provides 3-year fellowships to students who will pursue a PhD in an area of interest to the Department of Defense, including Biosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Computer/Computational Sciences (view the complete list online)
  • Fellowships include full tuition and fees (not to include room and board) as well as a stipend of approximately $30,000/year
  • Usual deadline: TBD for 2013
  • Available to: U.S. citizens and nationals
  • More information at ndseg.asee.org

NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

Provides funding and stipends for students to pursue a PhD in biomedical research in an accelerated combination program at the NIH and either Cambridge or Oxford

  • Students must demonstrate outstanding academic performance and previous laboratory experience
  • Students initiate their thesis research immediately and generally complete the PhD in 4 years
  • Limited MD/PhD training through a US medical school available for qualified candidates
  • Usual deadline: early January
  • Available to: U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • More information at oxcam.gpp.nih.gov

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

  • Provides 3-year scholarships (over $30,000 annually) for students seeking a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in Mathematics, Science, or Engineering
  • Applicants are judged on their academic record, research experiences, and plan for research
  • Many types of science allowed; special opportunities for women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science
  • Usual deadline: early November
  • Available to: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and nationals who have recently obtained a BA (or are graduating) and who plan to start a graduate program
  • More information at www.nsfgrfp.org

Rhodes Scholarship***

  • Pays for 2 years of graduate study at Oxford University
  • Applicants must have displayed extraordinary intellectual distinction, outstanding character, and the promise of service to the world
  • May be used for any appropriate program of study at Oxford (many majors, including STEM fields)
  • Usual deadline: early October
  • Available to: U.S. citizens over the age of 18 and not yet 24 who will hold a BA before the beginning of the scholarship
  • More information at www.rhodesscholar.org

***Requires Nomination by Elon University

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

  • Supports women pursuing ABET-accredited graduate degrees in engineering, technology, and computer science in the U.S. and Mexico
  • Scholarships range from $1000 to $10,000 each
  • Usual deadline: February (for freshmen) or May (for sophomores through graduate students)
  • Available to: Women pursuing engineering, technology or computing graduate degrees with a 3.5 GPA or above; some scholarships within this program may require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • More information at societyofwomenengineers.swe.org

Tylenol Scholarship

  • Provides $5,000 or $10,000 merit-based scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in health care (including medical school)
  • Usual deadline: late May
  • Available to:  U.S. citizens who have completed at least one year of college and who are enrolled in a health care field
  • More information at www.facebook.com/TylenolScholarship

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

  • Provides funding ($30,000) for a master’s degree at a partner school in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) teaching field
  • Recruits recent STEM graduates who wish to teach in their field, provides access to training that leads to certification/master’s degree, and places the new teachers in high-need secondary schools
  • Currently, teachers will be placed in Indiana, Michigan or Ohio, but students from all states are welcome to apply
  • Usual deadline: October (early decision) or January (final decision)
  • Available to: U.S. citizens and permanent residents who majored in or have a strong professional background in a STEM field; 3.0 GPA (or higher) preferred
  • More information at woodrow.org

Internship Opportunities

Amgen Scholars

  • Provides undergraduates with the opportunity to perform hands-on summer research at select U.S. universities
  • Financial support is provided and varies based on the host university
  • Usual deadline: February
  • Available to: U.S. citizens or permanent residents; the program is open to sophomores and juniors with a 3.2 GPA (or above) who are interested in pursuing a PhD or MD-PhD
  • More information at www.amgenscholars.com

AT&T Labs Fellowship Program

  • Provides 10-week summer research internships at AT&T Labs
  • Applicants are typically graduate students but advanced undergraduates will be considered
  • Students must be majoring in computer science, math, statistics, electrical engineering, operations research, systems engineering, industrial
  • Engineering or related fields
  • Usual deadline: mid-January
  • Available to: students with a social security number (citizenship not required) who are currently enrolled in or planning to enroll in a graduate school program leading to a PhD
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