LSAMP

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM

Scholarships, Fellowships, & Other Opportunities

LSAMP provides its students with various resources to find both undergraduate and graduate school funding opportunities such as fellowships, scholarships, and research programs to help pay for your education.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Internships & Research Programs

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The DOE provides a variety of nationwide opportunities for students including research participation, fellowships, scholarships, training, and internship programs for both graduate and undergraduate students.

    U.S. Department of Navy (DoN)

    The DoN provides a an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN. NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 475 college students (400 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students) each year. Participating students spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research at approximately 29 DoN laboratories.

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

    The NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. Groups of ten or so undergraduates work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. REU opportunities are usually available in summer terms. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

    Scholarships & Paid Internships

    Department of Defense (DoD)

    The (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Applications open in August and close in December. 

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

    The DHS Education Programs are intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. Eligible students must be studying in a homeland security related science, technology, engineering or mathematics (HS-STEM) field with an interest, major, or concentration directly related to one of the homeland security research areas. The DHS Education Programs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, Office of University Programs. Applications open in October.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    The EPA offers a variety of fellowship, scholarship, and post-doctoral opportunities for students on their website. Fellowships are available for both graduate and undergraduate students. Research fellowship funding opportunities are also available.

    National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

    NASA offers a variety of opportunities for students such as internships, fellowships, and scholarships available on their website.

    • 2016 NOAA Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship
    • 2016 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
    • 2016-17 NASA Earth & Science Fellowships
    • 2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
    • 2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
    • 2016 NASA Academy
    • NIFS OSSI Summer 2016 Opportunities
    • NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Students for Climate Research Initiative

    Xerox

    Xerox offers a variety of co-ops, internships, and scholarships for students in addition to careers for graduated students.

    Graduate Opportunities

    Fellowships

    Department of Defense (DoD)

    As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2015, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of fifteen disciplines.

    The (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Applications open in August and close in December. 

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

    The DOE provides a variety of nationwide opportunities for students including research participation, fellowships, scholarships, training, and internship programs for both graduate and undergraduate students.

    The DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship program (SCGF) has supported outstanding graduate students pursuing graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology (non-medical), chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational and computer sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science mission areas to encourage the development of the next generation of scientific and technical talent in the U.S.

    The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

    The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study that solve complex science and engineering problems critical to stewardship science.

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

    The DHS Education Programs are intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. Eligible students must be studying in a homeland security related science, technology, engineering or mathematics (HS-STEM) field with an interest, major, or concentration directly related to one of the homeland security research areas. The DHS Education Programs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, Office of University Programs. Applications open in October.

    U.S. Department of State (DoS)

    The Fullbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    The EPA offers a variety of fellowship, scholarship, and post-doctoral opportunities for students on their website. Fellowships are available for both graduate and undergraduate students. Research fellowship funding opportunities are also available.

    The Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship program supports master's and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. Benefits may include: Up to $37,000 per year of support, including $12,000 per year for tuition and fees, $20,000 per year in a monthly stipend, and an annual expense allowance of $5,000. Master's level students can receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students can be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years.

    The National GEM Consortium

    GEM is a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering. 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 fellowships without paid summer internships through our GEM University and Associate Fellowship programs.

    The Hertz Foundation Fellowships

    The Hertz Foundation offers fellowships to students studying in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences. Each October, using a rigorous merit based system, the Hertz Foundation selects roughly 150 excellent candidates of exceptional creativity from over 600 written applications received each year.

    Marshall Aid Commemortion Commission

    Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

    National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

    The Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Project, or JPFP, seeks to increase the number of graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented persons (women, minorities and persons with disabilities) in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. Up to 20 fellows are selected annually. Annual stipends for students pursuing master's degrees start at $18,000. Annual stipends for students pursuing doctoral degrees start at $24,000. With stipends, travel allowances and tuition offsets included, JPFP award packages currently start at $32,000 per year.

    The National Academies of Sciences | Engineering | Medicine

    The Fellowships Office (FO) of the National Academies administers predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private/foundation sponsors; these fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial and international workforce. Current opportunities are as follows:

    • Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
    • The NRC Resident Research Associateship Programs were established in 1954. The goal of this program is to provide advanced training for highly qualified graduate postdoctoral and visiting scientists, while enhancing the research conducted in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. A wide variety of research opportunities are available at top research laboratories across the U.S. and in select foreign locations. These awards are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and with some limitations, foreign nationals in all fields of science and engineering.
    • Recognizing that knowledge of state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering (STE) is essential to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy, the Secretary of State began the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program at the U.S. Department of State, in 2003. Tenured academic scientists and engineers from U.S. institutions of higher learning are eligible. Fellows spend one year at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow returns to his/her academic career, but remains available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.
    • The Optical Society of America Foundation inspires future optics innovators, supports career development for optics students, recent graduates, and young professionals and recognizes distinguished achievement in the field through the presentation of awards and honors. OSAF Fellowships are intended to provide career enhancing experiences to recent PhDs through postdoctoral research at an OSAF sponsoring company.

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

    The NSF mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and other researchers.

    • T​he NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. 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. ​The Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and strongly encourages women, under-represented minorities and people with disabilities to apply.​
    • The NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. An EAPSI award provides U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture, and language. 
    • The LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for, and matriculated into programs of graduate study. LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields.

    Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship Program

    The program of Fellowships honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans--permanent residents (green card holders) or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents (a child of new citizen(s))--each year. At the time of their selections, Fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support. Applicants should show a commitment to the values expressed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which includes activity in support of human rights and the rule of law, in opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and in advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.

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    Cal Poly LSAMP is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-0802628 and the CSU Chancellor's Office, and coordinated by the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education (CESAME) at Cal Poly, SLO. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.