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Science and Technical Fellowships

Alpha Lambda Delta
Each year National Alpha Lambda Delta awards one $7,500 fellowship, seven $5,000 fellowships and fifteen $3,000 fellowships. These fellowships have been established to help qualified members obtain graduate or professional degrees. Candidates will be considered on the basis of merit.Any initiated member of Alpha Lambda Delta who has maintained the cumulative average of Alpha Lambda Delta initiation standard (i.e., 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent) until graduation is eligible to apply. Selection will be based on academic records, recommendations submitted, the applicant's stated purpose, and campus and community.

American Association of University Women
The AAUW offers funds for women degrees in a range of disciplines, including fields in which women are traditionally underrepresented.

Amelia Earhart Fellowships (Zonta International Foundation)
Women of any nationality with a superior academic record and a bachelor's degree in science or engineering. Fellowships carry a stipend of $6,000; approximately 35 are awarded annually. Deadline: mid November.

Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation
Female students enrolled in a behavioral, life, physical, or social science or engineering program leading to a Ph.D. degree. Graduate fellowships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded each year. Deadline: January

Central Europe Summer Research Institute
CESRI will provide awards for U.S. graduate students in the sciences and engineering with a high-quality international summer research experience in Austria, The Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland,, or Slovakia. The CESRI program will be 8 weeks in length, with the first week spend as a group in Budapest, Hungary in a specially designed cultural and academic orientation to the region. Participants will spend the remaining 7 weeks working in individually-arranged placements in university labs or other appropriate sites where they can participate in creative research activities under the supervision of European mentors. All applicants must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residence in the U.S., and be a current Master's or Ph.D. student at an American University in one of the following fields: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, or Physics. Deadline: February 6.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, and law students in the analysis that informs the creation of science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions of science, technology, and government.

Department of Energy, Computational Science Fellowship Program
The program provides support for graduate students pursuing work in mathematics, computer science, and science/engineering fields.

Exploration Fund of the Explorers Club
$1,200 grants in support of exploration and field research. Funds given primarily to graduate students.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, and to foster excellence in those fields. Up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships are awarded each year, for up to $7,500.Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their nomination materials a statement of interest in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. Most Goldwater Scholars plan to pursue Ph.D.'s in their chosen field. Students who intend to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice. A strong candidate will have had the opportunity to participate in research, either at their own institution, in local industry, or in a national research facility. Students who have not participated in formal research can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of a theory or issue related to their fields of interest. Abilities and potential are also shown through meeting significant responsibilities, involvement in science-related organizations, and accomplishments outside the classroom.

John and Fannie Hertz Foundation
The Hertz Foundation's Graduate Fellowships are merit-based, and consist of a cost-of-education allowance (paid to the school attended by the Fellow) and an additional personal stipend. The Fellowship is renewable annually (upon satisfactory progress toward receipt of the Ph.D. degree) for a total of no more than five years. Successful applicants will show " evidence of exceptional creativity, broad understanding of physical principles, and outstanding potential for innovative research." Applicants must be students of the applied physical sciences, including applied physics, applied chemistry, applied mathematics, applied modern biology and all areas of engineering, "which apply results from the basic physical sciences to generate solutions to problems of comparatively near-term, widespread human interest."; citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America; and must 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, and graduate students already enrolled in Ph.D. programs, may apply. The Foundation does not support study for the M.D. degree, although it will support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program. Application deadline is usually early November.

Howard Hughes Fellowships
For students beginning graduate study toward Ph.D. or CD in biological sciences. 80 predoctoral fellowships, providing 3 years of study. Open to US citizens and foreign nationals. Annual stipend $21,000, and a $16,000 annual cost-of-education allowance, for 3 years with extension possible for 2 additional years, at US or foreign university. No citizenship requirements, but foreign nationals must study in the US. National deadline is usually early November.

L'Oreal USA
L'Oreal USA For Women In Science program grants 15 international fellowships to promising young women scientists at doctoral or post-doctoral levels. The company also provides postdoctoral fellowships to women pursuing postdoctoral work in immunology, chemistry, earth science, epidemiology, and medical field research.

Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, is a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research. Each year, 70-80 undergraduate students from around the United States come to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to work beside both young and established scientists on a broad range of biomedical research questions. Up to ten fellowships also are available at Mayo's campuses in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Jacksonville, Fla. The program begins at the end of May and ends in early August.

Microsoft Scholarships
Four types of scholarships for undergraduate students interested in computer science and related technical disciplines. One year award for students attending institutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. All recipients of a scholarship will be required to complete a salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Deadline: mid January.

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund was founded in 1975 to help Hispanic-American college students complete their education. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis for community college, four-year college, and graduate students of Hispanic heritage. Awards generally range from $1000 to $3,000. To be eligible you must: be of Hispanic heritage (one parent must be fully Hispanic or both parents must be half Hispanic); be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident; have earned at least 15 undergraduate college credits in the U.S. or Puerto Rico with a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale; attend an accredited U.S. college full-time.

National Physical Science Consortium
The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) sponsors a six-year doctoral fellowship program in the physical sciences that targets underrepresented minorities and women. Eligible fields include astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematical sciences, physics, and material science. Total estimated value of the fellowships can be up to $200,000, depending on the university chosen by the fellow. Fellowships are tenable only at NPSC-signatory institutions, which include most leading research universities. Fellows receive tuition and fees from their universities, as well as stipends of $12,500 a year for the first four years, and $15,000 a year for the final two years, plus two summers of research employment with NPSC corporate sponsors. NPSC welcomes applications from all U.S. citizens, with continued emphasis toward the recruitment of underrepresented minorities: African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (Indian, Eskimo, Aleut), Pacific Islanders (Polynesian) and/or women. Evaluation will be based on such factors as academic record and concentration, research activities, honors, and awards.

The NCAA offers graduate scholarships to athletes with outstanding academic records and a significant record of community involvement. For more information and application materials visit the website.

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the U.S. and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 900 graduate fellowships each year, including awards for women in engineering and computer and information science. Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering that are supported by the NSF, and are intended for students in the early stages of graduate study. The approximate yearly worth of the scholarship is $27,000.

In considering applications, reviewers are asked to assess: intellectual merit, which includes intellectual and scientific ability; the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently; and the ability to communicate, and to plan and conduct research, the broader impact of the applicant's contributions to society, and commitment to diversity.

NSF, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program
The program trains graduate students pursuing Ph.Ds who are interested in exploring interdisciplinary questions in mathematics, science and engineering. They are especially interested in underrepresented groups including women and minorities.

NSF Minority

The National Science Foundation makes possible a number of opportunities for undergraduates to join research projects each summer. This allows students to experience first-hand how basic research is carried out, and to contribute consequentially. The principal support by NSF of such activities is through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.

REU "Sites" are established in all fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Each Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates, who work in the research programs of the host institution. Students are in general accepted from throughout the country. Each student is assigned to a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. In addition, seminars, lunch meetings, and social functions are organized to facilitate interaction between the undergraduates.

Students are granted stipends, and in some cases assistance with housing and travel. Students who are in those groups traditionally under-represented in science (women, members of under-represented minorities, and those with disabilities) are particularly urged to apply. Students with special personal needs or requirements, or who can attend a Site only under special conditions, are also encouraged to apply, and to discuss this with Site Directors in advance of the application dates.

Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships
For graduate study or research in any field except medical sciences or introductory language study. Deadlines vary.

Paul and Daisy Soros
The purpose of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life, and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.In addition to demonstrated capacity to undertake advanced academic work, a successful candidate will meet these criteria: creativity, originality, and initiative, demonstrated in any area of life; accomplishment, activity that requires drive and sustained effort; commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. 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.
Eligible applicants are those with green cards, naturalized citizens, or who have two parents who are naturalized citizens. Fellows may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (law, medicine, social work) or scholarly discipline, and in the fine and performing arts.

The Petrie New York City Teacher Fellowship Program
The Petrie Fellowship Program will support 20 of the nation's most outstanding and accomplished college graduates as they pursue master's degrees at Teachers College, Columbia University and prepare for careers as New York City K-12 teachers. Awards are based on academic accomplishments, financial need, demonstrated potential for leadership, and a commitment to service and a career as an urban teacher. The fellowships of $50,000 will cover the full cost of tuition and fees with any remainder applicable to living expenses. Fellows must commit to teaching in New York City's public schools for at least five years after graduation. Applications are due January 15 and are available at the website.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships
The program offers scholarships through the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for graduates interested in careers in foreign service, and carries with it the obligation of at least three year's service as a Foreign Service Officer after completion of graduate work. Tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees are paid for the first year and second year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. Graduate-level Fellows receive stipends during participation in one domestic summer internship between the first and second year of graduate school, and one summer overseas internship following the second year of graduate school.

The Roothbert Fund Scholarship Program
Approximately 20 ($2,000-$3,000) awards are offered to students in the U.S. in need of financial aid to further their education at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Smithsonian Fellowships
Unless noted otherwise, all Smithsonian fellowships (graduate, pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, senior) opportunities are open to non-US citizens. Deadlines vary.

Seaspace Scholarships
Supports marine-related courses of study for undergraduate students entering their junior or senior years and graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.3/4.0 and demonstrating financial need. Deadline: February.

Society of Women Engineers
Various awards for women pursuing baccalaureate or graduate degrees in engineering or computer science, as well as engineering and computer science students enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs. Deadlines vary.

United Negro College Fund/Merck
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Merck Company Foundation fund programs designed to increase the number of African Americans in the pipeline of biomedical science education and research. Undergraduate fellowships offer up to a maximum of $35,000, including a tuition scholarship of $25,000 and two summer research internship stipends totaling $10,000. Dissertation fellowships offer a stipend up to $42,000 and a department grant up to $10,000.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
The Institution offers two programs for undergraduates. Summer Student Fellowships support science or engineering students interested in oceanography or marine policy. Fellows pursue an independent research program at Woods Hole for 12 weeks in the summer and receive a stipend of $3,900. Undergraduates who have completed their junior or senior year of course work are eligible. Traineeships in Oceanography for Minority Group Undergraduates support minority students studying the physical or natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Applicants must have completed at least two semesters of college. The traineeship is for either a 10- or a 12-week period during the summer or for a semester. Both awards may include transportation to Woods Hole.