Fellowships in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)
Please note: many off-campus awards fall into more than one category. If you would like assistance identifying fellowship opportunities, please contact ONIF. For campus scholarship listings, login with your LMU ID here.
Deadlines are approximate.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes firsthand exchange of intellectual and creative influence between the United States and the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Amount: fellowships - up to $23,000; grants - up to $5,000
Location: Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden)
Eligibility: Must be United States citizen or permanent resident. Must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of the fellowship. Seniors, graduate students, and alumni.
Key Qualifications: Affiliation with institution and/or researcher in Scandinavia, together with a clear rationale for study there.
Internal Draft Deadline: 10/15/2016
Internal Final Deadline: 10/25/2016
External Deadline: 11/1/2016
Results Announced: 4/15/2017
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.
The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.
The characteristics the Foundation seeks in a Goldwater Scholar include:
- strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering,
- effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, and
- potential for a significant future contribution to research in his/her chosen field.
Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. A sophomore who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in each of his/her junior and senior years. A junior who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in his/her senior year.
Students who are nominated who do not receive a scholarship but who show particular promise will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. Students who receive an Honorable Mention do not receive financial support.
Eligibility and Qualifications
- Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior during the academic year in which they apply.
- Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering.
- Have a college grade-point average of at least a B (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
- Be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated by institutions in Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; or a permanent resident. A permanent resident nominated for the scholarship must include a letter stating his/her intent to become a U.S. citizen. A photocopy of the nominee’s Permanent Resident Card, also known as the Alien Registration Card or Green Card, must also be submitted.
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
Applications are submitted through the online application and reviewed by the Office of National and International Fellowships. Applications must include:
- Online questionnaire
- Research essay
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Institutional nomination
In awarding scholarships, the Foundation will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees.
Campus Info Session: Tuesday, October 15 at 5:30pm in VDA 190
Student Profile and Pre-Application Deadline: December 13, 2019
Campus Deadline: January 13, 2020
National Deadline: January 31, 2020
Results Announced: March 2020
Boren awards allow U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, but underrepresented in study abroad. In addition to the traditional study award, Boren also offers the following special initiative programs:
- African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)- Boren Scholarship applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) to study Akan/Twl, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof or Zulu.
- Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI)- Boren Scholarship applicants rom any U.S. college or university may apply for intensive language study of Indonesian and cultural immersion through domestic and overseas language programs.
- South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)- Boren Scholarship applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) to study Hindi or Urdu.
- Boren-Flagship Initiative- Special opportunities to Boren Scholarship applicants enrolled in The Language Flagship and planning to study overseas for their capstone year.
- Boren-ROTC Initiative- A special initiative for undergraduate ROTC cadets and midshipmen. ROTC participants are strong candidates for the Boren Scholarship, due to their commitment to national security and government service.
- Summer STEM Initiative- Funding for summer study abroad to undergraduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields (STEM).
Amount: Maximum scholarship awards are $8,000 for the summer (STEM only), $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000 for a full academic year.
Location: "Non-traditional" destinations (excludes certain countries)
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Open to all class years, though juniors and senior are not eligible for summer program. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
View the 2018 Boren Awards Webinar.
Campus Deadline: January 10, 2020
National Deadline: February 5, 2020
Results Announced: Mid/Late April
Deadline: Varies by campus
Purpose: to cultivate students as researchers and prepare them for the admission process to doctoral academic programs
Amount: stipend of $2,500, a limited travel allowance, and on-campus housing for the summer
Location: University of California Campus
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; CGPA of 3.0; junior-level student preferred; senior or graduate student can be accommodated; interest in pursuing doctoral study Link: http://www.ucop.edu/journey
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students with the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.
Amount: The CLS Program covers many of the costs of participating in its overseas institutes, including intensive overseas group based language courses, room and board, U.S. academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College, domestic and international airfare.
Location: The CLS Program offers instruction in fourteen critical languages (No Previous Study Required - Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu; One+ Year Previous Study Required - Arabic, Persian; Two+ Year Previous Study Required - Chinese, Japanese, Russian)
Eligibility: Open to U.S. citizens only. Must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program which results in a degree. Must be enrolled at your home college or university in the Fall Semester of the application year. Students taking a leave of absence to participate in an organized semester- or year-long study abroad program, or to participate in a substantive internship program, may still be considered eligible. Must be at least 18 years old. Must be able to submit a satisfactory Medical Information Form and Physician's statement and must inform the program of any changes in their health status between submission of these forms and departure in order to participate in the program. Undergraduate students must have completed at least one academic year of study. Must receive a visa in the country of study prior to program entry.
National Deadline: November 15, 2017
Results Announced: March
CLS Walk-In Hours:
ONIF will be holding WALK-IN HOURS for students interested in applying on the following dates/times:
- Monday, November 6 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
- Monday, November 13 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Students may walk-in with general questions OR bring drafts of their applications for review. Drop by University Hall 1879 or email with any questions.
Purpose: to fund study, research, and creative projects in Germany
Amount: monthly stipends 850-1075 euros, health insurance and travel.
Location: Throughout Germany.
Eligibility: current seniors, graduate student or alumni who completed their undergraduate degrees no more than six years ago.
Key Qualifications: Affiliation with program and possible mentors. For humanities and arts degrees and project, good command of German, for other fields, students without language expertise may qualify if language of instruction is English.
Purpose: to fund summer research for undergraduate with post-docs in Germany research institutions
Amount: monthly stipends, German language classes.
Location: Throughout Germany.
- be currently enrolled at a university/college in the United States, Canada, the UK or Ireland as a full-time student in the field of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences or engineering (or a closely related field)
- be an undergraduate who will have completed at least 2 years of a degree program by the time of the internship placement
- prove that you will maintain undergraduate status after the internship has taken place
German language skills are not required for most positions but would be helpful to manage everyday life outside of the laboratory. The working language will generally be English.
Key Qualifications: Careful review of current internship placements, application that highlights specific courses and research experience and how these relate to a potential placement.
Deadline: varies by program, usually beginning mid-November
Purpose: to fund non-EU students, in select graduate programs Amount: varies by program
Eligibility: US Citizens, international students may qualify in different categories within the Erasmus Mundus scholarship scheme.
Key Qualifications: Careful review of admissions requirements for the individual masters programs which can be funded through the Erasmus Mundus scheme for non-EU applicants. N.B. competition regulations may vary for LMU international students.
Preparing technical leaders for advanced careers in industry, academia, and government agencies by identifying and selecting highly qualified students to complete a program of STEM graduate study and industry internships.
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
Ph.D. Engineering/Science Fellows receive*:
- $16,000 stipend in the first academic year of the GEM Fellowship
- GEM Member University provides a living stipend up to the 5th year of PhD program, equivalent to other funded doctorate students in the department
- a minimum of one paid summer internship with a GEM Employer Member
- full tuition and fees at a GEM University Member
*The GEM Member University will provide a financial contract at the time the GEM Fellowship is confirmed per this recommended distribution of the GEM Employer contribution.
- Under-representation: Candidates are targeted for participation who are members of the following under-represented groups in science and engineering as defined by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- American Indian/Native
- African American/Black
- Hispanic American/Latino
- Citizenship: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at time of application.
National Deadline: November
Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities.
Amount: Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and a demonstrated passion for computer science - $10,000 for those studying in the US and $5,000 for those studying in Canada (based on tuition costs).
- A current undergraduate, graduate or PhD student enrolled at a university in the U.S. or Canada (freshmen/first years and international students studying in the U.S. or Canada are eligible to apply); and also
- Continuing current studies or intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a new program (e.g., graduating and pursuing an advanced degree) at a university in the U.S. or Canada
- Pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field (such as software engineering; or electrical engineering with a heavy computer science course load)
- Maintaining a strong academic performance
- A student with a visible or invisible disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term, or recurring, issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider to be a daily function); this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists. We know that 90% of disabilities on campus are invisible, and candidates with all disabilities are encouraged to apply
- Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a commitment to and passion for computer science and technology
- Previous Google Lime Scholars are unfortunately not able to be considered
National Deadline: November.
Purpose: to fund students majoring in environmental fields, normally science or social science who study at institutions with LMU’s research profile.
Amount: up to around $50,000 over two years, including funds for educational expenses, summer internship.
Location: Summer internships at EPA centers around the US, grant becomes part of LMU financial aid portfolio.
Eligibility: sophomore level US Citizens or permanent residents.
GPA Requirement: at least a “B” average
Key Qualifications: Interest in a career in environmental science or policy, careful review of the areas in the field that are under the purview of the EPA.
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. Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.
- Annual stipend: $24,000
- Expenses will be paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows
- Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen, national, holder of a Permanent Resident Card, or have deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Competitive applicants will demonstrate commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
National Deadline: December
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility during the summer.
Amount: Up to $9,500 per year, plus a 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 term and cumulative, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 in your major field of study. The grade point average requirement applies 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 Deadline: January
Results Announced: April
Knight-Hennessy Scholars will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford. This includes the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as all joint- and dual-degrees. In addition to pursuing your graduate studies, shape your own experience as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar through the King Global Leadership Program. As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar you will develop both the depth and range of subject expertise to confront the numerous grand challenges and opportunities of the future. You will be part of a unique community of change agents from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Citizens of all countries are welcome to apply. You are eligible to apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars if you apply during your final year of study for your first/bachelor's degree or within four years of earning your first/bachelor’s degree. You must also meet the admission requirements of your intended Stanford graduate or profession degree program.*
Recording of LMU's Campus Info Session: April 2018 & 2018 Knight Hennessy Scholars Program Webinar Slides
Intent to Apply Deadline: July 1
Optional Applicant Workshop: July 10
Campus Deadline: August 31
National Deadline: September 12
*Undocumented students should verify eligibility/admission requirements for the graduate program of interest at Stanford.
Authorized by the US Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris King Udall and his legacy of public service. The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards up to fifty scholarships of $7,000 and fifty honorable mentions to sophomores and juniors committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, and future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in Native American health care and tribal public policy. Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,000. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Scholars selected during their sophomore year may be re-nominated during their junior year.
Eligibility and Qualifications
- Applicants must be US citizens, US nationals, or resident aliens
- Applicants must be sophomores or juniors
- Applicants should have recommended minimum GPA of at least a "B" or the equivalent
- Applicants must intend to pursue a career in environmental public policy OR be a Native American or Alaska Native student interested in a career related to health care and tribal public policy
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
Students apply through the Office of National & International Fellowships. The application includes:
- An 11-question application;
- An 800-word essay on a speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals;
- Transcripts for all college coursework; and
- Three letters of recommendation that speak to your leadership, public service and academic achievements.
Additional documentation is required for applicants in tribal public policy and health care, and for U.S. permanent residents.
Scholars are selected based upon the following criteria:
- Demonstrated commitment to environmental or natural resource issues; OR demonstrated commitment to tribal public policy; OR demonstrated commitment to Native American health care. Commitment is demonstrated through substantial contributions to and participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, research, tribal involvement, community or public service.
- Course of study and proposed career likely to lead to position where nominee can make significant contributions to the shaping of either environmental, or tribal public policy, or Native American health care issues, whether through scientific advances, public or political service, or community action.
- Leadership, character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.
How to Apply
Step 2: Contact ONIF. Only ONIF can give you access to the online application.
Step 3: Review the sample application. The Udall Scholarship is a highly competitive award; start now so that you can prepare the best application possible. Work closely with your faculty rep as you revise your application.
Step 4: Request your letters of recommendation and transcripts. Visit our FAQs to learn more.
Step 5: Revise, revise, revise. Visit Advice and Guidance for additional information.
Review the PowerPoint slides from the 2019 LMU Udall Scholarship Info Session
Campus Info Session: November 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. in Von Der Ahe 241
Campus Deadline: February 11, 2019
National Deadline: March 7, 2019
Results Announced: April
Office of National & International Fellowships (ONIF)
NDSEG Fellowships are designed to encourage baccalaureate recipients to enter graduate school and ultimately gain doctorates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
- NDSEG Fellowships last for a period of up to four years (based on continued funding), and covers full tuition and mandatory fees. Fellows also receive a monthly stipend, and up to $1,500 a year in medical insurance.
- There is no DoD service requirement with this award.
- Open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States.
- Intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences (includes toxicology), Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences (includes terrain, water, and air), Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (includes undersea systems), Oceanography (includes ocean acoustics, remote sensing, and marine meteorology), or Physics (including optics).
- Applicants must either be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies, or have completed no more than two years of full-time years graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying.
- NDSEG Fellows must be enrolled full-time and must be pursuing graduate study at a U.S. institution.
National Deadline: December
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.
- Scholarship support
- Paid research training at the NIH during the summer
- Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation
- U.S.A. citizen or U.S.A. permanent resident
- Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America
- Undergraduate University Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top 5 percent of your class
- Having 'Exceptional Financial Need' as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office (Federal Register: 80 FR 3236) - see table (updated 8 December 2016).
National Deadline: March
Results Announced: Late July
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
Amount: Three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), 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.
Location: United States.
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents
- Early-career: undergrad & grad students
- Pursuing research-based MS or PhD
- Science and engineering
- Enrolled in accredited institution in US by Fall
- Review the PowerPoint from the September 12 NSF GRFP Info Session for more info
External Deadline: Late-October (exact date varies by program)
Results Announced: Late March
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.
- Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
- Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
- Summer research internships
- Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
- Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
- Employment placement at a DoD facility after graduation.
- a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom,
- 18 years of age or older as of August 1 of the award year,
- able to participate in summer internships at a DoD facility,
- willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
- a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award and,
- pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.
National Deadline: December
Support for internationals to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia. To apply, you must be from a participating country and/or region.
- travel allowance: $3,000 (provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances)
- establishment allowance: $2,000 (fellowships) or $4,000 (scholarships)
- monthly stipend: $3,000 (paid up to the maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis)
- health insurance for the full category duration (OSHC for international recipients)
- travel insurance (excluding during program for international recipients)
- Endeavour scholarship recipients will also receive tuition fees paid up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes student service and amenities fees.
Eligibility: Varies. Read FAQs for more info.
National Deadline: June