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Nationally competitive fellowships, scholarships and grants are selective awards that provide financial and professional support toward a variety of ends.

Such awards are available for research, graduate school, internships, international study, conference funding, or completion of your undergraduate education. They may be undertaken in the United States or abroad, and they may be for a summer, an academic year, or longer. Some fellowships support non-academic activities.

Research and reflection will help you to identify your interests and then to locate fellowships or scholarships designed to support them. Each funding source has its own style and purpose. The more concrete you are about the experience you want through, the easier your search will be.  A good place to begin is Things to Consider Before Applying for Fellowships.

Winning a major fellowship is a great honor that can open many other doors to new colleagues, institutions, and experiences. Whatever your personal and professional goals, fellowships are worth the time and effort required for their pursuit. Whether or not you receive an award, you will emerge from the fellowship application process with a stronger sense of who you are, and a clearer vision of what you want to do.

Please note, many nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships require that the applicant have at least a 3.3 GPA; be a United States citizen or permanent resident; and be actively involved in leadership activities. Should you have questions regarding eligibility criteria, please contact Rebekah Campo in the Office of Academic Advising



WPI Institutional Nominees for the 2019-20 Goldwater Scholarship Announced

WPI will be supporting five students in application to the Goldwater Scholarship this 2019-20 award cycle. The Goldwater Scholarship is "one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States," it "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." 

Our institutional nominees this year are Logan Gaudette '21, Allison Guthrie '21, Katherine Hudek '21, Julia Noel '21, and Patrick O'Mullan '22. Each nominee has a different research interest and is involved in varying areas across campus. 

Logan's research interests lie in the field of biomechanics, and more specifically in the field of injury prevention and rehabilitation. He would like to focus on the creation of devices that assist those recovering from major and possibly debilitating injuries. 

Allison is currently doing research on endothelial glycocalyx in the villi in human lungs. In the future, she hopes to do research on the development prosthetic organs. ​Katherine's  research interests lie at the intersection of her 2 majors in areas such as Quantum Computing and Photonic Semiconductors.

Julia's research is in the development and total synthesis of complex molecules within the context of drug development for cancer. Adding the real-life connotation of medicinal applications is important to her as a Chemistry and Society, Technology, and Policy double major. 

Patrick is interested in research in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology, and he currently is working in terahertz research. 

Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students for receiving nationally competitive awards: 

  • Matthew Adiletta '21 received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • Celeste Marsan '19, Carolyn Detora '18, Karim Elsayed '18, Seth McClenahan '18, and Shannon Moffat '18 received scholarships from Tau Beta Pi
  • Fifteen WPI students received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships last year
  • Faria Kader '20 and Claire Victor '21 received Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
  • Many current students or recent graduates recently received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and Honorable Mentions