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If you have a strong academic record and a deep interest in a particular area of study or career path, you may be eligible to apply for one or more nationally competitive fellowships. In addition to high academic achievement, applicants for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships should be prepared to showcase the many other aspects that make them a great candidate for a competitive scholarship or fellowship. Substantial experience with research or creative projects, evidence of strong leadership in and out of the classroom, involvement in public service opportunities, and strong, detailed letters of recommendation are all essential components to building a strong application for a prestigious award.

Many national fellowships require official endorsement from WPI, which entails an on-campus selection process.  For more information, please contact the Office of Academic Advising for referral to the appropriate resources and nomination procedures.

Undergraduate Nationally Competitive Scholarships

  • SMART Scholarship Program
    Description:

    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 full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, annual stipends, an experienced DoD mentor at one of the Sponsoring Facilities, and full time employment with the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

    The SMART Program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the Department of Defense (DoD) that will contribute innovative advancements in technology that support and protect the nation. The program seeks to identify individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research that will further the DoD's mission. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian employee. SMART is a one-for-one commitment; for every year of degree funding, the scholar commits to working for a year with the DoD as a civilian employee.  Scholars will also participate in summer internships with their sponsoring facility each summer following each year of funding. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a field of study that falls into one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed in the eligibility requirements found on the SMART Scholarship website. Applicants must also be requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation. Upon selection, students must sign a DoD civilian service agreement. See the program website link in the sidebar for more information.

     

    Field(s) of Study: STEM
    Application Deadline: December
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  • Goldwater Scholarship
    Description:

    Must express interest in applying and meet with the WPI Goldwater Campus Representative, Lakeya Almeida, no later than October 31, 2022. Institutional nomination required. 

    The Barry Goldwater Scholarship provides scholarship support to outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. The Goldwater Foundation seeks scholars who demonstrate a strong commitment and passion for doing research and who exhibit the creative spark that will make them leaders in their fields. Involvement in research as an undergraduate is highly desirable. 

    The Goldwater Foundation accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To be considered as a nominee for the Goldwater Scholarship, interested students must first complete the Student Profile and Goldwater Scholarship Pre-Application and meet with Lakeya Almeida no later than October 31, 2022. The Student Profile and Pre-Application consists of a short Student Profile (Name, email address, telephone number, etc.) and Pre-application (Year in school, major, GPA, brief career interest statement, highest degree anticipated, and potential recommendation letter writers). This will help the Campus Goldwater Representative make an initial determination of the strength of your application. Once the Student Profile and Pre-Application is approved, you would get access to the full Goldwater Scholarship application. 

    Goldwater applicants must complete and submit the Goldwater application (including the research essay, short essay responses, unofficial transcript(s), letters of recommendation) by WPI's December 19, 2022 internal deadline to be considered for nomination. Nominated students will be notified and will receive further instructions.

     

    Field(s) of Study: STEM
    Application Deadline: January
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  • Truman Scholarship
    Description:

    Must express interest in applying and meet with the WPI Truman Advisor, Lakeya Almeida, no later than October 31, 2022. Institutional nomination required.

    The Harry S. Truman Scholarship was established to celebrate and prepare the nation's next generation of public service leaders. The Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships of up to $30,000 to support a public service-related graduate degree for college juniors who plan to pursue careers in government or other sectors of public service. Truman Scholars also participate in leadership development activities, internships, mentoring opportunities, and have preferential hiring with the federal government.

    The Truman Foundation seeks candidates who are likely to make a difference in public service and who have an extensive record of public and community service. Truman scholarship candidates should also demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, a deep commitment to a career in public service as defined by the Foundation, and have a record of academic achievement to succeed in the graduate program of their choice. 

    The Truman Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To be considered as a nominee for the Truman Scholarship, interested students must meet with Lakeya Almeida no later than October 31, 2022 to discuss candidacy potential and gain access to the application.

    Truman applicants must complete and submit the Truman application (including the policy proposal, short essay responses, unofficial transcript(s), letters of recommendation) by WPI's December 19, 2022 internal deadline to be considered for nomination. Nominated students will be notified and will receive further instructions.

     

    Field(s) of Study: Humanities , Field(s) of Study: STEM , Field(s) of Study: Art and Architecture , Field(s) of Study: Social Sciences , Field(s) of Study: Medicine , Field(s) of Study: Law and Diplomacy , Field(s) of Study: Education
    Application Deadline: February
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  • Udall Scholarship
    Description:

    Must express interest in applying and meet with the WPI Udall Faculty Representative, Lakeya Almeida, no later than December 1, 2022. Institutional nomination required.

    The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to current college sophomores and juniors who have strong interests and are committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native health care (applicants in the tribal public policy or Native health care categories must also identify as Native American or Alaska Native). How does the Udall Foundation define Native American?

    The foundation seeks applicants who demonstrate leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment and who are already tackling critical environmental and Native American issues in their communities and on campus. The scholarship funds may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, room and board. Udall Scholars are required to attend Scholar Orientation in Tucson, Arizona during the summer in August.

    The Udall Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To be considered as a nominee for the Udall Scholarship, interested students must meet with Lakeya Almeida no later than December 1, 2022 to discuss candidacy potential and gain access to the application.

    Udall applicants must complete and submit the Udall application (including the Udall essay, short essay responses, unofficial transcript(s), letters of recommendation, tribal verification documents if applicable) by WPI's January 23, 2023 internal deadline to be considered for nomination. Nominated students will be notified and will receive further instructions.

     

    Field(s) of Study: Humanities , Field(s) of Study: STEM , Field(s) of Study: Art and Architecture , Field(s) of Study: Social Sciences , Field(s) of Study: Medicine , Field(s) of Study: Education
    Application Deadline: February
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  • Microsoft Scholarship Program
    Description:

    Microsoft awards tuition and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to further their learnings in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients for the scholarship will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence, and leadership while working to push the software industry forward.

    Field(s) of Study: STEM
    Application Deadline: March
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  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Student Fellowships
    Description:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships for bachelor level students in environmentally related fields of study. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The EPA invites pre-applications for undergraduate GRO fellowships in academic disciplines relating to environmental research including environmental science, physical science, biological science, chemistry, environmental health, computer science, social science, mathematics, and engineering. A pre-application provides the information needed for a merit review. Following a merit review, the most scientifically meritorious applicants will be required to submit a brief formal application.

    Field(s) of Study: STEM
    Application Deadline: December
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  • Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program
    Description:

    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science. All SWE Scholarship applicants must be planning to attend a school with ABET-accredited programs. Undergraduate and community college applicants must be planning to study an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year. Masters and PhD candidates must be enrolled or accepted at a school with ABET-accredited programs in engineering, computing, or technology. SWE judges applications based on four main criteria - academic preparation, leadership and activities, work experience, and interest in engineering.

    SWE provides an application process for sophomores through graduate students and a separate application process for incoming freshmen. Both application processes have their own dates pertaining to when the application opens and when the applications and reference letters are due. Applicants complete an application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.  

     

    Field(s) of Study: STEM
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  • Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships
    Description:

    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awards are intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission.  The mission of the DHS is to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recovery efforts from attacks that occur.  DHS is also dedicated to protecting the rights of American citizens and enhancing public services, such as natural disaster assistance and citizenship services.  DHS realizes that the country's strong science and technology community provides a critical advantage in the development and implementation of counter-terrorist measures.  This education program is intended to ensure a diverse and highly talented science and technology community to achieve the DHS mission and objectives.  Areas of study include:  physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences including science policy, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.  Eligibility: US citizenship; minimum GPA 3.3 (successful applicants are more likely to be 3.7 or above).  See the program website link below for more information

    Field(s) of Study: STEM , Field(s) of Study: Social Sciences , Field(s) of Study: Medicine
    Application Deadline: October
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  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) STEM Internships and Fellowships
    Description:

    The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers a variety of STEM internship and fellowship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and federal research facilities across the United States. ORISE provides opportunities for a summer, fall, or spring STEM internship, or a longer-term research opportunity to provide hands-on laboratory experience. ORISE also provides graduate-level STEM internships and fellowships for graduate students who may be interested in exploring options for thesis research, preparing to pursue a doctorate degree, or looking to participate in laboratory experiences to expand their expertise beyond the traditional university setting. These STEM internship and fellowship programs are key to the recruitment and preparation of the next generation of our nation’s scientific workforce.

     

    Field(s) of Study: STEM
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  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program
    Description:

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students who have exceptional financial need (EFN) who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program is sponsored by the NIH, one of the world's foremost centers for medical/health research and research training. The NIH UGSP pays for tuition and fees, educational expenses, reasonable living expenses up to $20,000 per academic year. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.

    For each full or partial scholarship year, recipients are committed to two NIH service obligations: a 10-week Summer Laboratory Experience after each year of scholarship support, and employment at the NIH after graduation, serving 1 year of full-time employment for each year of scholarship. In addition to financial assistance, the scholarship program offers invaluable training and mentoring, as well as practical experience in a state-of-the-art research setting.

     

     

    Field(s) of Study: Social Sciences , Field(s) of Study: Medicine
    Application Deadline: March
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  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
    Description:

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities offered in the summer for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where they work closely with the faculty and other researchers. This allows students to experience first-hand how basic research is carried out, and to contribute and gain valuable expereince in research. Interested students can explore opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. Individual sites may have specific eligibility requirements (e.g., number of undergraduate years completed) for applicants. Students who are selected to participate in an REU are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. 

    Field(s) of Study: Humanities , Field(s) of Study: STEM , Field(s) of Study: Social Sciences , Field(s) of Study: Business , Field(s) of Study: Education
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  • Amgen Scholars Program
    Description:

    Must express interest in applying and meet with Lakeya Almeida no later than November 29, 2021. 

    The Amgen Scholars Program provides exciting hands-on scientific research opportunities at some of the world's leading educational institutions. There are currently 13 educational institutions in the United States that host the summer research program and each institution has its own application process. Amgen Scholars will have the opportunity to take part in important research projects, gain hands-on lab experience, and contribute to the advancement of science while receiving guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the worlds leading academic scientists. Amgen Scholars learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduate careers. Amgen Scholars will also attend and participate in scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events including the Amgen Scholars U.S. Symposium where they meet their peers, discuss their summer research projects, learn about biotechnology, and hear from leading scientists.

    Research areas of potential focus include any disciplines related to the discovery, development, manufacture, and delivery of human therapeutics, as well as the overall biomedical and biotechnology enterprise. Application deadlines are determined by Amgen Scholars Program host institutions, between early February and mid-February. Financial support is also a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Review each institution’s Amgen Scholars Program website for more information regarding deadlines and financial support. 

    Applicants for the U.S program must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents and a current sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior. 

    Field(s) of Study: STEM , Field(s) of Study: Medicine
    Application Deadline: February
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  • Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
    Description:

    Each year, the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare for the purpose of supporting those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. Applicant must be a graduate student or a college senior who will be enrolling in graduate school as a full-time graduate student in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded, and have one or more years of school remaining. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of enrollment to a graduate program in medical school, nursing, and/or pharmacy. The selection committee evaluates an applicant's college GPA, academic records in medical school, nursing and/or pharmacy, community involvement/volunteer service and essay content. 

    Ten (10) $10,000 scholarships will be awarded annually and twenty-five (25) $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually. The scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, and books, supplies & equipment required for a full-time course load.

    Field(s) of Study: Medicine
    Application Deadline: July
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  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
    Description:

    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. A Gilman Scholarship enables American students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who have been historically underrepresented in study abroad and who may not have otherwise participated due to financial constraints. To be eligible for this opportunity, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship.

    The Gilman Scholarship provides scholarship awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program for up to one academic year. The award is to cover eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees.

    The program seeks to encourage students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security). Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. The Critical Need Language Award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year.

    The Gilman Scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

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  • Boren Awards (National Security Education Program (NSEP)
    Description:

    The Boren Awards provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students studying in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Awards require rigorous language study and the majority of awardees spend a full academic year overseas.

    Field(s) of Study: Humanities , Field(s) of Study: Language Studies , Field(s) of Study: STEM , Field(s) of Study: Social Sciences , Field(s) of Study: Law and Diplomacy
    Application Deadline: February
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  • CyberCorps Scholarship For Service (SFS)
    Description:

    CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) is funded by the National Science Foundation. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen who is focusing their undergraduate or graduate studies on cybersecurity. Typical majors are CS, DS, ECE, or Mathematics. The scholarship pays the full cost of your education (all tuition and fees) plus a $25,000 stipend per year for undergraduates students and a $34,000 stipend per year for graduate students. In return, recipents work for the government after graduation in a paid cybersecurity position for the same number of years for which their education was funded. Following that period of service, recicpents are free to leave or remain in the public sector. If students receive multiple years of funding, they will also serve the government in a paid summer internship between academic years.

    For Undergraduate Students: 

    The earliest you can apply is your sophomore year for the scholarship to begin in your junior year. Recipients can receive one, two, or three years of funding; the 3-year maximum covers junior, senior, and an MS year. Applications are submitted online in a selection process that takes place once a year.

    For Graduate Students:

    Recipients can receive up to three years of funding. After you apply for admission to WPI to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree in a cybersecurity-related field, apply separately to the SFS program. If you’re admitted to WPI and also selected for SFS, then your SFS scholarship starts in your first semester. For students beginning in the Fall, applications for SFS are due in February. For students beginning in January, applications are reviewed throughout the Fall on a rolling basis – please discuss your application with the WPI SFS Program Manager, via email, at sfs-cybercorps@wpi.edu.

    Field(s) of Study: STEM
    Application Deadline: February
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  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Awards
    Description:

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation provides undergraduate scholarships and graduate awards annually to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs to help support future aerospace professionals. Applicants must be AIAA Student Members. 

    Field(s) of Study: STEM
    Application Deadline: January
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  • NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
    Description:

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) Scholarship Program is designed to:

    • Increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities
    • Increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy
    • Recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government
    • Recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

    The Hollings Scholarship Program provides selected undergraduate awardees with a scholarship award for two academic years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at a NOAA or partner facility during the summer (conducted the summer between the first and second years of the award). Awards also include a mandatory NOAA orientation in the first year of the scholarship award; a housing allowance for student scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship; round-trip travel to the internship site including reimbursement for incidentals; travel expenses for attendance and participation at the NOAA Science and Education Symposium (Final Week presentations) in Silver Spring, MD; and conference travel to attend up to two professional conferences and present the results of the NOAA internship project.

    Application Deadline: January
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Graduate Nationally Competitive Scholarships

  • SMART Scholarship Program
    Description:

    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 full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, annual stipends, an experienced DoD mentor at one of the Sponsoring Facilities, and full time employment with the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

    The SMART Program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the Department of Defense (DoD) that will contribute innovative advancements in technology that support and protect the nation. The program seeks to identify individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research that will further the DoD's mission. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian employee. SMART is a one-for-one commitment; for every year of degree funding, the scholar commits to working for a year with the DoD as a civilian employee.  Scholars will also participate in summer internships with their sponsoring facility each summer following each year of funding. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a field of study that falls into one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed in the eligibility requirements found on the SMART Scholarship website. Applicants must also be requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation. Upon selection, students must sign a DoD civilian service agreement. See the program website link in the sidebar for more information.

     

    Field(s) of Study STEM
    Application Deadline: December
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  • Schwarzman Scholars
    Description:

    Schwarzman Scholars is a scholarship that was created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century. Schwarzman Scholars supports up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion — attending lectures, traveling around the region, and developing a better understanding of China. Scholars learn from world-class faculty and guest speakers about China’s importance on the global stage through a rigorous and dynamic core curriculum. Schwarzman Scholars prepares young leaders for a globally interconnected future and careers in which they will join a growing alumni network of leaders who are working to build mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world.

    Schwarzman Scholars are selected from an international pool of distinguished candidates. Prospective Scholars are expected to demonstrate academic excellence, strong intellectual capacity, outstanding leadership qualities, and exemplary character & integrity as well as the capacity to understand emerging trends, design solutions, and inspire others. Schwarzman Scholars also embrace the opportunity to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions. All qualified candidates will have completed their undergraduate degrees prior to enrollment and must be highly proficient in English.

    Application Deadline: September
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  • Microsoft Scholarship Program
    Description:

    Microsoft awards tuition and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to further their learnings in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients for the scholarship will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence, and leadership while working to push the software industry forward.

    Field(s) of Study STEM
    Application Deadline: March
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  • Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program
    Description:

    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science. All SWE Scholarship applicants must be planning to attend a school with ABET-accredited programs. Undergraduate and community college applicants must be planning to study an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year. Masters and PhD candidates must be enrolled or accepted at a school with ABET-accredited programs in engineering, computing, or technology. SWE judges applications based on four main criteria - academic preparation, leadership and activities, work experience, and interest in engineering.

    SWE provides an application process for sophomores through graduate students and a separate application process for incoming freshmen. Both application processes have their own dates pertaining to when the application opens and when the applications and reference letters are due. Applicants complete an application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.  

     

    Field(s) of Study STEM
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  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) STEM Internships and Fellowships
    Description:

    The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers a variety of STEM internship and fellowship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and federal research facilities across the United States. ORISE provides opportunities for a summer, fall, or spring STEM internship, or a longer-term research opportunity to provide hands-on laboratory experience. ORISE also provides graduate-level STEM internships and fellowships for graduate students who may be interested in exploring options for thesis research, preparing to pursue a doctorate degree, or looking to participate in laboratory experiences to expand their expertise beyond the traditional university setting. These STEM internship and fellowship programs are key to the recruitment and preparation of the next generation of our nation’s scientific workforce.

     

    Field(s) of Study STEM
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  • Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
    Description:

    Each year, the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare for the purpose of supporting those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. Applicant must be a graduate student or a college senior who will be enrolling in graduate school as a full-time graduate student in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded, and have one or more years of school remaining. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of enrollment to a graduate program in medical school, nursing, and/or pharmacy. The selection committee evaluates an applicant's college GPA, academic records in medical school, nursing and/or pharmacy, community involvement/volunteer service and essay content. 

    Ten (10) $10,000 scholarships will be awarded annually and twenty-five (25) $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually. The scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, and books, supplies & equipment required for a full-time course load.

    Field(s) of Study Medicine
    Application Deadline: July
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  • Boren Awards (National Security Education Program (NSEP)
    Description:

    The Boren Awards provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students studying in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Awards require rigorous language study and the majority of awardees spend a full academic year overseas.

    Field(s) of Study Humanities, Field(s) of Study Language Studies, Field(s) of Study STEM, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences, Field(s) of Study Law and Diplomacy
    Application Deadline: February
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  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program
    Description:

    The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program seeks to increase the number of United States citizens receiving doctoral degrees in science and engineering (S&E) disciplines of military importance. The goal of the program is to propel talented individuals to the forefront of discoveries and innovations relevant to the Department of Defense (DoD); promote the growth of scientists/engineers within relevant DoD research disciplines; and support DoD science, engineering, and technology Innovations. This program is designed to encourage Baccalaureate recipients to enter Graduate school and ultimately gain Doctorates which align to the DoD services Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research and development.

    Applicants compete for Fellowship opportunities listed under the DoD Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research development. Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, one of the NDSEG supported disciplines. 

    Interested applicants must be U.S citizens or Nationals of the U.S. Applicants are eligible if they have received or will receive a baccalaureate degree in the year of their fellowship application, are within first two years of their graduate study for a traditional program (Graduate (1st-2nd year), or within the first two years of a PhD (1st-2nd year) in science or engineering. Each awardee’s NDSEG Fellowship lasts for three years.

    Note:  NDSEG Fellows do not incur any military or other service obligation. 

     

    Field(s) of Study STEM, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences
    Application Deadline: November
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  • Fulbright Scholarship
    Description:

    The U.S. Student Fulbright Program is designed to give recent graduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth, the Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.  Fulbright grants are also awarded in two separate competitions to non-US citizens and to postdoctoral scholars.  

    Field(s) of Study Humanities, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences, Field(s) of Study Law and Diplomacy
    Application Deadline: September
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  • The Rotary World Peace Fellowship
    Description:

    The Rotary Foundation awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships to peace and development leaders from around the world to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and development studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities around the world. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace.

    The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for global leaders with work experience in peace and development. Rotary fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.The Rotary Foundation seeks to invest in early-career candidates for the master’s degree program with at least three years of relevant experience, and mid-career candidates for the certificate program with at least five years of relevant experience. 

    Candidates must have at least three years between the completion of their most recent academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship. Candidates currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program are not eligible to apply.

    Field(s) of Study Social Sciences
    Application Deadline: May
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  • Marshall Scholarship
    Description:

    Marshall Scholarships for study in the United Kingdom are awarded to intellectually distinguished young Americans who will one day become leaders, opinion formers and decision makers in the US.  Each year at least 40 scholarships are awarded.  They may support two- or three-years of study toward a degree at any university in the United Kingdom.  Marshall Scholars are expected to demonstrate distinction of intellect and character by scholastic attainments and by other activities and achievements.  The scholarships are awarded through application to regional competitions in the United States. A GPA of 3.7 or above is mandatory, and institutional nomination is required.  

    Application Deadline: September
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  • Mitchell Scholarship
    Description:

    The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a nationally competitive, highly prestigious, post-graduate award which allows future American leaders to pursue one year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, providing them with an understanding about, an interest in, and an affinity for the island of Ireland. Applicants are judged on academic excellence, a record of outstanding leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The review committee also seek applicants who demonstrate a strong rationale for studying in Ireland and who have an interest in remaining connected to the US-Ireland Alliance (USIA) and the Mitchell alumni network. The USIA expects Mitchell Scholars to become active members of the non-profit organization, alumni scholar community, and to remain connected to the island of Ireland after their Mitchell Scholarship year. 

    The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, housing, one round trip airline ticket between the US and the island purchased by USIA, and a monthly stipend for living expenses and other travel. The scholarship covers September through May of an academic year, if a Scholar's course of study requires that they stay on the island of Ireland beyond May 31, any additional expenses will be the responsibility of the Scholar.

    The Mitchell Scholarship is administered by the US-Ireland Alliance, a proactive, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to consolidating existing relations between the United States and the island of Ireland and building the relationship for the future. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen each year.

    Application Deadline: September
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  • Rhodes Scholarship
    Description:

    Rhodes Scholarships are awarded for two years of postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom with the option of third year funding dependent on degree program. The selection committee seeks candidates that exhibit outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. Rhodes Scholars are people who have a vision of how the world could be better and the energy to make a difference and who are motivated to engage with global challenges. The guiding criteria for the selection of Rhodes Scholars include: academic excellence, energy to use one's talents to the fullest, devotion to duty, and instincts to lead and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

    The 32 scholarships awarded each year to U.S. citizens are distributed according to a system of 16 geographical districts. The scholarship pays all fees and tuition in addition to a personal allowance. Note that Rhodes Scholarships are also awarded to citizens of other countries in separate competitions. Institutional nomination is required.  

    Field(s) of Study Humanities, Field(s) of Study STEM, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences, Field(s) of Study Business, Field(s) of Study Law and Diplomacy
    Application Deadline: October
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  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship
    Description:

    Gates Cambridge Scholarships enable the brightest of the world's young leaders and scholars to undertake graduate study at Cambridge University.  Gates Cambridge Scholars are expected to have outstanding academic records with leadership potential and a commitment to serve their communities.  The scholarships support one- to four-years of graduate study, from one-year master's programs to PhD degrees.  The Gates Cambridge Trust offers approximately 150 awards annually, which cover the costs of studying at Cambridge. About one-third of these awards will be for students from the USA; but students from all countries, including the countries of the European Union other than the United Kingdom, are eligible to be considered for the Gates Cambridge Scholarships. 

    Field(s) of Study Humanities, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences, Field(s) of Study Law and Diplomacy
    Application Deadline: October
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  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University
    Description:

    The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will annually identify a group of up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.
     

    Field(s) of Study Humanities, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences, Field(s) of Study Law and Diplomacy
    Application Deadline: October
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  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
    Description:

    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides opportunities for able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. A New American is an individual who
    (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card or,
    (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen or
    (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.

    The applicant must either have a bachelor's degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study. Those who have a bachelor's degree may already be pursuing graduate study and may receive Fellowship support to continue that study. All subjects of study are eligible at any university in the U.S.

    Field(s) of Study Humanities, Field(s) of Study STEM, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences, Field(s) of Study Law and Diplomacy
    Application Deadline: November
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  • Hertz Fellowship
    Description:

    The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology. The fellowship includes up to five years of funding, and the freedom to pursue innovative ideas with real-world impact. Hertz Fellows also participate in ongoing mentoring, symposia, and workshops with the community of more than 1200 fellows, a set of peers who span disciplines, generations, and geography. 

    Eligible applicants must be college seniors, first-year graduate students, or in a gap year preparing to apply to graduate school; intend to pursue a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering; and intend to direct their studies toward understanding and solving major, near-term problems facing society. The Hertz Foundation does not award fellowships to applicants pursuing professional degrees other than a PhD. 

    Field(s) of Study STEM, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences
    Application Deadline: October
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  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: Dissertation Fellowships
    Description:

    The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The program will award approximately 35 dissertation fellowships. 

    Field(s) of Study Humanities, Field(s) of Study Language Studies, Field(s) of Study STEM, Field(s) of Study Art and Architecture, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences, Field(s) of Study Medicine, Field(s) of Study Business, Field(s) of Study Law and Diplomacy, Field(s) of Study Education
    Application Deadline: December
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  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: Predoctoral Fellowship
    Description:

    The predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Ph.D. The Ford Foundation offers predoctoral fellowships to members of six minority groups whose underrepresentation in the professoriate has been severe and long-standing.  Awards will be made for study in research-based doctoral programs in selected academic disciplines. A comprehensive list of eligible fields of study is listed on the program website. Individuals enrolled in practice-oriented programs will not be supported. The program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships annually.

    Field(s) of Study Humanities, Field(s) of Study Language Studies, Field(s) of Study STEM, Field(s) of Study Art and Architecture, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences, Field(s) of Study Medicine, Field(s) of Study Business, Field(s) of Study Law and Diplomacy, Field(s) of Study Education
    Application Deadline: November
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  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: Postdoctoral Fellowships
    Description:

    The Ford Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities program enables fellows to engage in a year of postdoctoral research and scholarship in an environment free from the interference of their professional duties. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The program will award approximately 20 postdoctoral fellowships. Major disciplines eligible for support include the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering sciences, behavioral and social sciences, education, and the humanities.

    Field(s) of Study Humanities, Field(s) of Study Language Studies, Field(s) of Study STEM, Field(s) of Study Art and Architecture, Field(s) of Study Social Sciences, Field(s) of Study Medicine, Field(s) of Study Business, Field(s) of Study Law and Diplomacy, Field(s) of Study Education
    Application Deadline: December
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  • CyberCorps Scholarship For Service (SFS)
    Description:

    CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) is funded by the National Science Foundation. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen who is focusing their undergraduate or graduate studies on cybersecurity. Typical majors are CS, DS, ECE, or Mathematics. The scholarship pays the full cost of your education (all tuition and fees) plus a $25,000 stipend per year for undergraduates students and a $34,000 stipend per year for graduate students. In return, recipents work for the government after graduation in a paid cybersecurity position for the same number of years for which their education was funded. Following that period of service, recicpents are free to leave or remain in the public sector. If students receive multiple years of funding, they will also serve the government in a paid summer internship between academic years.

    For Undergraduate Students: 

    The earliest you can apply is your sophomore year for the scholarship to begin in your junior year. Recipients can receive one, two, or three years of funding; the 3-year maximum covers junior, senior, and an MS year. Applications are submitted online in a selection process that takes place once a year.

    For Graduate Students:

    Recipients can receive up to three years of funding. After you apply for admission to WPI to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree in a cybersecurity-related field, apply separately to the SFS program. If you’re admitted to WPI and also selected for SFS, then your SFS scholarship starts in your first semester. For students beginning in the Fall, applications for SFS are due in February. For students beginning in January, applications are reviewed throughout the Fall on a rolling basis – please discuss your application with the WPI SFS Program Manager, via email, at sfs-cybercorps@wpi.edu.

    Field(s) of Study STEM
    Application Deadline: February
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  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Awards
    Description:

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation provides undergraduate scholarships and graduate awards annually to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs to help support future aerospace professionals. Applicants must be AIAA Student Members. 

    Field(s) of Study STEM
    Application Deadline: January
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