Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
U.S. Government Databases
Science.gov offers information from across the federal government on education and training opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields for undergraduate and graduate students.
Grants.gov lists all current discretionary funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and many others — in other words, all the most important public funders of research in the United States.
AAAS Science and Engineering Fellows Program
AAAS provides an opportunity to learn first-hand how scientific and technological information is used in environmental policy-making; to provide a unique public policy learning experience; to demonstrate the value of science, technology, and economics in addressing societal problems; and to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in the programs of the U.S. government. Fellows will work in offices throughout the EPA on projects of mutual interest to the Fellows and the hosting offices. Deadline: fall.
Barry Goldwater Scholarship
NAU Faculty Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 for 1 or 2 years of undergraduate study in science, mathematics,and engineering. Intended for exceptional students who have conducted undergraduate research and intend to pursue a Ph.D. in a STEM field. NAU campus deadline for sophomores and juniors: early November. (This scholarship requires a campus endorsement. Contact the National Scholarships Office for more information.)
DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
NAU Coordinator: Holly Wheeler, CIE International Internship Coordinator
RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students in biology, chemistry, physics,earth sciences, and engineering. RISE interns assist and receive mentoring from doctoral students at universities and top research institutions across Germany. (Working language is English.) Scholarship provides a stipend to help cover living expenses; partner institutions provide housing assistance. Deadline: late April.
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship provides a $36,000 stipend, tuition, and other assistance for up to 4 years for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Includes a 12-week practicum at one of 17 DOE national laboratories that includes access to DOE supercomputers. Deadline: early to mid-January. (Must take GREs by mid-November.)
Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF)
SCGF supports outstanding students to pursue graduate training in science, mathematics, engineering, computer and computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to to the Office of Science mission at DOE laboratories and in academia (including national needs in energy, environment, and national security). Three-year award for undergraduate seniors and first- or second-year graduate students. Deadline: early January.
Department of Homeland Security STEM Summer Internship Program
The STEM Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in DHS-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at federal research facilities located across the country. Participants receive a stipend plus transportation expenses to their internship location. Deadline: mid-January.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides one-academic-year grants for individually designed international graduate study, research projects, or English Teaching Assistantships in one of 140+ countries. Applicants may be graduating seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students.
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award
The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award provides tuition and a stipend for seniors and graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences at specific universities. Deadline: Fall.
Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship
Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship provides a 5-year fellowship to graduating seniors committed to teaching science and mathematics in U.S. high schools. Fellows receive tuition assistance for teacher credentialing (if needed), monthly stipends, grants for professional development and teaching materials, and professional support. Deadline: mid-October.
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund supports (1) Graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training); (2) Independent research or study projects which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
NDSEG Offers fellowships to individuals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines at the U.S. institution of their choice. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, and medical insurance. No service obligation. Deadline: mid-December.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
NOAA provides academic scholarship and paid summer internship for up to two years to undergraduates interested in careers doing research, public policy, or education related to oceanic and atmospheric science. Deadline for sophomores: January.
National Physical Sciences Consortium Graduate Fellowships in Science, Math, and Engineering
The National Physical Sciences Consortium Graduate Fellowship provides up to $20,000 annually for up to 6 years to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields,emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool (95% of fellows have been minority, female, or both). Fellows may also hold a research or teaching assistantship. Fellows receive one or two paid summer internships with a government agency and are assigned a mentor. Deadline for seniors: late November.
NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
The Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program provides funding for Ph.D. and joint Ph.D./M.D. programs as Oxford or Cambridge for students interested in biomedical research careers. An accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for students who have already developed a sophisticated scientific background by having engaged in research as undergraduates. Deadline: early January.
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers scholarships and summer research internships to undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Students must demonstrate exceptional financial need. Recipients must commit to working in an NIH research laboratory for one year for each year of scholarship support received. Deadline for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors: early March.
NIH Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)
IRTA provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Post-Bac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. No set deadline; apply 8 months before you wish to begin work. College seniors are encouraged to apply to the Post-Bac IRTA and the NIH Summer Internship Program simultaneously.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship provides $30,000 per year for up to 3 years of research-based study leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. in STEM fields and social sciences. Professional (MPH), clinical (MSW), and joint professional/research degrees (M.D./Ph.D.) not eligible. Deadline (varies by discipline): early to mid-November.
NSF Listing of Additional Funding Resources
NSF Listing provides more funding opportunities in the STEM and social science fields.
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program (summer)
NSF REU provides support for undergraduates to engage in summer research programs at various U.S. and foreign institutions. At an REU site, a small group of undergraduates work on a pre-defined research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students receive a stipend and sometimes assistance with housing, meals, and travel. Deadline: varies by site, some by January or February.
The SMART Scholarship provides full scholarships to students pursuing STEM degrees and employment upon graduation. Must complete one year of paid service in a Department of Defense laboratory for each year of academic support received. Available for both undergraduate and graduate study. Deadline: mid-December.
Summer STEM Research Opportunities
The Institute for Broadening Participation search engine is easy to use and has most of the major summer research opportunities for STEM students in the list.
NAU Faculty Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Udall Scholarship awards 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior students committed to careers related to the environment, and American Indian students pursuing careers in tribal public policy issues, or Native American health care. NAU campus deadline for sophomores and juniors: early December. (This scholarship requires a campus endorsement. Contact the NAU National Scholarships Office for more information.)