STEM Scholarships

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As we make gains in science and technology, resources to pursue education in STEM disciplines increase. Explore these scholarships available to students with scientific majors.

Department of Energy – Science Graduate Fellowship Program
This program supports outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S. The Fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution for three years. Deadline: November

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
The NSF provides three-year graduate research fellowships for students pursuing Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in science, mathematics, technology, computer science and engineering. Fellowships are intended for individuals in their undergraduate senior year and the early stages of their graduate study. Competitive students should demonstrate the capacity to plan and conduct research and communicate results. The NSF describes fellows as “knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.” Women, minority students, and disabled students are especially encouraged to apply. Around 1,000 fellowships are awarded each year. The deadline for application receipt is in early November – the exact date depends on the primary discipline of the applicant.

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarships
The Department of Defense (DoD) provides scholarships for students in math, science, engineering, and technology fields through the SMART program. SMART scholarships are available for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. SMART scholars receive a generous annual stipend, full paid tuition, a book allowance, a paid summer internship, and employment within DoD labs after graduation. SMART scholars must agree to work in a DoD lab one year for every year supported by the SMART scholarship. Eligible students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must be in an undergraduate program. Undergraduate seniors may apply for graduate school funding. Recipients must obtain security clearance. Approximately thirty-two scholars are chosen annually.  Deadline: Early December

Tylenol Scholarships
The makers of Tylenol provide scholarship money for 170 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in healthcare, including medical sciences. This program awards $250,000 in the form of individual $1,000 and $5,000 grants. Applicants will be judged on the content of their application essay, work experience, community involvement, and academic performance. Deadline: Late June

Morris K. Udall Scholarships
The Udall program, sponsored by the federal government and administered by the Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation, awards over 100 partial scholarships (up to $5,000 each) for graduate study in environmental studies or policy and many related fields including anthropology and journalism. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.5. Application deadline is March 1. Interested students should consult with Dr. Robert Browne, Dept. of Biology, or with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars.