Summer Scholarships

The following scholarships can be applied to for summer study depending on qualifications.



For more summer research opportunities visit the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) website.

Amgen Scholarship
The Amgen Scholars program provides hands-on science and biotechnology research experiences for undergraduate students. Ten research-oriented universities host this program every summer. Each university determines the length of its Amgen Scholars program and the extent of financial aid provided (many provide room and board, travel costs, and a stipend). The program also includes a symposium for all the Amgen scholars to meet in mid-summer for networking and to hear from leading scientists. Students may apply to more than one institution though each institution requires a separate application. Eligible students must have a GPA of 3.2 or above and must be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. Approximately 250 students are chosen each year to participate. All program applications are due at the beginning of February. (Apply through the host universities)

Fulbright UK Summer Institute
Summer Institute allows US undergraduate students to experience the UK in a unique setting on a three- to six- week summer academic and cultural program at a variety of institutes within the UK. Applicants must have at least 2 years left of undergraduate study to complete. Summer 2016 applications are due throughout February depending on institute.

Humanity in Action American and European Fellowship
Humanity in Action’s programs concern human rights generally, but they focus specifically on the relationship between majority and minority groups in the countries in which the programs. The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe explore Europe’s unique history during the Second World War and the Holocaust along with present-day tensions related to minority groups in the continent. The John Lewis Fellowship explores America’s unique history of diversity, immigration and civil rights along with present-day tensions related to minorities across the country. Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or recent graduates. Deadline: early January.

Janelia Undergraduate Program
The Janelia Farm Research Campus gives undergraduate students the opportunity to experience research for 10 weeks each summer. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program. Previous scholars have worked on a range of projects in Janelia labs, including helping to identify the neurons that control feeding behavior in fruit flies, designing better labeling molecules for use with sophisticated microscopy, recording from salamander retinal ganglion cells to learn about the motion tracking system, and developing computer programs for automated image analysis. Janelia undergraduate scholars live in two interconnected townhouses in the onsite housing village and may dine on-campus throughout their stay. The program covers all living expenses, including housing, food, and travel to and from Janelia. Students also receive a $4,500 stipend. By summer’s end, students have had abundant opportunities to learn, experience, imagine, and play along with Janelia scientists. Deadline: First week of January.

Killam Fellowship
Provides an opportunity for exceptional students the opportunity to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange students in Canada. Deadline: January.

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis
Provides summer research opportunity at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for engineering and science students currently enrolled at a US university. Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. The award is an appointment of at least 10-weeks. Deadline: February 28.

Charles B. Rangel Summer Enrichment 
Summer program for undergraduates interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service. The program lasts six-weeks at Howard University. Students must have a 3.2 GPA, be enrolled full-time, have at least sophomore standing at the time of application, and hold U.S. citizenship. Deadline: Early February.

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA and hold U.S. citizenship. Deadline: mid-September

Taiwan Ambassador Summer Enrichment Program
Summer Program for American Students to intensively study Chinese (Mandarin) and immerse themselves in Taiwanese culture for two months.  Students must have a 3.0 GPA. Deadline: mid-February.

DAAD – German Academic Exchange
DAAD RISE awards summer research internships in the in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering with doctoral students at top German universities. Placements range from 2-3 months. No German required for most placements. Students must have a 3.0 GPA.
DAAD University Summer Course Grant awards a scholarship for a variety of 3-4 week summer courses at German universities. For students interested in fine arts, humanities, natural and social sciences. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0, and have at least 4 semester of college-level German course work. 
Deadlines often in December.