Undergraduate Fellowships for Underrepresented Students
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Summer program for graduating seniors and early stage graduate students with a career interests in economic education, policymaking, lawmaking, or research.
The American Physical Society Minority Scholarship Program provides minority physics students with mentoring and educational funding – of $2,000 - $3,000 per year – to prepare them for career success as physics faculty, research scientists in the private sector, and high school physics teachers.
The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute is a 5-week, academically intensive program designed to simulate the graduate school experience, provide mentoring, and expand academic opportunities for underrepresented students who plan to pursue a PhD in political science.
Fellowships of $4,000 for underrepresented students entering doctoral programs in political science who show promise of contributing to teaching and research in the field.
The ASA provides one $20,000 fellowship per year – typically renewable for up to three years – to a talented student of color in sociology for doctoral study of any of its core areas of mental health and drug abuse research.
Anderson Ranch offers artists residencies of approximately ten weeks designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists.
The Hughes Fellowship aims to increase the participation of people of color in professional theatre through a 38-44 week fellowship at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., one of the first not-for-profit theatres in the U.S.
APAICS offers fellowships under three programs that place college graduates, graduate students, and professionals with a commitment to Asian American or Pacific Islander communities into Washington, D.C. congressional offices, federal agencies, and nonprofits for nine months of public policy work.
The Association for Women in Science provides a 10-week summer internship in Washington, D.C. to outstanding female undergraduates in STEM fields who are of African American, Latina, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent.
The AWS awards include the Kristen Lorentzen Award of up to $1,000 are to female sophomores and juniors majoring in behavioral science, life science, physical science, social science, or engineering.
This summer program places college seniors and recent graduates in congressional offices in Washington, D.C. where they learn about health policy with a focus on issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities and underserved communities.
Breakthrough Collaborative's summer program enables college students to obtain first-hand experience as teacher-interns preparing motivated, low-income middle school students for success in rigorous college preparatory programs.
Under this program, fellows work for nine months at the Institute for Women's Policy Research as a researcher or communications assistant on policy issues related to economic and social justice for women.
The Collegiate School Teaching Institute is a rigorous two-week summer program designed to introduce and mentor first and second year teachers of color in independent schools.
CHCI's Public Policy Fellowship offers 9 months of national level public policy experience in economic development, education policy, housing, international affairs, and local government to exceptional Latinos with a bachelor's degree within two years of graduation.
California Pre-Doctoral Scholars receive $3,000 in funding to develop their candidacy for doctoral programs. Applicants propose how they will use these funds: for visits to PhD-granting institutions, travel to professional meetings in their field, graduate school applications and test fees.
The Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award recognizes California State University students who have overcome adversity, demonstrate financial need, and have attributes of merit, including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. Each year, S.F. State may nominate one student for this $3,000 award. One CSU nominee will receive a $10,000 award.
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides need-based grants of up to $8,000 to students actively working for peace and justice.
This fellowship, renewable for a total of 4 years, provides tuition and fees, plus a yearly stipend for doctoral study in physical, engineering, computer, mathematical, or life sciences, with an emphasis in high-performance computing.
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship for those who intend to pursue a PhD in science and engineering in one of the 15 supported disciplines of research interest to the Department of Defense.
Two-year fellowship program provides $60,000 - $90,000 in seed funding and technical support to help social entrepeneurs turn their original high impact ideas into sustainable social change organizations working to solve deeply-rooted social, environmental, economic, and political inequities.
EPA GRO fellowships provide tuition and living expenses in the junior and senior year, and a paid summer internship, for undergraduates in environmentally-related fields.
Three years of support are provided to underrepresented graduate students studying for a PhD or ScD degree in the humanities, sciences, or social sciences.
Freeman-ASIA (Awards for Study in Asia) scholarships support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia.
Each year more than 1,500 students receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to live and study, or work as teaching assistants, in one of more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright awards are in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the sciences, professional fields, and the creative and performing arts.
Note: The Galbraith Scholars program will NOT be offered this year. Please check back to see if the program will be offered in a future year. Underrepresented and low income students interested in issues of inequality and social policy are invited to apply for full scholarships to attend a five-day summer session at Harvard University led by its faculty, doctoral fellows, and social policy practitioners.
Scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded for study abroad for students or disciplines traditionally underrepresented in study abroad programs, or for study abroad outside Western Europe.
The Goldwater Scholarship Program awards 300 scholarships annually to foster excellence in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering and to encourage outstanding students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in these fields.
Greenlining Institute's acclaimed leadership academy trains the next generation of social change leaders. Its year-long Fellows Program is associated with Greenlining Coalition, one of the nation's most effective and longest lasting multi-ethnic coalitions of community-based organizations.
The Kennedy School of Government's Public Policy and Leadership Conference equips students with a commitment to public service to prepare for graduate study in public policy and international affairs.
This unique "no-strings-attached" fellowship allows exceptional applied science and engineering students up to 5 years of support for doctoral studies at one of the program's tenable schools.
Humanity in Action sponsors two summer programs: its Diversity and Democracy in America Program, held in New York City, and its Summer Core Programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Warsaw. An international group of fellows study the history of resistance to human rights abuses in the U.S. and Europe, and then work in international teams to complete research projects that address pressing host country minority rights issues.
This award provides $10,000 to a graduating senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world following graduation and before going on to graduate school or a career.
The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers aims to "deepen the pool of talented minorities entering the teaching profession in our country." Through its Summer Workshop and Associate Program, IRT supports outstanding students during the graduate school application process who are committed to addressing the critical underrepresentation of minority groups on school and college faculties.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award aims to recognize and reward America's promising up-and-coming artists from lower-income backgrounds with the nation's leading graduate scholarships in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing. The program provides funding for up to three years of graduate study.
This five-year program provides financial support and mentoring to beginning science and mathematics high school teachers as they earn a teaching credential and through the early years of their teaching careers.
The Fellowship provides funding for master's level study of American history or government by future and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies.
The Marshall Commission and the U.S .Environmental Protection Agency provide up to five years of funding towards a doctoral degree in England in an environmentally-related field.
Jointly funded by the Marshall Commission and the National Institutes of Health, NIH-Marshall Scholarships provide four years of funding for a doctoral degree in bioscience, medicine and related disciplines from any appropriate U.K. institution. The third and fourth years are spent in research at the NIH.
Marshall Scholarships provide funding to young Americans of high ability and leadership potential to study for two years for a degree in any discipline at any university in the United Kingdom.
This fellowship program places undergraduate and graduate students at various media sites throughout the U.S. during the summer, to work as science journalists.
Mississippi Teacher Corps, the most competitive teaching program in the country affords structured entry into the teaching profession for outstanding liberal arts graduates who have never before taught, and provides dedicated, talented teachers for critical-needs school districts in Mississippi.
Each year 12 Scholars with a deep commitment to public service are selected for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This graduate fellowship is for the early stages of graduate study, usually a one-year master's degree program.
An annual award of $1,200 by the American Mathematical Society and the the Mathematical Association of America to an undergraduate student (or students having submitted joint work) for outstanding research in mathematics.
National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science GEM Fellowship Programs
Full fellowships with paid internships to highly qualified underrepresented students to pursue an MS in Engineering or a PhD in Engineering or Science .
This program provides up to six years of funding for a PhD in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, plus at least two summers of paid employment with a leading national employer such as the National Security Agency or the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Each year up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded to new screenwriters for an original feature film screenplay in English.
This program provides recent college graduates planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical, dental, or pharmacy) school with an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time biomedical research in the resource-rich environment of the NIH.
This program provides an opportunity to spend the summer working with leading scientists in biomedical research at one of the National Institutes of Health intramural laboratories.
This program provides up to 4 years of funding, at $20,000 per academic year, to exceptional undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds pursuing careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Paid summer research at the NIH is provided and, after graduation, employment and training at the NIH.
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides 3 years of graduate support to students in the early stages of pursuing a research-based master's or Ph.D. degree in an NSF-supported discipline.
The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs, and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service.
A Rhodes Scholarship makes possible two or three years of study at Oxford University in any field. Selection criteria for this highly prestigious program are proven intellectual and academic achievement, integrity of character, interest in and respect for others, the ability to lead, and the energy to use one's talents to the full.
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships provides accomplished scientists and engineers the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process, while learning about the intersection of science and policy. Candidates with a master's degree in engineering and at least three years of post-degree professional experience may apply.
Unique among writing programs, Stanford University offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry.
Annual Academy of Motion Pictures competition in which student filmmakers receive awards for films in four categories: animation, documentary, narrative, and alternative.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship awards highly prestigious merit scholarships of up to $30,000 to college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service for graduate or professional school in the U.S. or abroad.
U.C. Berkeley Amgen Scholars participate in 10 weeks of intensive mentored research in the sciences or biotechnology to increase their competitiveness for admission to prestigious graduate institutions.
Ten week program in which students are assigned individual research projects in integrative biology, molecular and cell biology, and plant and microbial biology.
Eight-week summer program provides research opportunities under the supervision of a faculty mentor in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and pre-law .
UC Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research At Berkeley Information Technology for Sustainability (SUPERB-ITS)
Nine-week research apprenticeship in which participants work on exciting ongoing research projects in information technology with EECS faculty mentors and graduate students.
This eight-week program provides motivated undergraduates interested in marine science careers with a summer research experience at the Bodega Marine Laboratory on an unparalleled and biologically rich stretch of the California coast .
During this 8-12 week program, students engage in cutting edge, interdisciplinary scientific research in biophotonics science and technology (CBST) research.
During a series of full-day Saturday workshops at UC Davis in the Spring semester, high potential undergraduates are assisted in preparing for admission to law school.
This intensive law school preparation program requires participants to make a two-year commitment during their junior and senior years, and two consecutive summers.
A ten-week summer research opportunity for undergraduates to become fully immersed in cutting-edge chemistry research and gain first-hand experience and training in state-of-the-art research facilities.
This summer research program is designed to increase the number of outstanding students from diverse backgrounds who pursue the Ph.D. by strengthening their academic and professional development for admission to the U.C. system and universities nationwide.
The U.C.L.A. Brain Research Institute sponsors a summer undergraduate research experience program for Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholars from universities and colleges across the nation.
This eight-week preparatory program pairs participants who plan to pursue a graduate degree in the humanities or humanistic social sciences with a mentor who provides guidance and direction on a student-selected research project
Ten week summer internship program in Washington, D.C., for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country.
The Udall Foundation provides $4,000 merit based scholarships and sponsors a Scholars Conference to educate and empower a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their heritage through environmental studies, and Native American health and tribal public policy.
The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues in today's complex world. The Foundation, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, seeks to promote tolerance. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. Prizes range from $1,500 to $5,000.
The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students earning PhDs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Use this site to search for AGEP programs – which range from summer research opportunities for undergraduates to graduate-level research opportunities – by academic institution or by region.
Consult this list, maintained by the American Astronomical Society, for undergraduate research and internship opportunities in astronomy and astrophysics.
This ABA program provides minority students applying to law school with the opportunity to attend for three years by giving $5,000 annually to each scholarship recipient attending an American Bar Association-accredited law school.
Scholarships of $1,000-$3,000 for underrepresented or economically disadvantaged students in art and design.
AAJA offers scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students sensitive to issues of importance to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and interested in pursuing careers in print, broadcast or photo journalism.
The Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified students from minority groups underrepresented in Bay Area law schools.
The Diversity Scholarship seeks to support newly admitted law students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession who have committed to attending a California law school. Scholarship of up to $7,500 helps pay the costs of the first year of law school.
The Chicana Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to Latina graduate students, valued at $1,500 dollars each.
The Chicana Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to Latina undergraduates, valued at $1,500 each.
A $10,000 scholarship for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian AISES students pursuing degrees in computer science, computer engineering, and management information systems.
A $10,000 scholarship aimed at encouraging female undergraduate and graduate students to excel in computing and technology, and to become active role models and leaders.
A $10,000 scholarship for African American students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and software engineering
HSF/General College Scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 are available on a competitive basis to Hispanic undergraduates in any discipline who are pursuing their first graduate degree.
NWSA Conference Registration grants are offered to presenters in need financial assistance to attend the conference.
The New Leader Scholarship provides $8,000 in aid to extraordinary upper division undergraduates or graduate students in Bay Area public universities who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and pursuing or planning to pursue advanced education in the social sciences, human services, health-related fields, public interest law or public service.