Below we have provided a handful of high-profile scholarships and fellowships that are available to undergraduate and/or graduate students in the STEM disciplines. We highly recommend visiting the Drexel Fellowships Office often for the most up-to-date listings on these and other funding opportunities available to Drexel students. For your convenience, we have also provided a sampling of several other locations where you may find information about funding resources.
Selected Scholarships and Opportunities
NASA Undergraduate Science Research Program (USRP)
This program offers STEM undergraduates mentored internship experiences at NASA centers and research support facilities. Students may apply for a 10-week summer session or a 15-week spring or fall session. Students will receive a $6,000 (10-week summer session) or $9,000 (15-week spring or fall session) stipend for the research experience plus transportation allowance to and from the NASA Host Center.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and be classified as rising sophomores, juniors or seniors before the expected start of the internship session.
UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Scholarship
This award provides up to $35,000 to help cover tuition, stipend, and expenses for African-American undergraduate students in biological, chemical, or engineering sciences. Scholarship includes two summer research internships with stipends totaling at least $10,000, if eligible.
Applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and must be BS/BA degree candidates.
Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, Research for Transformation (SMART)
This award offers full tuition and fees, a $25,000–$41,000 stipend, paid summer internships, mentoring, and post-graduation employment for students in the STEM fields. Upon selection, awardees are assigned to the DoD laboratory where they will be expected to serve as summer interns and complete a period of post-graduation employment service as DoD civilians.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. College seniors who are awaiting notification of admission to graduate school \ may apply for the SMART graduate award.
NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST)
MUST awards scholarships and internships to undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Open to all students, but particularly focused on engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups. Provides one-year scholarships of up to one-half of tuition, not to exceed $10,000. Students who maintain the required minimum grade point average will be eligible for paid internships at a NASA center. Students selected into MUST as sophomores may renew through their senior year.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and sophomores or juniors.
The scholarship funds outstanding undergraduates in the STEM fields; it covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to $7,500/year for 1–2 years. The award requires University nomination. Please contact the Drexel Fellowships Office for more information.
Applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and sophomores or juniors.
Campus Deadline: January
University nomination required.
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
This National Institutes of Health (NIH) program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Includes scholarship support (up to $20,000/year in tuition), paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. Scholarships are awarded for one year, and can be renewed up to four years.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or nationals.
NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP)
The NASA GSRP is an agency-wide fellowship program for graduate study leading to master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development. In 2011, NASA expanded GSRP to include students who are interested in becoming teachers or education administrators. This 12-month award ($20,000) requires students to participate in a 10-week NASA center or HQ-based research experience at the NASA center/HQ extending the GSRP fellowship award.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)
This prestigious award offers three years of financial support ($30,000/year + educational stipend) to top students who are committed to research careers. The application requires students to demonstrate both intellectual merit and broader impacts. Women, underrepresented minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and be graduating seniors. BS/MS students can apply in their fourth year, assuming that their graduate study begins in their fifth year.
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF)
This program pays full tuition and a stipend of $32,400/year for outstanding students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. The award is limited to four years and must be renewed each year.
Applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Exceptional senior undergraduates who meet all the award's requirements may apply.
National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships
NPSC offers unique graduate fellowships in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. An NPSC fellowship covers tuition and pays a stipend of $20,000/year for the first two or three years of graduate school, depending on the employer who sponsors the fellowship, with the possibility of continuation for several more years providing all the conditions of the fellowship continue to be met.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and may apply in their senior year of undergraduate study.
Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (SCGF) Program
The fellowship award provides outstanding students in the areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences with up to $10,500 in tuition support, an annual stipend of $35,000, and a research stipend of $5,000/year for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research for three years.
Undergraduate seniors may apply.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
The Department of Defense awards three-year graduate fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest. The award provides full tuition and fees, plus a stipend of about $30,000/year.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or nationals, intend to pursue a doctoral degree, and must have received or be on track to receive their bachelor's degree.
Whitaker International Fellows
The program sends young U.S.-based biomedical engineers around the world to study, complete an internship, or conduct research on biomedical engineering. Pays for tuition of up to $35,000, a monthly stipend, round-trip airfare, and health insurance.
Applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, and graduating seniors are eligible to apply.
NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowships
The fellowships are awarded to outstanding graduate students from underrepresented groups (women, minorities, and/or persons with disabilities) participating in the STEM workforce who want to earn advanced degrees. The award is a three-year fellowship award package that includes stipend and tuition offset support.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and in the process of applying to an accredited STEM graduate program.
Other Scholarship Resources
Association of Latino Professions for America
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Latino College Dollars
LULAC National Educational Service Centers