Funding to Support Your Individual Aspirations

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Scholarships and Awards

Applying for a scholarship or fellowship requires that you be willing to commit time, energy, and hard work which you might ordinarily devote to other activities and that you recognize that the effort you invest in the application process will be worthwhile not only because it offers you the chance to receive the recognition and the financial reward which will help you realize your dreams, but also – or primarily – because by engaging in a reflective process, grappling with the intellectual challenges, and seeking ways to achieve excellence and make a difference, you will have a potentially transformative experience and one that may help you define who you are and who you want to become.

Opportunities listed here include scholarships, fellowships, research and educational enrichment programs specifically seek to increase diversity and promote inclusion.

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Health Care
  • International Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Language & International Study
  • Law
  • Multiple Fields
  • Public Service
  • Service Fellowships – International
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • STEM Fields
  • Teaching Fellowships – National

The following abbreviations identify whether the opportunities are open to undergraduates, post-graduates, or both.

  • All = open to both undergraduates and post-graduate students.
  • UG = Undergraduate Scholarships
  • PG = Post-Graduate Scholarships – Students can apply to these opportunities in their fourth-year as they are planning their post-graduate studies. There are both domestic and international opportunities.

The “Focus Group” label indicates those opportunities encouraging or focused on applicants representing specific groups.  Many of those opportunities welcome applicants from all groups.  If there is no designation, the opportunity is open to all groups.

Typically, applications for these opportunities require two to three (or more) months of preparation – completing the application, drafting and revising statements, arranging for letters of recommendation.  Some require a preliminary and a formal interview; others may require Institutional Review or Endorsement.  Use the month indicated for the deadline to plan ahead.  Schedule a Fellowships & Scholarships appointment with the Assistant Director of Prestigious Fellowships through Handshake in myNCF.

ARTS & HUMANITIES

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Joan Nestle Prize – UG – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Joan Nestle Prize for an outstanding paper on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history completed in English by an undergraduate student. (Odd-numbered years, covering previous two years.) The undergraduate paper prize is funded through a special fund established by CLGBTH’s lifetime members awards five prizes for outstanding work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, and queer history; prize descriptions are below. Calls for prizes are announced in the early summer of each year; submissions are due to prize committee members in the fall. The prizes are awarded each year in early January at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. The Nestle Prize is awarded in January of odd-numbered years for work published or written in the prior two years.

Deadline:  October

MacKenzie-Childs Black Lives Matter Scholarship for Design – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

MacKenzie-Childs is known for creating happy, colorful, distinctive home furnishing designs.  As a company, we are motivated to bring an appreciation of artful qualities and functional beauty into everyday life.  Creativity, imagination, a love of Home, making life fun, and a unique design aesthetic are at the center of this brand. For the second year in a row, MacKenzie-Childs supports this scholarship to encourage individuals to pursue their dreams and develop their abilities in the fields of design and the applied arts. Scholarship Amount: $5,000 scholarship to be awarded (4 awards)

Deadline: June

NWSA Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Award – UG – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The purpose of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Awards is to discover, encourage, and promote the intellectual development of emerging scholars who engage in critical theoretical discussions and/or analyses about feminist/womanist issues concerning women and girls of color in the United States and the diaspora.

Deadline:  June

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees, especially PhDs, in the humanities. The program, which is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, offers a six-week session for 10 rising seniors. The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, will develop and nurture the students’ interest in the appropriate disciplines, and provide them with the requisite intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue humanities careers and to reach their full potential.

Deadline:  March

Tikvah Summer Fellowship For College Students – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Tikvah Fund offers an intensive six-week seminar for college students living in America, Canada, or elsewhere in the Diaspora. Led by preeminent professors, rabbis, educators, and intellectual and political leaders, “The Jewish Idea: Morality, Politics, and Culture” will explore some of the most foundational Jewish teachings, including biblical and rabbinic texts, the lessons of Jewish history, the insights of modern Jewish thought, and the conversation between Jewish and Western ideas.Seminars will take place at the Tikvah Center in the heart of New York City’s Midtown East district. Participants will receive a generous stipend of $4,000.

Deadline:  February

BUSINESS & SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

American Association for the Advancement of Science Entry Point Fellowship – All – Internship
Focus Group:  Ability

Entry Point! identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities.

Deadline:  September

Chrysler Fund Reaching Out MBA Fellowship – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

The Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellowship was created as a joint effort between top business school programs and Reaching Out to demonstrate that business schools are the top destination to develop the out LGBTQ and active ally business leaders of tomorrow. The LGBTQ MBA Fellowship recipients each receive a minimum of $10,000 scholarship per academic year or $20,000 total scholarship, and also receive access to exclusive mentorship and leadership development programming through Reaching Out. 47 members of The Class of 2018 will collectively receive over $1,000,000 year of their MBA experience!

Deadline:  See website for details.

Echoing Green Foundation Fellowships – PG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Echoing Green Fellowship program provides start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. The fellowship provides a stipend of $80,000 for individuals (or $90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years; a health insurance stipend; a yearly professional development stipend; conferences led by organizational development experts; access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization; a community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world. The fellowship includes: the Global Fellowship, the Black Male Achievement Fellowship, and the Climate Fellowship.

Deadline:  October / April

Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence – UG – Internship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence (SFE) is awarded to students who embody our Business Principles. The program is open to undergraduate juniors pursuing a summer internship at GS from all majors that identify as Black, Latinx/Hispanic and/or Native American. Participants receive up to $15,000 toward tuition and academic expenses upon starting the summer internship. Eligibility: Undergraduate juniors pursuing a summer internship; Black, Latinx/Hispanic or Native American.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program – UG – 2nd year or higher – Internship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Established in 2003, the Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program for Minority Students provides awards to outstanding minority students to support their studies in the areas of insurance/risk management, accounting, economics, or business/finance and to encourage their consideration of the surety industry and surety/fidelity underwriting as a career choice.

Deadline:  September / January

HEALTHCARE

Brigham & Women’s Hospital Summer Training In Academic Research & Scholarship (STARS) Program – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program is a distinguished summer research opportunity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for underrepresented in medicine (URM)* undergraduate rising juniors and seniors, and first-year medical students with a strong interest in pursuing advanced careers as research scientists, physicians and/or health care professionals. The program recruits students from around the US into an eight-week mentored summer program. The students participate in intensive hands-on training in research methods and practice directly in the labs of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s leading researchers.

Deadline:  February

CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The CUPS program prepares a diverse body of students to consider public health as a career to ensure a future where the American public benefits from a more diverse and better trained public health workforce.  According to data from the 2017 National Population Projection Report of the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2045, more than half of all Americans will belong to a racial/ethnic minority group (any group other than non-Hispanic White alone).  A core area of study and practice during the internship is related to the health needs of U.S. minority and other populations who often are underserved and underrepresented in the field. During their internships, students work in a variety of public health settings including community organizations, health departments, university-based programs, and federal agencies.  Students display a variety of skills and knowledge including a focus on epidemiology, fundamentals of public health, minority health and health disparities, working with special populations, and biostatistics and statistical software. Multiple Locations.   See website for details and links to individual programs.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Creighton University Health Careers Opportunity Program – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Pipeline to Success Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a federally funded grant that provides students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete for, enter, and graduate from health professional schools.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The mission of the Gateways to the Laboratory Program is to increase the number of students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine and science who are prepared to become competitive applicants, successful MD-PhD students, and future leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine. Current college freshmen and sophomores who are members of groups historically underrepresented in medicine and science: Individuals from racial and ethnic minorities; Individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds; Individuals with disabilities.  Students receive a stipend of $6,000, housing in Weill Cornell Medicine student housing (at no cost to them), and reimbursement for their travel expenses.  Additionally, financial support is provided for family to travel to and stay in NYC in order to attend the final Symposium.

Deadline:  February

Global Health Disparities Research Training Program – All – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

If you are a student or recent graduate wishing to conduct mentored research abroad, our Global Health Disparities Research Training Program may be the internship for you. Our program emphasizes collaboration, cultural and scientific exchange, diversity, and a passion for medical sciences. To be eligible, you must be 1) a member of a health disparity population underrepresented in the fields of medicine and science as per the NIH guidelines; 2) currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or have graduated within 24 months of the start of the program; and 3) a US citizen, permanent resident, or non-citizen national. We select candidates from all over the United States, from such diverse fields as medicine and science, anthropology, education, public health, social work, and laboratory professionals with backgrounds in areas such as cell and molecular biology.

Deadline:  November

Minimizing Health Disparities (MHD) Undergraduate Summer Research – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The University of Arizona’s Minimizing Health Disparities (MHD) Undergraduate Summer Research Program offers summer research experience for students from underrepresented groups interested in careers in biomedical research, with a focus on minority health disparities.  10 weeks, $4,000 stipend, research credit, on-campus housing available.

Deadline:  January

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) – UG – Research
Focus Group: LGBTQ+ // Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD, and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; Phoenix, AZ; and Detroit, MI.

Deadline:  March

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides up to $20,000/year (renewable) for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral, or social science health-related research.   Deadline:  February – see website for details.

Deadline:  March

Oregon Health & Science University Equity Research Program – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The OHSU Equity Research Program offers an exciting opportunity for diverse undergraduate college students to spend eight weeks working on research projects alongside faculty, scientists and graduate students. Examples of past internship tracks include: Biomedical Sciences, Dental, Health Systems & Policy – Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.

Deadline:  December

Special Note:  DACA Students Eligible

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is part of an effort by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that works to build a Culture of Health. As the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on improving health and health care, RWJF is striving to build a national Culture of Health (visit www.cultureofhealth.org) that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. Aspiring health professionals are poised to be tomorrow’s change leaders in helping build a Culture of Health in their communities and the nation. And to bring about meaningful change, health professionals must know how to learn and work together across disciplines. SHPEP exposes students to a range of health professions to help realize this vision.  Programs are offered at the following institutions: Columbia University / Howard University / Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey / University of Alabama at Birmingham / University of California Los Angeles and Charles R. Drew University / University of Florida / University of Iowa / University of Louisville / University of Nebraska / University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston / University of Washington / Western University of Health Sciences.  See website for details about particular programs.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Special Note:  DACA Students Eligible

Short-Term Education Program For Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers. During this 8 to 10 weeks full-time research experience, Students receive a summer research stipend; Students are assigned to a STEP-UP Coordinating Center to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience; Students are paired with experienced research mentors at institutions throughout the nation; Students are encouraged to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research.; Students receive training in the responsible conduct of research; All-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Students are given the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation. The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

Deadline:  November / May

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. SHPEP is implemented at 12 universities across the nation (Columbia University; Howard University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of California Los Angeles and Charles R. Drew University; University of Florida; University of Iowa; University of Louisville; University of Nebraska; University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; University of Washington; Western University of Health Sciences).  Each institution provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. Program sites vary on how they deliver each of these required components and their program start date.

Deadline:  November / May

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program (SUMR), Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Today, one in every four Americans belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Yet despite tremendous advances in health science in recent decades, minorities still fall victim to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS in numbers far greater than whites. To prepare top candidates to pursue careers in health services research, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School, and the VA Center of Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) are co-sponsoring a summer program for rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors from underrepresented minority groups, or anyone interested in exploring the field of health services research. The SUMR program provides students with an opportunity to receive a stipend to conduct health services research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of Penn faculty.

Deadline:  February

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), offers undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. The SR-EIP is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities including students who identify as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives) and US Pacific Islander, to consider research careers in the academic, public, or private sectors.

Deadline:  February

Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through the experiences of laboratory or clinical research, the student learns how one pursues a specific research problem under the supervision of a faculty member, thus providing an early education into basic research techniques that could be applicable to any area of medicine. A lecture series explores topics in cardiovascular physiology. The summer fellows attend a series of talks by minority physicians about various medical specialties, addressing issues of concern in these physician’s daily work plus views of the bigger picture in health care to minority communities. Rounds in the hospital with advanced year students provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Students in the summer program receive counseling on financial planning for medical school and how to examine the financial aid package.

Deadline:  February

UCLA Pre-Medical Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP) – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

UCLA PREP is a unique non-residential program designed to provide premedical students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the means to strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine. Full participation in the UCLA PREP program allows participants to enhance their chances of being accepted to medical school and succeeding once there.

Deadline:  March

University of Pittsburgh Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine seeks talented and motivated students who possess an interest in studying medicine.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) would like to invite you to participate in our seven-week residential Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP).  This summer program is open to college sophomores who have completed Biology 1&2, Chemistry 1&2 (with labs) and accrued 60 credits with a science GPA of 3.6.  SPAEP is designed specifically to prepare and support talented and motivated student who wish to pursue careers in the profession of medicine. The program targets applicants who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine.  Program participants will spend seven weeks strengthening academic skills and enhancing their knowledge in science, scientific writing and public speaking through enrollment in two non-credit courses, MedBio and Med English.  They will also learn more about careers in medicine.  Participants will enjoy our small group learning environment that allows for one on one attention in a challenging and stimulating environment of a major academic medical center.  Students who are accepted to the SPAEP Program and meet program performance expectations will be recommended to apply for the Early Assurance Program. The application for Early Assurance Program is available once a student is recommended for consideration.  The Early Assurance Through SPAEP is a multi-summer residential program leading to matriculation into the UPSOM.  The MCAT for the Early Assurance Program Through SPAEP is waived.  Upon acceptance into the Early Assurance Program, enrollment in the next summer of SPAEP is required as is participation in the PROLOGUE to Medicine Program the summer prior to matriculation.  These summer experiences will provide additional academic support, mentoring, research, professional development and networking to the students. The program for a second summer of research, career and professional development.

Deadline:  February

Women in Medicine Leadership Scholarship – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+ // Women

Women in Medicine (WIM) will present LGBTQ Leadership Scholarships for female medical students enrolled in allopathic, osteopathic, or naturopathic medical schools in the United States or Canada.

Deadline:  March

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

CAMERA Fellowship – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

CAMERA seeks committed undergraduate students with excellent communication skills who can organize Pro-Israel events on campus. Fellows attend our all expense paid advocacy training conference in Boston, earn up to $500 and travel with us for free on our leadership and advocacy mission to Israel over winter break. CAMERA Fellows will: become official CAMERA representatives and embody our three principles; organize educational, informational programs during the school year, when necessary; write at least six educational and informational op-eds or letters-to-the-editor, and work with CAMERA staff to maintain a high level of accurate; monitor and respond to inaccuracies on campus, in the classroom and in the campus and local press; keep in touch with other CAMERA students via e-mail, CAMERA on Campus Facebook, and camera on campus.org; distribute CAMERA literature and accessories at Israel or Middle East related events on campus; participate in regular calls with other CAMERA Fellows reps and CAMERA staff.

Deadline:  July

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program Graduate Fellowship Program – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic // Women

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.

Deadline:  September

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic // Women

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects 15-20 participants (known as Rangel Scholars) each year from universities throughout the United States. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC. The Program has two major components. First, in order to enhance participants’ academic preparation to work in international affairs, the Program provides two courses and a seminar that focus on enhancing knowledge and skills related to U.S. foreign policy, economics and writing. In addition, in order to provide greater insight into the foreign policy-making process and international affairs careers, the Rangel Program introduces the participants to a wide range of government and non-government professionals who work on global issues and also arranges visits to various institutions involved in international affairs. The Program also helps students explore graduate school, scholarship, fellowship, internship, and professional options in international affairs.

Deadline:  February

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic // Women

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to promote positive change in the world.  Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Department of State, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC or at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe.

Deadline:  October

Tikvah Summer Fellowship For College Students – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Tikvah Fund is offering an intensive six-week seminar for college students living in America, Canada, or elsewhere in the Diaspora. Led by preeminent professors, rabbis, educators, and intellectual and political leaders, “The Jewish Idea: Morality, Politics, and Culture” will explore some of the most foundational Jewish teachings, including biblical and rabbinic texts, the lessons of Jewish history, the insights of modern Jewish thought, and the conversation between Jewish and Western ideas. Seminars will take place at the Tikvah Center in the heart of New York City’s Midtown East district. Participants will receive a generous stipend of $4,000.

Deadline:  February

Women in Defense (WID) Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group:  Women

Since establishment of the Women in Defense, previously HORIZONS, has awarded more than $675,000 to more than 165 women pursuing degrees ranging from law to engineering to math to public policy.  Focus of the scholarship is on the following preferred fields of study: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, policy and diplomacy, intelligence and economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense. Awards are made based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations and financial need.  Recipients must periodically report on the award’s impact on their professional lives.  The National Defense Industrial Association, Women In Defense, and their members and partners are proud to invest in high-performing women to increase diversity and innovation in government, academia, and the defense industrial workforce.

Deadline:  March

JOURNALISM

NLGJA Kay Longcope Scholarship Award – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+ // Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Kay Longcope Scholarship Award was established in 2008 through a gift from Longcope’s estate and with the guidance of Longcope’s partner Barbara Wohlgemuth. The scholarship award provides tuition assistance to an LGBTQ student of color who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.

Deadline:  June

NLGJA Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

Leroy F. Aarons dedicated his life to journalism. He believed that the LGBTQ community could advance if the news media fairly and accurately portrayed the lives of LGBTQ individuals and their issues. This simple but visionary idea became the foundation for NLGJA. The scholarship award provides tuition funding to an LGBTQ student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.

Deadline:  June

LANGUAGE & INTERNATIONAL STUDY

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university may apply to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide during the spring, summer, fall or academic year term. Refer to each term for specific dates on the deadlines and timelines for the application cycle. It is important that students apply for the correct scholarship term according to their program dates in order to be considered for this fellowship.

Deadline:  October / March

Clan Donald Scholarships – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Ellice & Rosa McDonald Academic Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for study of Scottish culture at a Scottish university. Candidates must be active member of Clan Donald USA.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Women

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation offers study abroad (“travel study”) scholarships to undergraduate female students who are Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. $1,000 awards are available for semester, summer and full-year study. Applications are due in May for awards effective for fall, spring, and full year immediately following the application deadline. Check website for exact dates.

Deadline:  May

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship offers five $500 scholarships each semester to study abroad students. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities, and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadline is typically June 1 for summer and fall. Typically, November 1 for spring. Check website for exact dates.

Deadline:  November / June

Fund for Education Abroad – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives. Spring 2021 scholarships range from $1,250 – $5,000 and can be applied for programs that run for at least 28 days.  September deadline for Spring study abroad;  January deadline for Summer and Academic year study abroad.

Deadline:  September / January

Special Note:  DACA Students Eligible

Masa Israel Journey – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Masa Israel Journey provides grants and needs-based scholarships for a study abroad program in Israel. Check your eligibility and apply for funding.

Deadline:  See website for details.

National Welsh-American Foundation Exchange Scholarship – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Scholarship program provides an opportunity for students who will study in and travel to Wales to apply for a $5,000 award. The recipient does not have to be of a Welsh ethnic background however, a connection with Wales is an important asset.

Deadline:  June

Rainbow Scholarship – Fund for Education Abroad – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

The Rainbow Scholarship awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. To be considered for the Rainbow Scholarship, applicants must self-identify on the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship application. Scholarship available to LGBTQI undergraduate US Citizens who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. Awards up to $10,000.

Deadline:  Rolling

The Turkish Coalition of America – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Turkish Coalition of America provides up to 100 scholarships per year for students of the following backgrounds: African American, Armenian American, Bosnian American, Filipino American, Hispanic American, Macedonian American, Native American. These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a language program or university study abroad program in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), or Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

Deadline:  Rolling

LAW

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The mission of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to them. In addition to whether the applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession, the applicant’s financial need; personal, family, and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be considered.

Deadline:  April

American Bar Foundation Summer Diversity Fellowships – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

American Bar Foundation Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows will work in ABF’s office in Chicago during the Summer. We are particularly impressed by students who demonstrate a strong work ethic and intellectual curiosity, and who take initiative with mentors by asking questions and expressing a genuine interest in the subject matter. Preference will be given to candidates who aspire to be a first-generation law student.  This fellowship is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and/or social science, as well as to provide guidance about the many career options under the umbrella of the legal profession. Each Fellow will be assigned an ABF research professor who will involve the Fellow in his or her research project and act as a mentor during the Fellow’s tenure. In previous years, fellows have supported faculty members’ work by conducting archival research, creating literature reviews about minority groups in the legal profession, and coding qualitative data collected from interviews and newspaper reports.  Fellows also participate in a series of in-house seminars and field visits to get acquainted with the many facets of sociolegal research and the legal system, as well as create the opportunity for long-lasting professional relationships in the sociolegal field. Past Fellows interacted with attorneys at an international law firm and a boutique IP law firm, met one-on-one with admissions representatives from local law schools, observed criminal court proceedings, and visited social justice-oriented nonprofits like the Heartland Alliance and Uptown People’s Law Center.  All Fellows will work at the ABF’s office in Chicago on a full-time basis and receive a stipend of $3,600. The ABF will arrange and pay for housing in downtown Chicago during their stay and cover the costs of domestic transportation to and from Chicago.

Deadline:  February

Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships – PG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowship provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each, to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.

Deadline:  February

MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

MALDEF, The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America MALDEF supports law students who seek to further MALDEF’s mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-15 law school scholarships of $2,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation. MALDEF’s Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students currently enrolled full time at an accredited United States law school. Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most important, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers. Deadline: February

Deadline:  February

Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships: Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The American Bar Foundation sponsors a program of summer research fellowships to interest undergraduate students from diverse background in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. Applications will be considered only from sophomores and juniors. The student will participate in a series of seminars and field visits to acquaint them with the many facets of socio-legal research and the legal system.

Deadline:  January

Women in Defense (WID) Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group:  Women

Since establishment of the Women in Defense, previously HORIZONS, has awarded more than $675,000 to more than 165 women pursuing degrees ranging from law to engineering to math to public policy.  Focus of the scholarship is on the following preferred fields of study: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, policy and diplomacy, intelligence and economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense. Awards are made based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations and financial need.  Recipients must periodically report on the award’s impact on their professional lives.  The National Defense Industrial Association, Women In Defense, and their members and partners are proud to invest in high-performing women to increase diversity and innovation in government, academia, and the defense industrial workforce.

Deadline:  March

MULTIPLE FIELDS

American Council for the Blind – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: Ability

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) annually awards approximately 20 scholarships to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community.

Deadline:  February

Baer Reintegration Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: Ability

Reintegration is an achievable goal and dreams are possible for those who have been touched by mental illness. The Center for Reintegration together with the Sidney R. Baer Jr. Foundation will continue to offer the Baer Reintegration Scholarship for those active in their recovery. The scholarships cover a part or all of an education ranging from G.E.D. to Ph.D. The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation supports the efforts of organizations working to stimulate education, research and direct care in the mental health field. A businessman and consultant, Mr. Baer personally faced mental health challenges during his lifetime and sought to alleviate the suffering of those living with mental illness. Though he attended Yale University, he was unable to complete his studies, so he returned to his hometown of St. Louis where he worked in the family business, the department store Stix, Baer & Fuller. Through his hard work, he was able to increase the family fortune and upon his death left it in trust to be distributed to programs that serve the mission of reintegration.

Deadline:  January

Christian Record Services for the Blind – Anne Lowe Scholarship – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Ability

The Anne Lowe Scholarship is awarded for the purpose of furthering educational pursuits of people who are legally blind.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

CBCF offers several scholarships that support eligible undergraduates pursuing studies in fields such as the public policy or political science, the visual and performing arts, and the health care professions.  See the website for details.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Discover UChicago – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The University of Chicago is offering talented individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations an expenses-paid opportunity to explore graduate education at the University of Chicago. Join us for a weekend of graduate admissions workshops, presentations by world-renowned faculty and their graduate students, and informal socials. Receive advice on submitting a competitive application to graduate programs and learn how to develop your own career as a scientist, academic, or professional.

Deadline:  August

Emory University Laney Graduate School (LGS) SOAR Program – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The LGS-SOAR (Summer Opportunity for Academic Research) (June 1-August 6) partners with the well-established Emory College SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) Program and will host potential LGS students (current NON-Emory Undergraduate scholars) who want to explore, experience, and conduct full-time independent and mentored research for the summer. The program is unique in that all scholars will be from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds in graduate education or who participated in NIH-RISE, NIH-IMSD, Mellon Mays, McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, OR who are first-generation college scholars who participated in Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunities Centers, or similar programs. Additionally, financial support will be provided by either LGS or the home institution of the student. Housing is also included. The 2021 LGS-SOAR Program will be a 10-week summer learning experience. LGS-SOAR scholars will participate in Professional Development and Research Ethics Sessions with the LGS-SOAR Leadership team. LGS-SOAR provides an opportunity to build your professional network and have an immersion experience that will help prepare you for graduate school in all fields of studies offered at the Laney Graduate School.

Deadline:  January

Special Note:  No citizenship requirement

Florida Council of Citizens with Low Vision International – Scheigert Scholarship – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Ability

This competitive scholarship is available to full-time college students with low vision, chosen from among those who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines.

Deadline:  March

Florida Council of the Blind Scholarship Program – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Ability

The Florida Council of the Blind (FCB) Scholarship Program consists of awards totaling $4,000, which are offered to exemplary students who are enrolled in academic education, professional, or technical training beyond the high school level.

Deadline:  March

Foster Care to Success – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Non-Traditional Family Backgrounds

FC2S partners with organizations, foundations, and individuals to deliver scholarships to foster youth across the country. With this funding and our support, hundreds of young people reach their educational goals every year.

Deadline:  March

Lighthouse Guide Scholarship – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Ability

These scholarships help legally blind high school students make a successful transition to college, support their post-graduate education, and facilitate career development. Each year, the Lighthouse Guild scholarship program helps outstanding and deserving legally blind high school students from across the country attend college with scholarships. Scholarships are based on strong academic accomplishments and merit, and provide additional financial support to help students make a successful transition from high school to a college or university of their choice. Candidates are not required to demonstrate financial need.

Deadline:  March

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program is designed to address the underrepresentation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels. As a by-product, it is expected that employment opportunities in industry will also be expanded.  Up to 50 Fellowships are awarded annually to study at one of nine participating Florida universities. Each award provides annual tuition up to $5,000 (tuition above this amount is waived by the participating institution) for each of three academic years plus an annual stipend of $12,000. (An additional two years of support at this same level is provided by the participating institution.) The award also includes a comprehensive system of counseling and professional development support.  Each annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory performance and normal progress toward the Ph.D. degree. Eligible fields of study include any field in the Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing, or the Visual and Performing Arts.

Deadline:  January

NAEHCY Scholarship Fund – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Non-Traditional Family Backgrounds

NAEHCY supports excellence in the education of homeless youth, K-12 thru higher education. Educational success for all Scholars remains an important focus of NAEHCY. We are committed to supporting our young people and ensuring they achieve their goals. As a reflection to this commitment, the 2017 Scholarship Program will be open to current and past NAEHCY Scholars and awarded as a College Completion incentive.

Deadline:  May

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Ability

To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.

Deadline:  October

Point Foundation Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship for LGBTQ Students – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+ // Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship fund for LGBTQ students in higher education, is proud to announce its new BIPOC scholarship initiative. Generations of racism and an education system born from discriminatory policies have made clear that BIPOC students face greater obstacles to educational achievement. When these challenges are combined with those faced by students who also identify as LGBTQ, the impediments can make a higher education degree seem impossible. Point aims to mitigate these issues by providing financial support, community resources, and professional development.

Deadline:  May

Point Foundation Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

Point Foundation Scholarship – Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events. Point Foundation considers many factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including: 1) A proven track record of leadership and community involvement; 2) Strong academic achievement; 3) Working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community; and 4) Financial need.   Deadline: January

Deadline:  January

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Women

This award assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Deadline:  November

The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies Fellowship Program – All – Fellowship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies (BBQ+) is an independent Center dedicated to interdisciplinary research, pedagogy, and mentorship in critical race, Indigenous, postcolonial, and queer studies. Our fellowship brings together a diverse group of scholars from undergraduates to postgraduates working across these fields in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Deadline:  June

The National Italian American Foundation Scholarships – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) offers a variety of scholarships to outstanding Italian American students from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds.

Deadline:  March

The Spencer T. Olin Fellowship – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Women

The Spencer T. Olin Fellowship for Women at Washington University in St. Louis provides for full tuition for up to 4 years for women studying in the following fields: Architecture, Art, Arts and Sciences, Business Engineering, Medicine, Social Work.

Deadline:  January

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship was established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker to encourage and support LGBTQ women in their pursuit of higher education. This program provides one-year scholarships of $1,500 or $3,000 to those graduating high school or already enrolled in college in any year of study, including graduate school. Scholarships are paid directly to the recipient’s school and are applied toward tuition.

Deadline:  June

UC Irvine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

UC Irvine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate and master’s diversity students an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects and provides an intense course of graduate preparation workshops. SURF is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree and enter academic careers, provides the tools needed to facilitate application, admission, and enrollment to graduate school. The SURF program is open to virtually all academic fields at UC Irvine. Qualified students with interest in pursuing their graduate program at UC Irvine are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline:  February

Special Note:  AB 540 Eligible

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a summer research program that provides undergraduate students from populations underrepresented in graduate study at Illinois with an opportunity to explore careers in research. The program at Illinois provides students with an experience that will help strengthen their knowledge, skills, and understanding of graduate school. Since 1986, Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at Illinois has brought talented undergraduate students from across the US and its territories, such as Puerto Rico, to our campus as an introduction to graduate study, research, and the admission process.  The many activities offered through the SROP gives participants an opportunity to establish important relationships with faculty in their respective fields of study and conduct graduate-level research under the supervision of a renowned University of Illinois faculty member. Participants will also become acquainted with the culture of graduate school and learn what is needed and expected of them as graduate students in their discipline at the University of Illinois.

Deadline:  February

Special Note:  DACA Students Eligible

Women in Defense (WID) Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group:  Women

Since establishment of the Women in Defense, previously HORIZONS, has awarded more than $675,000 to more than 165 women pursuing degrees ranging from law to engineering to math to public policy.  Focus of the scholarship is on the following preferred fields of study: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, policy and diplomacy, intelligence and economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense. Awards are made based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations and financial need.  Recipients must periodically report on the award’s impact on their professional lives.  The National Defense Industrial Association, Women In Defense, and their members and partners are proud to invest in high-performing women to increase diversity and innovation in government, academia, and the defense industrial workforce.

Deadline:  March

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: Women

The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program provides assistance to women who are survivors of intimate partner abuse with education that leads to a living wage and financial self-sufficiency, interrupting the cycle of financial abuse within the larger context of economic justice. WISP is available nationally to women who have left an abusive intimate partner relationship and who are pursuing an education with the goal of providing economic independence for themselves and their children.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Public Service

American Atheists Gay/Lesbian College Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

American Atheists is proud to award two Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism. These scholarships recognize atheist activism in the area of LGBT equality. You do not have to be a member of the LGBT community to receive this scholarship; allies are encouraged to apply.

Deadline:  March

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies – Summer Internship Program – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The APAICS Summer Internship Program is an eight-week program that provides select undergraduate students the opportunity to work in Washington. DC., and experience American politics and public policy. APAICS Interns are placed in U.S. Congressional offices, federal agencies, or partner Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) non-profit organizations. The program develops leadership and professional skills, encourages political and civic engagement, and fosters a strong interest in public service careers.

Deadline:  February

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice – All – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

THE Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Special Note:  Not currently accepting unsolicited proposals.

Bee’s Fund – All – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

We are proud to offer grants that benefit LGBTQ individuals who have an express need for support. These microgrants, as we call them, range from $25 to $650, with some flexibility depending on the request. Right now, microgrants are made exclusively through the Bee Winkler Weinstein Fund and are awarded to help young women that have lost family support because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in becoming self-sufficient. Applicants must be between 18 and 25 years old, reside in the United States, and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or gender nonconforming.

Deadline:  July

Center for Third World Organizing Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) – UG – Internship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Since 1985, the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) is an intensive seven-week, full-time field-based internship that has produced over 300 organizers of color that have been working in the social and economic justice movement. MAAP is for movement activists of color committed to learning the theory and practice of building social justice movements through community and labor organizing. Interns are placed at one of several partner organizations throughout the U.S. and work full-time under close supervision of an organizing campaign at a community organization or labor union.

Deadline:  May

CHCI Public Policy Fellowship – PG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Begin your path toward becoming one of our nation’s future Latino policymakers. Recent college graduates can take advantage of this paid fellowship, which opens doors for talented young Latinos who are pursuing a career in public policy. You will spend nine months working in Washington, D.C., with significant exposure to leaders in congressional offices, federal agencies, national nonprofit advocacy organizations, government-related institutes, and more—growing both personally and professionally during your fellowship experience.

Deadline:  January

Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards – UG – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

Each year, the Colin Higgins Foundation salutes and celebrates courage in the face of adversity and discrimination by awarding grants to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 20) who have transformed their experiences with bigotry and discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, building community, and working to change the systems and institutions that impact their lives.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Special Note:  Candidates must be nominated by local chapter.

Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership Scholarship and Internship Program – UG – Internship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

CAPAL’s Scholarship and  Internship Program will place students in internships within the federal government in Washington, DC. Opportunities in regional offices, including California, Wisconsin, and Texas, may be possible. Last year, 14 interns were placed in program management, legal, and finance positions. These internship positions are open to ALL MAJORS and are suited for individuals looking to gain real-world federal government experience. CAPAL has partnerships with many Federal Agencies including Agricultural Research Services, National Credit Union Administration, and Forest Service. Depending on your interests and placement, intern duties could vary and may include policy or scientific research, project coordination and management, business, law, communication, and more.

Deadline:  March

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders Internship Program – UG – Internship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The semester-long Emerging Leaders Internship Program sponsored by Walmart creates a corps of trained, young leaders with the skills, outlook, and contacts necessary to generate and sustain positive change in Washington, D.C. and their local communities. Interns will receive housing, a stipend, and will be placed in Congressional Black Caucus member offices and federal agencies. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; should be at least a college sophomore at the time of application; have a permit to work in the U.S.; and have a demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and the policy-making process. Recent college graduates are eligible as long as they have not yet started post-graduate studies and have graduated no more than a year from the internship program start date.

Deadline:  July

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internships – UG – Internship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

CBCF’s internship programs prepare college students and young professionals to become principled leaders, skilled policy analysts, and informed advocates by exposing them to the processes that develop national policies and implement them – from Capitol Hill to federal field offices. CBCF offers three internship programs: the Congressional Internship Program, the Emerging Leaders Internship Program, and the Communications Internship Program.

Deadline:  July

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program – UG – Internship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

During CHCI’s paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service.

Deadline:  October / December / February

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Graduate Fellowship Program – PG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed for exceptional emerging Latino leaders who want to immerse themselves in a specific public policy area. This paid, nine-month fellowship will provide you with valuable work experience, access to powerful Latino network, and a chance to showcase your public policy knowledge on Capitol Hill.

Deadline:  January

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Over the past decade, the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Priority Populations has recognized students for their commitment to community service and use of the creative arts to raise awareness of tobacco’s harmful impacts in disproportionately affected communities. The scholarship program is named after Dr. Alma S. Adams, a founding board member of Truth Initiative who is now serving as a member of Congress representing North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. Dr. Adams’ public service to North Carolina began with her election to the Greensboro City School Board in the 1980s when she became the first African-American woman ever elected to the board. She also taught art history for four decades at Bennett College, a historically black liberal arts college in Greensboro.

Deadline:  April

Echoing Green Foundation Fellowships – PG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Echoing Green Fellowship program provides start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. The fellowship provides a stipend of $80,000 for individuals (or $90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years; a health insurance stipend; a yearly professional development stipend; conferences led by organizational development experts; access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization; a community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world. The fellowship includes: the Global Fellowship, the Black Male Achievement Fellowship, and the Climate Fellowship.

Deadline:  October / April

Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women & Public Policy – PG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Women

In honor of pioneering feminist economist Mariam K. Chamberlain (MKC), IWPR offers a fellowship in public policy to a promising scholar each year. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women. Eligible candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree in a social science discipline (such as sociology, psychology, education, or public policy), statistics, economics, mathematics or women’s studies. There are no citizenship requirements specified, but you must be able to work in the United States. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women. Responsibilities include: reviewing and compiling literature and information; collecting, checking and analyzing data; preparing reports and report graphics; fact checking and editing; and attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings.

Deadline:  February

Morris K. Udall Scholarship – UG – 2nd & 3rd years – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Udall Scholarship* – The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2020, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. Udall Scholars are selected on the basis of: Commitment to a career related to the environment, or to tribal public policy, or to American Indian health care; Leadership, public service, consensus building, and integrity; Academic achievement; and an understanding of the Udall legacy, demonstrated through the application essay.   Deadline: March – see website for details.   * Requires Institutional Review or Endorsement

Deadline:  March

National AIDS Memorial Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

The Scholarship is open to all current high school seniors, and college freshman, sophomores and juniors (ages 27 and younger) who demonstrate an active commitment to fighting AIDS and taking on roles of public service and leadership (e.g. providing peer-based prevention and education; engaging in advocacy or grass-roots activism; raising public awareness; and/or delivering practical, emotional or treatment support to people living with HIV/AIDS), and who plan to continue to find ways to make a difference in the epidemic through their careers or through public service opportunities after their education is complete.

Deadline:  July

Native American Congressional Internship – All – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government. The internship is funded by theNative Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy. There are internships for undergraduates, graduates, and law students.

Deadline:  February

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic graduate level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. Fellowship includes full tuition to attend PPIA Junior Summer Institute, plus a minimum $1,000 stipend. Minimum of $5,000 toward graduate school tuition.

Deadline:  November

Running Start’s Congressional Fellowship – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Women

Each spring and fall, seven Running Start/Walmart Congressional Fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process. Running Start is nonpartisan and looks for applicants from across the political spectrum for this program. Star Fellows intern for a female Member of Congress Monday through Thursday and each Friday are trained by political experts in Running Start’s office and then mentored by high level political mentors. Star Fellows live together in a house on Capitol Hill, free of charge, and are provided with a living stipend for the semester.

Deadline:  March

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards – All – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: Women

This award assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Deadline:  November

The Lime Connect Fellowship Program – UG – 2nd years only – Fellowship
Focus Group: Ability

The Lime Connect Fellowship Program For Students with Disabilities is our flagship program in the U.S. designed for highly accomplished rising juniors with disabilities. This highly selective program: guides Fellows through the summer internship recruitment process, connects them with our corporate partners for potential summer internships, deepens their leadership skills, prepares them for success in their internship, builds their confidence as a person with a disability, engages them in a Lime Connect Fellowship community, consisting of current and past Fellows provides access to prestigious scholarships

Deadline:  March

The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) at CAPAL – All – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is a series of free evening leadership training programs that the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) organizes each summer for interns in Washington, DC. For the last two decades, WLP has been one of the main educational and leadership development working series in Washington, DC that focuses specifically on the APA community and our role in public policy.

Deadline:  Rolling

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students – All – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Young Women in Public Affairs Award – UG – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: Women

Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Service Fellowships - International

Global Health Corps – PG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Global Health Corps  (Africa) Global Health Corps is building the next generation of diverse health leaders. We offer a range of paid fellowship roles with health organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia and the opportunity to develop as a transformative leader in the health equity movement. Everyone has a role to play in the health equity movement!

Deadline:  January

Social & Behavioral Sciences

American Political Science Assoc. Minority Fellows Program – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Student Fellowship) to increase the number of African American graduate students in the discipline. In 1979 the Chicano Student Fellowship was established. Overtime, the fellowship program has expanded to include support for racial and ethnic underrepresented scholars. Since its inception, the APSA MFP has designated more than 600 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals.

Deadline:  October

Special Note:  Doctoral students

Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize Competition – All – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgement of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined. Papers are judged according to the following criteria: use of relevant LGBTQ and/or feminist anthropological theory and literature, potential for contribution to and advancement of queer studies and our understanding of sexualities worldwide, attention to difference (gender, class, race, ethnicity, nation), originality, organization and coherence, and timeliness.

Deadline:  June

Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships: Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The American Bar Foundation sponsors a program of summer research fellowships to interest undergraduate students from diverse background in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. Applications will be considered only from sophomores and juniors. The student will participate in a series of seminars and field visits to acquaint them with the many facets of socio-legal research and the legal system.

Deadline:  January

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides up to $20,000/year (renewable) for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral, or social science health-related research.   Deadline:  February – see website for details.

Deadline:  March

Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants – PG – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

The Roy Scrivner Research Grants provide graduate student grants (preference given to dissertation candidates) for empirical or applied research that encourages the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) family psychology and LGBT family therapy. Researchers from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Deadline:  November

Short-Term Research Experience For Underrepresented Persons – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers. 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience; Students receive a summer research stipend; Students are assigned to a STEP-UP Coordinating Center to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience; Students are paired with experienced research mentors at institutions throughout the nation; Students are encouraged to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research; Students receive training in the responsible conduct of research; All-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Students are given the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation. The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

Deadline:  See website for details.

Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program – UG – 2nd year or higher – Internship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Established in 2003, the Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program for Minority Students provides awards to outstanding minority students to support their studies in the areas of insurance/risk management, accounting, economics, or business/finance and to encourage their consideration of the surety industry and surety/fidelity underwriting as a career choice.

Deadline:  September / January

Wayne F. Placek Grants – PG – Awards, Grants, Prizes
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research to increase the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations. Since 1995, the Placek Fund has granted more than $1 million. The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research that addresses the following topics: Heterosexuals’ attitudes and behaviors toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including prejudice, discrimination and violence. Family and workplace issues relevant to LGBT people. Special concerns of sectors of the LGBT population that have historically been underrepresented in scientific research.

Deadline:  March

Women in Defense (WID) Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group:  Women

Since establishment of the Women in Defense, previously HORIZONS, has awarded more than $675,000 to more than 165 women pursuing degrees ranging from law to engineering to math to public policy.  Focus of the scholarship is on the following preferred fields of study: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, policy and diplomacy, intelligence and economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense. Awards are made based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations and financial need.  Recipients must periodically report on the award’s impact on their professional lives.  The National Defense Industrial Association, Women In Defense, and their members and partners are proud to invest in high-performing women to increase diversity and innovation in government, academia, and the defense industrial workforce.

Deadline:  March

STEM

American Association for the Advancement of Science Entry Point Fellowship – All – Internship
Focus Group: Ability

Entry Point! identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities.

Deadline:  September

American Chemical Society Scholars Program – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The American Chemical Society Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships of up to $5,000 to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields, such as environmental science, toxicology and chemical technology. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors are eligible to apply.

Deadline:  March

American Physical Society APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women and Underrepresented Minorities – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic // Women

The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor two undergraduate research internship programs: the APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women, and the APS/IBM Research Internships for Underrepresented Minority Students. The goal of these internships is to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. Any student who identifies as a woman and an underrepresented minority is eligible to apply to both internships.

Deadline:  February

Special Note:  No citizenship requirements (soph+junior standing, US colleges)

AT&T Labs Internships – PG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Each summer, research interns from universities all over the US come to AT&T Labs Research for 10 weeks to work with AT&T Researchers on exciting, real-world research projects. Interns have access to relevant data, expertise and mentoring by AT&T Researchers. As part of the vibrant intern community, interns have the opportunity to build long lasting relationships with student peers and industry Researchers. Applicants for summer internships may be members of an existing university collaboration or may apply as individuals. Candidates are typically graduate students but advanced undergraduates will also be considered in exceptional cases. Internship eligibility qualifications: Currently enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a graduate school program leading to a PhD. Major field must be in computer science, math, statistics, electrical engineering, operations research, systems engineering, industrial engineering, or related fields. US Citizenship or residence is NOT a requirement, but students must have a US social security number.

Deadline:  See website for details.

BHW Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: Women

The BHW Scholarship provides $3000 of scholarship support to women who are pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics during the 2022 school year.

Deadline:  April

Caltech’s WAVE Fellows Program – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Caltech’s WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech’s programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women (in certain fields), first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. All applicants will be considered without regard to race or gender.  WAVE Fellows will have the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of Caltech faculty working at the frontier of their fields.  Applicants will identify several possible mentors with whom they are interested in working. Fellows will carry out the work over a 10-week period during the summer and submit two interim reports, a research abstract, and final paper. At the conclusion of the program, students give an oral or poster presentation at one of several SURF Seminar Days, symposia modeled on a professional technical meeting.  For summer 2021, WAVE Fellows will receive an award of $6,620 for 10 weeks, a $2,000 housing supplement for campus housing, and travel to and from Caltech. Caltech housing is available and we strongly encourage all Fellows to live on campus. The 2021 WAVE Fellows program dates are June 14 through August 20.

Deadline:  January

Special Note:  DACA Students Eligible

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The mission of the Gateways to the Laboratory Program is to increase the number of students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine and science who are prepared to become competitive applicants, successful MD-PhD students, and future leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine. Current college freshmen and sophomores who are members of groups historically underrepresented in medicine and science:  Individuals from racial and ethnic minorities; Individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds; Individuals with disabilities.  Students receive a stipend of $6,000, housing in Weill Cornell Medicine student housing (at no cost to them), and reimbursement for their travel expenses.  Additionally, financial support is provided for family to travel to and stay in NYC in order to attend the final Symposium.

Deadline:  February

Google Lime Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: Ability

Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities.  Recipients of the Google Lime Scholarship receive a scholarship for the academic year and the opportunity for a virtual “Google Lime Scholars” gathering to connect Scholars with each other, Google Scholar program leads, other Googlers (including Google Lime Scholars from previous years), and the Lime Connect team. Candidates will also be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google.  Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and a demonstrated passion for computer science – $10,000 for those studying in the US.

Deadline:  December

Minimizing Health Disparities (MHD) Undergraduate Summer Research – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The University of Arizona’s Minimizing Health Disparities (MHD) Undergraduate Summer Research Program offers summer research experience for students from underrepresented groups interested in careers in biomedical research, with a focus on minority health disparities.  10 weeks, $4,000 stipend, research credit, on-campus housing available.

Deadline:  January

Morris K. Udall Scholarship – UG – 2nd & 3rd years – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Udall Scholarship* – The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2020, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. Udall Scholars are selected on the basis of: Commitment to a career related to the environment, or to tribal public policy, or to American Indian health care; Leadership, public service, consensus building, and integrity; Academic achievement; and an understanding of the Udall legacy, demonstrated through the application essay.   Deadline: March – see website for details.

Deadline:  March

Special Note: *Requires Institutional Review or Endorsement*

National GEM Consortium Ph.D. Science Fellowship – PG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The objective of the GEM Ph.D Fellowship is to increase the number of minority students who pursue doctoral degrees in the natural science disciplines — chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and computer science. Applicants to this program are accepted as early as their senior undergraduate year, as well as candidates currently enrolled in a Master’s of Engineering program and working professionals. Fellowships offered through this program are portable and may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted.  During the first academic year of being awarded the GEM Fellowship, the GEM Consortium remits a stipend and a cost of instruction grant to the institution where the fellow is enrolled. Thereafter, up to the fifth year of the doctoral program, continued financial support of the GEM Fellow is borne by the GEM University through alternative sources of funding such as institutional awards, assistantships or other external fellowships. Continued support from the GEM University will be contingent upon the GEM Fellow remaining in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress in their graduate program. Fellows are provided a paid graduate level summer work experience through the Employer Member for at least one summer.

Deadline:  November

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program – UG – Scholarship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides up to $20,000/year (renewable) for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral, or social science health-related research.

Deadline:  March

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Out to Innovate Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: LGBTQ+

NOGLSTP is a professional society that educates and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community. The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBTQ+ students in STEM careers.

Deadline:  June

New York University Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) – UG – Research
Focus Group: LGBTQ+ // Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

New York University’s Department of Biology and Center for Genomics and Systems Biology offer a summer program for undergraduates with career interests in biological research. This 10-week program places students in laboratories of NYU faculty.  The primary goals of this program are to introduce our research and training programs to non-NYU students, and to diversify the scientific workforce in the field of biology. Students are provided with housing, stipend, and a meal plan. Support is provided by the Biology Department, the Center for Genomics & Systems Biology, NYU’s Dean for Science, and NYU’s Office for Diversity Initiatives. Priority will be given to students who are underrepresented, from diverse cultural backgrounds, of LGBTQIA+ identities, and first generation college students.

Deadline:  January

Special Note:  DACA Students Eligible

Pharmacological Science Summer Diversity Program (PSSDP) at the U of Washington – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program (“PSSDP” or “the Program”) provides research opportunities for talented undergraduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to perform hands-on research in the basic biological and physical sciences, in the broadly defined areas of drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, cellular pharmacology, molecular pharmacology, and biophysical virology. The Program will host three undergraduate students in the Departments of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacology, selected from a national pool of applicants as well as those enrolled at the UW. In addition to intensive research experiences, participants will benefit from graduate student, post-doctoral, and faculty mentors. Participants will also receive a generous stipend, living accommodations, and a transportation allowance for travel to and from the UW campus.

Deadline:  February

Special Note:  DACA Students Eligible

Short-Term Education Program For Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers.  Benefits include: 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience; Students receive a summer research stipend; Students are assigned to a STEP-UP Coordinating Center to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience; Students are paired with experienced research mentors at institutions throughout the nation; Students are encouraged to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research. Students receive training in the responsible conduct of research. All-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Students are given the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation. The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

Deadline:  February

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) – UG – Research
Focus Group: LGBTQ+ // Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful proteges are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years. SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, veterans and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

Deadline:  February

TAURUS (Texas Astronomy Undergraduate Research experience for Under-represented Students) – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The TAURUS program is a full-time, 9-week summer research experience for highly-motivated undergraduate students from underserved and traditionally marginalized groups. We prepare these excellent students to enter graduate school in top-rated astronomy programs or the STEM workforce by providing authentic research experiences, ongoing professional development, and community support beyond the conclusion of the summer program. We are committed to addressing structural and cultural marginalization (people of color, LGBTQIA, those with disabilities, intersectional groups) within academic research through discussion and building a strong sense of community via mutual respect as scientists, learners, and individuals.

Deadline:  February

Special Note:  No citizenship requirements

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), offers undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. The SR-EIP is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities including students who identify as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives) and US Pacific Islander, to consider research careers in the academic, public, or private sectors.

Deadline:  February

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with educational opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented and minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM.  As a MLEF participant, you will train under the mentorship of scientists and engineers while working on mission-focused research projects. During the 10-week appointment, you will receive a weekly stipend, and may be eligible for housing and travel allowances. You will also gain insight into how the Department of Energy is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.

Deadline:  January

University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) – UG – Research
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

SROP at U-M strives to increase the number of diverse students with unique experiences by supporting their preparation for graduate studies. Through intensive mentorship, active learning, and enrichment activities, SROP fosters a community of scholars who increase social and cultural capital and networking while mastering research skills and knowledge that advances their preparation as candidates for successful graduate study at U-M and success in future careers, increasing representation in professional fields.

Deadline:  January

Special Note:  DACA Students Eligible

Women In Defense Scholarship – All – Scholarship
Focus Group: Women

Since establishment of the Women in Defense Scholarship, previously HORIZONS, more than $675,000 has been awarded to more than 165 women pursuing degrees ranging from law to engineering to math to public policy.  Focus of the scholarship is on the following preferred fields of study: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, policy and diplomacy, intelligence and economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense. Awards are made based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations and financial need.  Recipients must periodically report on the award’s impact on their professional lives.  The National Defense Industrial Association, Women In Defense, and their members and partners are proud to invest in high-performing women to increase diversity and innovation in government, academia, and the defense industrial workforce.

Deadline:  March

Xerox Internships and Co-Op Programs – All – Internship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

Xerox internship programs will give you many opportunities for personal, professional and social development. In addition to attending Xerox technology workshops and presentations, you’ll also be involved in manager and intern activities, social networking events, and senior leadership round tables, panels and presentations.

Deadline:  Varies

TEACHING FELLOWSHIPS - NATIONAL

Andover Phillips Academy Institute of the Recruitment of Teachers – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study. IRT sponsors a summer workshop for 25-30 students who apply to the program during their junior or senior years of college. Participants engage in a graduate-level curriculum of critical, cultural, and educational theory during an intense four-week program at Phillips Academy in July; students and faculty work together nine hours each day, seven days a week.

Deadline:  March

Uncommon Schools Summer Teaching Fellowship (STF) – UG – Fellowship
Focus Group: Minority, Underrepresented, Ethnic

The Summer Teaching Fellowship (STF) is a unique, highly competitive teacher recruitment and preparation program designed to introduce college juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to teaching and urban education reform. Through hands-on experience in Uncommon schools, mentorship, and tailored professional development, Fellows develop the skills necessary for leading high-achieving classrooms. Fellows come from college campuses across the United States. Fellows will work and teach in one of Uncommon schools with the support of a mentor teacher, Summer Academy Director, and STF staff. They engage in professional development sessions 2-3 times per week. To build cohort community, Fellows also take part in a range of fun social and cultural events together.

Deadline:  November / January / March