STEM Scholarships

STEM Scholarships

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships Abroad (and Internships in the U.S.) Related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM):

Most of the scholarships listed in other sections of this website accept applications from STEM majors so you should review the other sections of "International Opportunities" as well. The programs below are specifically looking for STEM majors.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship: Barry Goldwater Website

This scholarship is designed for junior and senior undergraduates seeking their degree in math, science, engineering, and technology. In order to be nominated, you must contact Rowan's faculty representative, Dr. Eve Sledjeski, sledjeski@rowan.edu. The application process is open to all students who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Bulletin of Information posted on the website and are nominated by the Goldwater Faculty Representative. Students planning on studying medicine may apply if they plan to pursue research. Up to $7,500 will be awarded, which can be used for Study Abroad programs. In order to apply, students must have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.


Boren Scholarships: Summer Initiative for STEM Majors: Boren Scholarships Website

The Boren Scholarships offer a special initiative for undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors. The scholarships fund up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum of 8 weeks) for students majoring in STEM fields who plan to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. STEM majors are also encouraged to apply for semester and year Study Abroad programs; the grant pays $10,00 for a semester-long program and $20,000 for a full academic year. Since students who receive funding must commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation, this grant is appropriate only for students who are interested in working for the government in some capacity related to national security. For more information about the types of jobs that would fulfill the service requirement, see here. Although many STEM students choose study abroad programs that offer courses in STEM fields, it is not required, but significant language study must be a part of the proposed Study Abroad program. Students interested in applying for this grant should contact Rowan's Boren campus representative, Dr. Corinne Blake, blake@rowan.edu, AFTER they review the website carefully. Deadlines are typically in January.


CIA Internships CIA Internships Website

The CIA offers a variety of well-paid internships in Washington D.C. during the summer for students with a STEM background who are interested in national security issues. Many of their internships are for computer science or engineering majors, but they also have positions for students wth other STEM majors. These positions are very competitive; applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, completed at least one year of college, and be willing to move to Washington D.C. for the summer. Applications are due at least a year in advance, preferably earlier because of the intense screening process. The CIA also has a program for freshmen who are interested in purusing a career with the CIA's Directorate of Operations after graduation (Internship Program for Freshmen) as well as a need-based tuition scholarship program (CIA Undergraduate Scholarships).


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX): Congress-Bundestag Website

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the U.S. Department of State and the German Bundestag that provides 75 American and 75 German Young Professionals annually the opportunity to spend one year in each others' countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. Participants from a wide range of backgrounds and career fields are welcome to apply, but the program is ideal for students studying business, engineering, and technical fields; ability to speak German is an asset, but not a requirement. Recipients of the grant will receive two months of intensive German, study their field at a German university for 4 months, then complete an internship in their field for 5 months. Applicants must be between the ages of 18-24, possess a high school diploma, and have some experience in career field (volunteer, internship, or paid work); students may apply while still in college or as a graduating senior. The deadline is typically December 1.


DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering: RISE Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a variety of programs for undergraduate and graduate STEM majors to study and/or conduct research in German universities - and even to earn advanced degrees. The RISE program listed above offers 10-week to 3 month summer internships for undergraduate STEM majors who have completed at least two years of study. German is not required, but recipients may enroll in an intensive German courses before beginning the internship. The scholarship pays about 650 Euros/month, which is meant to cover room and board but not airfare. Applications are typically due by January 15. For information about additional programs for STEM undergraduates and graduates, go to https://www.daad.org/en/study-research-in-germany/


 
FBI Internships and Recent Graduates Program FBI Programs for Students

For students interested in national security, the FBI offers programs to undergraduate and graduate students with STEM majors including
the Honors Internship Program, a 10-week, paid internship where students work with FBI employees in various locations in Washington D.C. or in field offices around the country. They also have a Collegiate Hiring Initiative for recent graduates. For both programs, applicants must maintain a 2.95 or better GPA, pass all of the FBI employment background investigations, and be able to receive a Top Secret security clearance. Assignments are based on the current skills needed by the FBI. Needless to say, these programs are extremely competitive, but they are actively looking for STEM students, especially students with expertise in computer science. Applications for the internships usually come out in August for the following year.

National Security Agency (NSA) Internships NSA Internship Website

The NSA offers a number of well-paid 12-week summer internship programs for STEM students interested in a career in intelligence and national security. Many of the programs are for computer scientists, but they also offer internship programs for math majors, engineers, etc. These internships are very competitive. Requirements vary, but in general, applicants must be US citizens with at least a 3.5 GPA; they must also be able to pass an intensive screening, including a polygraph. Applications are typically due in September or early October. 


STEM Undergraduates and STEM Graduates undergraduates.science.gov and graduates.science.gov

These are search engines to find scholarships and research internships for STEM students sponsored by the federal government. You can search by the type of program (summer, research, etc.), the discipline, the federal agency, and the geographic area (e.g. "international"). Undergraduates scholarships are mainly in the U.S., but the graduates section includes a number of grants to other countries.


The Whitaker International Program: Whitaker Website

The Whitaker International Program sends graduating seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. The goal of the program is to "assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook." Both academic year and summer programs are available. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting. In terms of requirements, students must have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure. They must also be nominated by the Dean of a School or Chair of the biomedical engineering department. Applications are due at the beginning of January.