These programs are, for the most part, annual programs; students should check the websites of each program for individual application deadlines.
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU)
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.
Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.
Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU sites.
The current competition cycle for this program is now closed. The information and application materials posted on this Web site are for reference only and may change with the next competition cycle, which will begin in Fall 2014.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. This program is open to undergraduate students in a broad spectrum of DHS mission-relevant research areas and graduate students interested in the specific field of Nuclear and Radiological Threat Detection.
The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct research at federal research facilities located across the country. The goal of this program is to engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM issues and to promote long-term relationships between student researchers, DHS, and federal research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.
DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the application and review process, notification, and implementation of the program.
DHS reserves the right to make no awards or to cancel this program. DHS assumes no liability for canceling the HS-STEM Summer Internship Program or for anyone’s failure to receive actual notification of cancellation.
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) established the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) program in 2009 to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in fundamental research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computer and computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S who will pursue careers in research critical to the Office of Science mission at DOE laboratories and in academia.
The DOE SCGF is a three-year award, providing partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research allowance for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and either a first- or second-year graduate student, or an undergraduate senior at the time of applying, and must be pursuing or plan to pursue graduate study and research in areas relevant to the science programs supported by the DOE Office of Science. Applications are subject to rigorous peer review by external experts based on established merit review criteria.
For program-related questions, please contact SCGFInfo@science.doe.gov.
Fellowships, Grants, and Internships
American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Entry Point! Program
Offers summer internships in government, industry for undergrads and graduate students with disabilities.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Minority Access to Research Careers
FASEB has offered grants through the MARC program for more than two decades. The program was created by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences to boost the representation of minority individuals in the biomedical and behavioral sciences
Gates Millenium Scholars
Students must be nominated by a professional educator for the program, which offers financial support to underrepresented minorities with demonstrated leadership ability, a GPA of at least 3.3, and financial need. 1,000 scholarships are awarded every year.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) links minority undergrads with disadvantaged backgrounds to summer research opportunities with HHMI professors and investigators. EXROP graduates pursuing PhDs in the biological sciences can apply for a Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study, which offers up to five weeks of support.
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Offers scholarships to gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds of up to $20,000 a year for up to four years. Students complete a 10-week summer lab experience after school year for which they received the award, and also agree to work full-time in an NIH research lab, one year for every year of their scholarship.
Become a Postbaccalaureate Trainee at the National Institutes of Health!
If you are an advanced undergraduate student or recent bachelor’s degree recipient interested in health or in biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health has training programs for you!
Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award: A year-long research experience to prepare recent college graduates for careers in science and the health care professions.
National Institute of Standards and Technology – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Laboratories’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics, and engineering. Applications for participation in the Boulder SURF program are accepted only from colleges or universities and not from individual students. Please prepare a single proposal from your institution to the SURF NIST Boulder program. This proposal, consisting of forms provided by NIST Boulder, will include a portion completed by an institutional representative and a set of materials to be provided by each student applicant. Opportunities are available in the fields of Chemical Science and Technology, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics.
The National Research Council of the National Academies Research Associateship Programs
The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
NDSEG is a 3-year fellowship for science and engineering PhD students.
We pay full tuition and all mandatory fees, plus a health insurance allowance.
You get a stipend, starting at $30,500 per year.
You can attend any accredited U.S. institution.
National Security Agency
The NSA/CSS core missions are to protect U.S. national security systems and to produce foreign signals intelligence information. The NSA has a variety of Internship and training programs for undergraduate students including the following:
- Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP)
- Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program (CES SP)
- Cryptologic Access Summer Intern Program (CAP)
- Cyber Summer Program (CSP)
- Director’s Summer Program (DSP)
- HR Intern Program
- Installation & Logistics (I&L) Intern Program
- Intelligence Analysis Summer Program
- Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services (OHESS) Intern Program
- Semester Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIP/ST)
- Strategic Communications Internship Program (SSCIP)
- Summer Language Program
- Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIP/IA)
SMART – Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation
The premiere scholarship program supporting the education of America’s future scientists and engineers. The Department of Defense is to offer scholarships and post-graduation career opportunities for our nation’s research leaders of tomorrow.