Other Related Programs (for U.S. students)

This listing is provided as a resource for Nakatani RIES U.S. Fellowship Alumni and other students, faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about other, related programs for science and engineering students in the U.S. and abroad. This resource list is provided as a courtesy to our alumni and other students and does not imply endorsement of these programs by the Nakatani Foundation and/or Rice University. Students should consult the program website for detailed and updated eligibility criteria and application deadline information.  If you know of other programs that you would like added to this page please email nakatani-ries@rice.edu.

First Steps

If you have not already done so, your first step should be to visit your home university offices that provide information and support to students seeking to participate in international, research, internship or volunteer programs.  Even if it is the first semester of your freshman year, it is never too early to visit these offices and learn more about the array of resources that may be available to you.  Graduate students – don’t forget that you are typically eligible to receive support and resources from these office too!

For reference, here are links to some of these offices at Rice University.  We encourage you to investigate the offices available on your campus too.

Opportunities by Type

Note: The program information provided below is for informational purposes only.  Students should consult the program websites for detailed and updated information on eligibility requirements and application deadlines for the current year.

Opportunities in Japan

Amgen Scholars Program – Japan 
The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world's leading institutions.

ACCJ Internship Portal
The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), has launched the ACCJ Internship Portal – an online platform that posts student internship listings from participating ACCJ member companies. 

Boren Fellowships for Graduate Students
Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholarships for UG Students
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Bridging Scholarships for UG Study in Japan
Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Critical Language Scholarship Program 
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Freeman-Asia Scholarship for UG Study Abroad
Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) provides scholarships for undergraduate study abroad in East and Southeast Asia.

Gilman Scholarship for Undergraduate Study Abroad 
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Global E3 Study Abroad Exchange Program (For Consortium Members) 
Global E³ is an exchange program for engineering students: a student can study abroad while continuing to pay tuition at home. With member universities in 24 countries, students at over 70 universities have the opportunity to study abroad. Global E³ exchanges about 250-300 students a year. To be eligible to apply, your home university in the U.S. must be a member of the Global E3 Consortium. 

Hokkaido University Exchange Programs in English (HUSTEP)
The Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP) is a 'junior year abroad' type program designed to provide undergraduate students from affiliated universities with the opportunity to study in Japan at Hokkaido University. Participants in this program take a wide variety of classes offered in English in the fields of Culture and Society, Environment, Science and Technology.

Hokkaido University Graduate Degree Programs in English
The following programs are taught and supported entirely in English, and are designed to open our doors to students from around the world who are seeking enroll in top-class degree programs in Japan. Our welcoming, exciting, multicultural campus will prepare you for success in the diverse global economy. You will enjoy abundant opportunities to work closely and collaboratively with faculty and fellow students and to engage in cutting-edge research, enriching your study abroad experience.

Japan-America Student Conference
The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is a student-led exchange program, initiated in 1934 by university students concerned by the breakdown of bilateral relations prior to the Second World War. Today, an equal number of students from the U.S. and Japan are competitively selected each year to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Japan-U.S. relations while visiting four diverse regions in the host country. JASC alternates its host country every year, emphasizing the personal connections between two distinct cultures gathered together in one place.

Japan English Teaching (JET) Program
The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators. The JET Program seeks participants who are adaptable, outgoing, and who have a deep interest in Japan. Only the best candidates are chosen to represent America. The JET Program typically receives 4,000-5,000 applications each year from U.S. applicants. Of these, 1,000-1,100 will be selected for participation on the JET Program.

JASSO Scholarships 
Learn more about the wide array of funding for study and research opportunities in Japan offered by these Japanese government scholarships.  Note: For many of these you may need to apply through your host university in Japan. 

JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan
JSPS provides fellowship programs for overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. The programs are intended to help advance the overseas researchers' research activities while promoting science and internationalization in Japan. The “JSPS International fellowships for research in Japan” consists of two programs: “Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan” for young researchers and “Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan” for mid-career and senior researchers.

Kyoto University: Exchange Program
There are two types of exchange programs for students whose institutions have a university-level student exchange agreement with Kyoto University. Both programs accept students for a semester (6 months) or for two semesters (12 months). In every beginning of January, Kyoto University sends the application guide for both programs to all partner universities.

Monbukagakusho Scholarships
Learn more about the wide array of funding for study and research opportunities in Japan offered by these Japanese government scholarships.  Note: For many of these you may need to apply through your host university in Japan. 

NSF East-Asia Pacific Summer Institutes for Graduate Students
An EAPSI award provides U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture, and language. It is expected that EAPSI awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology: Doctoral Degree Program in English
The Graduate School accepts about 40 full-time graduate students per year.Funding for your research is guaranteed, no matter which research unit you choose for your thesis work. The OIST Graduate University provides the financial support from its operations budget.This ensures low numbers of students for each faculty member so that we can deliver best-in-the-world teaching for our graduate program. The basic requirement for the OIST Graduate Program is completion of a Bachelors, Masters or equivalent degree prior to the admission date.Students follow an individually tailored academic program providing a strong foundation in their chosen discipline with many interdisciplinary opportunities. An outstanding research environment for thesis research gives students the best possible opportunity to realize their full potential in research.  

Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology: Research Internship Program
In addition to the OIST Doctoral Program, seminars, and workshops, the OIST Graduate School offers education and research opportunities through a system of undergraduate and graduate placements as Research Interns. These short-term placements as a Research Intern give talented students the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique.

Osaka University: Frontier Lab Program
FrontierLab@OsakaU is a program for placing international undergraduate and graduate students in laboratories of the following schools: Science, Engineering Science, Engineering, Information Science and Technology, or one of their departmental schools for a period of up to 12 months. Participants can also take international exchange subjects and Japanese language and other related subjects if they wish.

Osaka University: School of Science International Physics M.S. or PhD in English
IPC offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in many different fields of physics, both in theory and experiment, from nuclear and particle physics to condensed matter physics and so on. Students also have the possibility to conduct research with large-scale lasers or accelerator facilities and to participate in large-scale international collaborations.

RIKEN Brain Science Institute Summer Program
The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (RIKEN BSI), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. Applicants may choose either a two-month laboratory internship (Plan A) within a RIKEN BSI laboratory, or an intensive 5-day lecture course (Plan B) featuring a distinguished international faculty

Tokyo Institute of Technology | International Graduate Program
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) launched its International Graduate Program (IGP) in October 2007 as an opportunity for qualified international students, who may have little or no knowledge of the Japanese language, to enroll in Tokyo Tech's master's or doctoral programs and pursue advanced degrees in Japan.
With a varied group of academic departments participating in this program, students should be able to find a department in which to further their research, acquire broader knowledge and understanding, and conduct advanced long-term research in a field that best matches their interests and background.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Summer Program
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) offers two types of Summer Programs: a 4-week Course-oriented Program offering intensive courses in Environment & Energy and Engineering Design for undergraduate students and a 10-week Research-oriented Program for undergraduate/graduate students to pursue individual research projects under Tokyo Tech's faculty supervision. All participants will have opportunities to learn about Japanese culture while experiencing life in one of the most exciting and technologically-advanced cities in the world.

University of Tokyo: International Multidisciplinary Engineering Graduate Program
The International Graduate Program for non-Japanese students was launched in 1999, offering advanced professional training leading to the degrees of Master of Engineering and Doctor of Engineering. Students will have the unique opportunity of taking a degree from the University of Tokyo with lectures and research conducted completely in English.

University of Tokyo: Special and Short-term Programs 
Highlights the range of summer and short-term programs available at the University of Tokyo.  This includes programs offered through the School of Engineering and the School of Science's University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP)

 

Opportunities Worldwide

American Chemical Society | International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU)
The ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) and ACS International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program are bilateral exchanges that allows talented young chemical and materials scientists to spend a summer conducting research in another country.

Amgen Scholars Program
Every year, the Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world’s premier educational institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. 

Arcadia University | STEM Summer Research Programs
Credit-bearing research programs abroad for STEM students during summer months that fit with home school graduation timetables. 

Australia: Endeavour Scholarships & Fellowships
The Australia Awards–Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia. The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships build Australia’s reputation for excellence in the provision of education and research, support the internationalisation of the Australian higher education and research sectors and offer high-achieving Australians opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field.

Austria: Institute of Science & Technology Internships
There are two main types of internships at IST Austria: 1) independent internships, and 2) ISTernships. Independent internships Students who are either pursuing or have obtained a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in a science subject, and who are interested in doing an internship at IST Austria may apply to the respective group leader directly. ISTernships: IST Austria offers summer internships to outstanding students interested in basic research in Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Neuroscience and interdisciplinary areas. Candidates must be enrolled Bachelor- or Master of Science students in good standing at a degree granting institution. They must have completed at least the fourth semester of their bachelor's studies (before the respective start date). Duration: 8 – 12 weeks between May 15 and September 15. 

Boren Fellowships for Graduate Students
Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholarships for UG Students
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Churchill Scholarships
The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The Scholarship was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfill his vision of US-UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security.

Critical Language Scholarship Program 
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Erasmus Mundus Master Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Four leading educational institutions in Europe offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (EMM-Nano). The programme offered is a truly integrated one, with a strong research backbone and a very important international outreach. The objective of this course is to provide top quality multidisciplinary education in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The EMM-nano is a two-year, 120 ECTS, English language degree programme. Thanks to its combination of partners, expertise and courses, it offers you a unique integrated master programme, covering all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology, while at the same time allowing you to design an individual study programme with specialization in essentially any field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

France: Chateaubriand-Fellowship
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

France: French-American Doctoral Exchange Program (FADEx)
The FADEx (French-American Doctoral Exchange) program was created in 2014 by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States. This program aims to enhance scientific exchanges between American and French Ph.D. students working in the same field of research in order to encourage the development of French-American collaborations. This program also serves as an opportunity for American students to better understand the French research system.

France: Optics in the City of Light IREU
The Optics in the City of Light Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will offers undergraduate junior level students the opportunity to spend 2 months in a variety of laboratories in Paris performing research with a wide range of ultrafast lasers. Optics, especially the new discoveries in Extreme Light, is one of the most exciting areas of science. Students in this program will experience strong collaborative science that is currently taking place between University of Michigan (UM) Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS), Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), Université Paris-Sud 11 Orsay, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, and l’Institut d' Optique Graduate School. Teams of faculty (one from Ann Arbor and one from Paris) will each direct an REU student on a collaborative project.

Freeman-Asia Scholarship for UG Study Abroad
Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) provides scholarships for undergraduate study abroad in East and Southeast Asia.

Fulbright Scholar Program 
For nearly seventy years, American academics, administrators and professionals have taught and conducted research abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Scholars have benefited from an enhanced appreciation of the global impact of their academic specializations, a reinvigorated classroom presence and a desire to become major participants in their home campuses’ internationalization. Fulbright helps faculty and administrators build a “multiplier effect” by infusing cross-cultural perspectives into curricula, revitalizing teaching methods and opening doors for international colleagues and students.

You can search by discipline/research area for grants in the Fulbright Scholar Directory

Fulbright: US Student Program
United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. See the country descriptions for grant opportunities. Students in any field, including science & engineering, can apply for the open study/research awards. If there is a country that you would like to study/conduct research in as a graduate student you can apply for a Fulbright award. There are also a wide array of English Language Teaching Fellowships worldwide. Applications are due in the year prior to your departure for abroad. For example, if you want to go abroad in the 2018 – 2019 academic year you would apply in the Fall of 2017.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.

There are some specialized grants targeted to science & engineering fields but funding varies by year so consult the program website for the most up to date information: 

  • Fulbright Chile Chile Science Initiatives Awards: Graduate students conducting thesis or dissertation research are preferred. However, graduating seniors and recent graduates will be considered with projects proposing coursework and a research project.
  • Fulbright: France Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay Awards: To pursue a Master's Degree Program or research at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay (formerly known as ENS Cachan) in the hard sciences, engineering, humanities, or social sciences.
  • Fulbright: Hungary Budapest Semesters in Mathematics-Rényi Institute: The grantee will reside one academic year (two semesters) at Budapest Semesters of Mathematics (BSM) and will be expected to study 8 courses, and to take part in the activities of BSM. In case the student is advanced enough to join a research group of the Rényi Alfréd Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Rényi Institute and BSM will appoint an appropriate research advisor from among the joint faculty of the Rényi Institute and BSM, and will provide the student with proper research services at the Rényi Institute.
  • Fulbright: Iceland Fulbright/National Science Foundation Arctic Research Awards: Up to four awards will be given for the Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grant. The student will be expected to conduct Arctic-related research in Iceland. Projects must be well defined and must be completed within the grant period.

Germany: DAAD RISE Germany For Undergraduates 
RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Germany: DAAD Funding

Germany: DAAD RISE Pro for Graduate Students
RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Professional offers summer research internships in Germany to Master’s and Ph.D. students from USA, Canada, Great Britain or Ireland at companies and non-university research institutions with strong relations to industry. RISE Professional is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Gilman Scholarship for Undergraduate Study Abroad 
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Global E3 Study Abroad Exchange Program (For Consortium Members) 
Global E³ is an exchange program for engineering students: a student can study abroad while continuing to pay tuition at home. With member universities in 24 countries, students at over 70 universities have the opportunity to study abroad. Global E³ exchanges about 250-300 students a year. To be eligible to apply, your home university in the U.S. must be a member of the Global E3 Consortium. 

Israel: Zuckerman STEM Scholars Program
The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of four Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation. 

Marshall Scholarship
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.

NSF: International Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Peace Corps
Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level to create change that lasts long after their service. As a Volunteer, you can make an investment in our world—one handshake, one project, one friendship at a time—that leads to new possibilities in service and when you return home. Peace Corps service can be the first step toward a career or the continuation of a life's work. Sharpen your skills in a field you've always loved, or challenge yourself with a new opportunity. Volunteers go to work every day excited by the opportunity to make change.  Opportunities are available in Agriculture, Environment, Global Health, Community Economic Development, Health, Education, and Youth in Development. Upon completion of Peace Corps service, you can also apply to the Coverdell Fellows program to receive financial support towards the completion of a graduate degree. 

Singapore: Agency for Science, Technology, and Research Scholarship and Fellowships
Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise ecosystem has developed significantly over the past decade, and has grown to include a growing number of public and private R&D players.  This has in turn resulted in a growing demand for PhD talent in various fields. In recognition of the diverse talents, strengths and interests of our PhD scholars, we have created multiple pathways for our scholars at the undergraduate and graduate level, providing them with opportunities to develop and chart their careers in industry, academia, spin-off companies, patent examination, technology transfer and research management after their first two years with A*STAR. Embark on a bright future in Science, Technology, Research and Innovation – apply for an A*STAR scholarship today.

Singapore International Graduate Award
A unique opportunity to pursue your PhD in Science & Engineering in Singapore. 

Switzerland: Research Internship at EPFL
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) in Switzerland aims to attract students to the heart of Europe where renowned Professors strive for excellence in research and international recognition. In this context, EPFL inaugurated a highly attractive internship scheme in 2013 for talented students currently enrolled at internationally acclaimed universities enabling them to spend 3 months (maximum) in any laboratory on campus starting in May at the earliest every year.

Switzerland: Think Swiss Research Scholarships
ThinkSwiss Scholarships support highly motivated and qualified U.S. and Canadian undergraduate and graduate students to get a research experience or to participate in a summer school course in Switzerland.Undergraduate and graduate students wanting to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for 2 to 3 months can apply for our ThinkSwiss research scholarship. This program provides a monthly scholarship of CHF 1,050 (approx. USD 1,100) for a period of 2 to 3 months (CHF 3,150 maximum), which covers only a portion of the average student’s living costs.  The scholarship is open to students of all fields.

Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute Internship Program
Each summer ITRI hosts around 30 international students for internships of 2-3 months. ITRI also offers a limited number of longer internships of 4-6 months during Spring, Summer, and Fall.

UN Careers: Internship Opportunities
If you are thinking of entering the world of diplomacy and public policy, an internship at the United Nations could be the ideal start for you. The objective of the internship is to give you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations. You will be given a real chance to work with our people. As part of our team, working directly with outstanding and inspiring career professionals and senior management, you will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organizational policy of the United Nations. Initially you will take on the amount of responsibility you can shoulder; the potential for growth, however, is yours to develop.

 



Research & Internship Opportunities in the U.S.

Amgen Scholars Program in the U.S. 
The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world's leading institutions. 

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women and Underrepresented Minorities
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. Apply by Feb. 15. 

Columbia University | Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The joint Materials Research Center program at Columbia University and City College of NY (CCNY) will support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows each year. In addition, a joint REU program between Columbia and the City University of New York's Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) may have additional openings. 

Cornell University Nanoscale Science & Technology Facitlity Research Experience for UG Program
Nanotechnology, nano news, cornell nanoscale facility, cornell nanofabrication facility, clean room, nanotech, nanofabrication, REU. 

DOD SMART – Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. 

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program 
The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

HHMI Undergraduate Scholars Program
The Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program is a 10-week summer program aimed at well-prepared, independent, and committed students with significant research experience. We accept undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students who have not committed to a PhD program.

Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internships (ORISE)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. 

NASA Internships

NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals. NASA Internships can be full or part-time, conducted at a NASA facility, contractor facility, or anywhere activities are ongoing to advance NASA's missions. Mentors can be civil servants, contractors, or faculty conducting activities directly related to NASA's unique assets and ongoing mission activities. NASA internships occur within the following 4 sessions per year generally corresponding to the academic calendar: spring, summer, fall, and year-long (often following the academic year Aug.-May)

National Laboratories Research, Training, and Education Programs
An outgrowth of immense investment in scientific research initiated by the U.S. Government during World War II, the National Laboratories have served as the leading institutions for scientific innovation in the United States for more than seventy years. The Energy Department's 17 National Labs tackle the critical scientific challenges of our time — from combating climate change to discovering the origins of our universe — and possess unique instruments and facilities, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. They address large scale, complex research and development challenges with a multidisciplinary approach that places an emphasis on translating basic science to innovation.

Other National Laboratories & Agencies

NIH – Research Training & Career Development
NIH programs help prepare individuals for careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research.

NNCI-National Nanotechnlogy Coordinated Infrastructure – Research Experiences for UGs
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs are an excellent way for undergraduates to become acquainted with scientific research and graduate student life. REU programs typically consist of an intensive 10 week summer research experience at a university different than your own. Most research centers sponsor REU-like programs as part of their education and outreach efforts. The NNCI does not offer a network-wide REU program, but many of the NNCI sites conduct their own separate programs and the details for these are listed below. You must apply to each program separately.

NSF – National Science Foundation | Search for an REU Site 
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

Tip: You should also Google REU and a couple of keywords for the type of research you are listed in as sometimes not all current REU programs/sites are listed in the NSF search page. 

Pathways to Science: STEM Programs and Funding

U.S. Government STEM Funding & Research Opportunities 

 

 

 

Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

AAUW: Selected Professions Fellowships
Applications for Selected Professions Fellowships are open August 1-January 10. Learn more For questions or technical support, please e-mailaauw@applyists.com. Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low. 

DOD SMART – Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation Scholarship
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion with a Department of Defense facility. The Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. degree, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities

Barry Goldwater Scholarship
By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields. 

GEM Consortium Fellowship
GEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also offers exposure opportunities to a number of opportunities in academe. 

Under-representation: Candidates are targeted for participation who are members of the following under-represented groups in science and engineering as defined by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • American Indian/Native
  • African American/Black
  • Hispanic American/Latino

Citizenship: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at time of application.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship
As the living memorial to our thirty-third President, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Since its creation in 1975, the Foundation has supported almost 3,000 Truman Scholars who are making a difference in all corners of the nation and around the globe. Select a link below to learn more about the Truman Foundation and to find out how you can support our work.

Hertz Foundation Fellowship
Providing unique financial and fellowship support to the nation's most remarkable PhD students in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Hertz Fellows become innovators and leaders serving in ways that benefit us all.

HHMI Graduate Research Fellowships
The Janelia Graduate Research Fellowship is a fully-funded, collaborative PhD program for independent, committed graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States or abroad. Required course work at the student's home university must be completed before joining Janelia. Degrees are granted by the home university

Japanese Medical Society of America Scholarships
The Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) is a group of medical and health care professionals with a knowledge of Japanese language, culture or customs. JMSA members are also proud supporters of local community efforts and educational scholarships. The JMSA is dedicated to promoting the exchange of medical and educational information between the US and Japan, as well as in providing valuable medical information to the general public. Many donors, from private individuals to large companies contribute each year to the JMSA scholarship fund to support the education of medical professionals.

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. This call for graduate student fellowship applications, entitled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2017 (NSTRF 17), solicits applications from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s (e.g., M.S.) or doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research and will improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing the Nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP)
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. 

NSF Funding Opportunities (All)

NDSEG – National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award fellowships in April 2017, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the fifteen science & engineering disciplines

Pathways to Science: STEM Programs and Funding

U.S. Government STEM Funding & Research Opportunities 

Applying to Graduate School

Rice Center for Career Development Guides
Links to PDF guides, handouts and presentations on: 

  • Graduate School Planning
  • Professional Communication 
  • International Job Searches
  • LinkedIn
  • Presentations
    • Phone Interview Tips
    • Resume Writing
    • Interview Basics 

10 Tips for Writing Your STEM Grad School Essay
On the STEM side, this process becomes more stressful. Many STEM MS, MA, and PhD candidates do not have a strong background in writing. It is important to research how to write in order to learn the steps and to best position yourself for success. Additionally, seeking our trusted guidance and reviewers for your grad application essays is the sensible step.

AAAS: How Not to Apply to Graduate School
Applying to college is a delicate, complicated procedure that can be mastered, but for most of us, applying to grad school is like, “Wait—shoot—uh-oh!” For the benefit of all of you applying to science graduate programs, I’m going to confess my mistakes in the hopes that you can avoid following in my footsteps—footsteps which, you’ll note, are not encased in self-made shoes.

Career Exploration for STEM PhDs (Columbia University)
As a graduate student you are among the most well-educated members of society. You have tremendous strengths and transferable skills to offer employers. There are many types of careers open to PhD students—we’ve included the more frequent options for students in the sciences here.

Choosing a Graduate Program (Chemical & Engineering News) 

Choosing a Graduate or Post-Doc Advisor (Science) 

Graduate School Application Timeline (Princeton Review)
If you're planning to apply to graduate school, it's best to start early—it will increase your odds of being admitted. Many graduate programs have rolling admissions, which means applications are evaluated as they arrive (rather than all at once after the final deadline). Here's a sample schedule for a student hoping to enter grad school in the fall. This is a best-case scenario which leaves time to craft a great application, resolve unforeseen problems (a lost transcript, a delinquent recommender) and submit with time to spare.

How to Choose the Right Graduate School Program (Next Scientist) 

How to Make a Strong Graduate School Application
Every graduate program is different, sometimes radically so, and much of the burden is on the applicant to figure out the weight of different parts and how best to approach them. That said, there is some good general advice to be given.

IEEE Spectrum: How to Choose a Graduate School

On the Art of Selecting a Graduate Program (GradHacker) 

Tips for Applying to Graduate School – Cornell Physics

4 Differences Between Graduate & Undergraduate STEM Programs

5 Keys to Choosing an Engineering Masters Program (Engineering.com)

Life After Graduate School 

Science: Career Resources 

From How-To Series to booklets and multimedia, Science provides a wide range of career resources for science & engineering students. 

10 Simple Rules for Choosing Between Industry and Academia (Plos) 

Career Trends: Industry or Academia – Where do I fit? (Science) 

Choosing Your Post-Doc Position (Science) 

From Academia to Industry: A Short Guide (Nature Jobs Blog)

Global Mobility: Science on the Move (Nature) 

Jobs are Scarce for PhDs (The Atlantic) 

Maximize Your Chances of Landing a Faculty Job (Science) 

Science Careers: Post-Doc Positions 

So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors (NY Times) 

The Perfect Post-Doc: A Primer (Science) 

The Post-Doc Series (NatureJobs Blog) 

Too Many PhD Graduates or Too Few Academic Job Openings? (Systems Research and Behavioral Science) 

What Comes After the PhD: Check out the Data (Science) 

What Makes a Competitive Faculty Application Package? (Science) 

Why It's Better to be a Research Scientist in Industry than Academia (Cheeky Scientist) 

 

Career Resources for Science & Engineering Students

11 Career Resources for Women in STEM 
If you're a woman who works (or wants to work) in STEM, here are 11 education and career resources to help you build your skills, network with other STEM professionals and find new career-related opportunities.

Articles on Careers in Japan 

Career Exploration for STEM PhDs (Columbia University)
As a graduate student you are among the most well-educated members of society. You have tremendous strengths and transferable skills to offer employers. There are many types of careers open to PhD students—we’ve included the more frequent options for students in the sciences here.

Some other articles on this topic include: 

Fermilab: STEM Career Resources
ou can research many science, technology, engineering and mathematics related careers through these sites. They include information on trends, education, salaries, nature of the work, tasks, knowledge and skills needed.

Nature Jobs.com 

NOVA Labs: Career Exploration in STEM
Explore career options, find role models, and scope out colleges and majors that might lead you to the job of your dreams.

Professional Associations & Organization
Consult the Career and Job Board pages of these websites to find information specific to your chosen field. 

Rice Center for Career Development Guides
Links to PDF guides, handouts and presentations on: 

  • Graduate School Planning
  • Professional Communication 
  • International Job Searches
  • LinkedIn
  • Presentations
    • Phone Interview Tips
    • Resume Writing
    • Interview Basics 

Science – Career Articles and Resources 

What Can I do with an Engineering Major in … (U of MN)
View PDF guides with information about career options for each major.

Other Opportunities – By Application Deadline

Note: The program information provided below is for informational purposes only.  Students should consult the program websites for detailed and updated information on eligibility requirements and application deadlines for the current year.

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