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  • The Joseph Schumpeter Undergraduate Fellowship

The Joseph Schumpeter Undergraduate Fellowship is a competitive, renewable fellowship program for undergraduate students at George Mason University. Fellowships are open to full- and part-time degree-seeking Mason students from any discipline who are interested in studying key ideas in political economy and learning how to utilize these ideas in academic and policy research.

Schumpeter Fellows study foundational writings in political economy from several notable economists and attend a series of conversations with various George Mason economics faculty. Schumpeter Fellows will join a network of Mercatus students, alumni, faculty, and scholars who are conducting and engaging with cutting edge research in contemporary political economy.

The Schumpeter Fellowship includes a stipend, meals and all required readings at program events, and advice on research, jobs, and graduate school. Schumpeter Fellows are also eligible to apply for conference and research support. It is a total award of up to $2,000 per year ($1,000 per semester).

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2017 is January 8, 2017. To apply and find more information, visit our website.

  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship Program seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and career paths, with the goal of building a cadre of Americans who speak critical languages at high levels in government, business, arts and culture, science and engineering, health and medicine, education, research, and other fields.

The CLS Program is a nationally competed award open to all eligible U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in every field (see additional eligibility requirements below).
To apply go HERE.

CLS is a nationally competitive, highly prestigious U.S. State Department Program that offers fully funded, immersive summer language training overseas for US undergraduate and graduate students (must be a US citizen to apply). It is currently offered in fourteen languages. Some have pre-requisites, but many accept beginners as well. Heritage speakers who need additional training to achieve professionally meaningful fluency are also viable candidates. This program is open to all fields of study, but is especially interested in attracting more STEM students, who thus have an advantage in the application process. Because it is conducted entirely over the summer, it is easier for students in these fields to fit in than academic-year programs. International experience and critical language proficiency are increasingly sought after in all fields, and can help set a STEM student in particular apart. Students with this kind of experience are at an advantage down the road with Fulbright, NSF, PMF, and other major fellowship/grant programs.

Learn more about the CLS program HERE.
Deadline for Summer 2017: November 16, 2016

  • SMART 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.

– a U.S. citizen at time of application,
– 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2016,
– able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
– willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
– a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award,
– pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.

Participants in the SMART Scholarship for Service Program receive:
– Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
– Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
– Summer research internships
– Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
– Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
– Mentoring

Employment placement after graduation
Deadline: December 1st, 2016


Caltech’s Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.
Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.
Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6000 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.
Application: Online applications will be available in Fall, 2015.
For more information, please visit

Application Deadline: January 29, 2016
Eligibility Requirements are:

  • US Citizenship
  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • Studying a NOAA Science: atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physical science, photogrammetry, physics, etc.


  • Provost Fellowship – Summer 2016 Research Fellowships

Deadline: Friday, January 22nd, 2016

  • WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech:

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. Caltech is committed to promoting diversity within its educational programs and activities and strives to ensure that differing cultural, ethnic, social, geographic, and economic perspectives are represented. Caltech’s WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make 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, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, and educationally and financially disadvantaged students.
Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.
Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech’s research areas. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience.

Support: WAVE Fellows will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 7, 2016.

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  • Whitaker Fellowships offers Bioengineering students the opportunity to undertake overseas study and research. U.S. citizens and permanent residents in Bioengineering  (or equivalent) programs are eligible.