Category Archives: Scholarships/Grants

AAUW Campus Action Project Grant


Want to change your campus climate?

Choose this adventure if you want to lead a local initiative that shows how women can be powerhouses in engineering and computing! You can play a critical role in increasing the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) reach to college campuses in your area. Application for AAUW’s campus leadership programs including Elect Her, Campus Action Project grants, LAF Campus Outreach Grants, and the Student Advisory Council are now open. Act soon, application close in late September.

Apply for an AAUW Campus Action Project Grant!

  • These annual, grant-funded, student-led projects empower students to take action on campus.
  • This year students will focus on fighting gender stereotypes and biases in engineering and computing fields.
  • Teams from both two- and four-year institutions are encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 to carry out projects during the spring semester. Ten to 12 teams are selected each year.

Office for Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Grant


The Office of Undergraduate Research’s (OUR) Fall 2015 conference travel grant competition is now open for students whose presentations have been accepted for a conference during Fall 2015 and early Spring 2016. The deadline for submittal of applications is October 5, 2015, and applications are available through the portal on their website’s ( Students/Funding page. Any questions may be addressed to their office at

The Churchill Scholarship for STEM Students


The Churchill Scholarship enables outstanding American students to pursue one year of graduate work leading to a degree (generally a master’s) in engineering, mathematics, or the physical or natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge University, England. Seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply. The Churchill Foundation seeks intellectual leaders as demonstrated by academic record, evidence of independent research, excellent letters of recommendation, and intellectual passion. You must complete the GRE general test by November, be under the age of 26, and be a U.S. citizen.

The application process and additional information can be found at:

Please contact us with any questions, or to make an appointment:

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Informational Meeting


Thinking about joining a research laboratory? Interested in learning about various research on campus? Check out the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)! They will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd 6:30pm at 1027 Lincoln Hall and all students are welcomed. For more information about the society visit

If you have any questions, contact them at

Jenner Family Summer Research Internship

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology has received a generous donation from Dr. Kris Jenner and his family of Annapolis, Maryland to fund premier awards providing $5,000 toward a summer research stipend (to be paid hourly) for undergraduate MCB and Biochemistry majors to provide the basis for a Senior Research Thesis in MCB or Biochemistry. Here are this summer’s participating students! finalshot0178

The students are pictured with their Principal Investigators. From left to right:

Dr. Phillip Newmark and Ayana Jamal

Dr. David Shapiro and Larry Chen

Dr. Thomas Kehl-Fie and Omar Zaki

Dr. William Brieher and Aaron Chen

Dr. Supriya Prasanth and Abhijith Matur

For more information regarding the Jenner Family Summer Research Internship click here.

Mary Ramier Grant

The Mary Ramier Grant is set up to inspire undergraduate women to develop as successful leaders, activists, and professionals.  Mary Ramier, a 1923 graduate of the University of Illinois, was an attorney and activist from Indianapolis, IN.   She was remembered for tackling problems in her Irvington neighborhood, including a petition drive that led to much-needed urban renovation.  She also worked at the national level as an attorney and officer for the Mortar Board National Senior Women’s Honorary.

The grant will be awarded competitively and can be used to

  • Support research (research travel, research materials such as books, recording equipment, etc., conference travel)
  • Creative projects such as, but not limited to zines, films, and plays
  • Field trips that are related to gender and women’s studies
  • Other activities that promote the advancement of women

Awards are usually between $50 and $500.  The Gender and Women’s Studies awards committee will determine the amount and number of awards per year based on the merit of individual proposals and financial need.  Money will not be awarded for tuition costs or living expenses.

Requirements: All undergraduate women in good standing are eligible to apply.  Applicants should fill out an application form, and include the name of a faculty member who might be called for reference. Spring Semester Deadline: March 1

For more information about the grant, please contact Jacque Kahn at the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies by e-mail:

MCB Honor’s Information Session

Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:00-6:00 PM

124 Burrill Hall

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Dr. Shawna Naidu, MCB Advisor and Honors Concentration Coordinator, will provide an overview of program requirements and the application process.  All students, especially freshmen, wishing more information about the MCB Honors Concentration and/or interested in applying should attend this important meeting. For more information, please visit:

Goldwater Scholarship – STEM fields

The Barry M. Goldwater scholarship is a one- or two-year award to students who demonstrate strong evidence of contributing to the technological advances of the United States. Current junior or exceptional sophomore students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or resident aliens in the upper quarter of their class (typically a minimum 3.5 GPA) are eligible to apply. Applicants should be committed to pursuing a PhD in the research fields of mathematics, sciences, or engineering.  The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate educational expenses.

Students who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in private practice. Typical fields of study include, but are not limited to, applied science, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, entomology, environmental science, genetics, geology, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, zoology, and all fields of engineering. Illinois may nominate up to 4 students for the Goldwater Scholarship. Read more about recent Illinois Goldwater Scholars.

 The required campus deadline is December 1, 2014 at 12:00pm (noon).

 Consider joining us for our two-day Goldwater information event (all sessions are held in the Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor, Room 514):

·         Thursday, October 23, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—Information session and discussion with UIUC Goldwater Scholars

·         Friday, October 24, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—Workshop on how to craft a Goldwater Application

More information on this scholarship opportunity can be found here.  To make an appointment to discuss whether the Goldwater Scholarship is right for you, please contact us at



Now accepting scholarship applications online for the next academic year.  They are offering 12 awards for UNDERGRADUATES totaling over $27,000:

  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards & Make-A-Difference Awards – $2,000 each – 9 awards
  • STEM Education Award – $3,000 – 1 award
  • Susan T. Haney Social Work Award – $3,000 – 1 award
  • Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award – $3,400 – 1 award

Students will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible.

The Application Deadline is November 1, 5:00PM

You will be notified via e-mail when your application is received.  In December or January you will be e-mailed again about the status of your application.  If you are a semifinalist you will be interviewed in late January or early February, with notification of all awards occurring shortly thereafter.  Study Abroad student interviews may be Skyped.  The winners and their families will be celebrated at a Scholarship Awards Brunch in early March.

Online application can be found here:


Any undergraduate student who is interested in international community health should know about the Mabelle Arole Fellowship, awarded annually since 2002 through John Snow, Inc (JSI) Research and Training. Candidates must be admitted to medical school to be eligible. If awarded the Fellowship, s/he defers entrance to medical school for one year.

Applications are due in mid-January 2015 and finalists are interviewed in late February in Washington, DC (at the candidate’s expense). The Fellow would depart the US in mid-June 2015 and returns in late spring of 2016. The Fellow, who receives $8,000 to cover all expenses, spends 10 months at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project at Jamkhed (in Maharashtra), one of the best examples of how mobilized/empowered communities can significantly improve their health/nutrition status.  All relevant information and application are available on the AMSA website, including a link to the Jamkhed site and reports by previous Fellows. Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Pyle at or 503-894-8546 (in Portland, OR).