Category Archives: Scholarships/Grants

NSEP Boren Scholarship Session

The University of Illinois will be hosting informational sessions on National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren undergraduate study abroad scholarships on Thursday, December 5 from 3:30-4:30 and on Friday, December 6 from 3:30-4:30 in room 514, 807 S. Wright Street. On Thursday, participants will receive information about the program and converse with an Illinois alumni recipient. On Friday, we will be providing tips in a workshop format on filling out competitive applications. The campus application deadline is January 21, 2014 for any semester or year of study between May 2014 and May 2015. Students are encouraged to begin application drafts prior to leaving for winter break.

The Boren provides study abroad scholarships of $6,000-$20,000 for a full academic year or $4,000-$10,000 for a semester. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students also have the option of applying for summer-only programs of eight weeks or more. All scholarships may be used for U.S. citizens to study in Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East on almost any study abroad program. These are merit-based scholarships (approximately 1 in 5 eligible applicants receive awards). In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in an area related to national security—generally the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community within three years of graduation (deferrals possible/encouraged for graduate study). Working for USAID or tenure in the Peace Corps counts in the service requirement. Winners also receive priority-hiring status. Further information is available at:

Please direct questions to David Schug on the fifth floor, Illini Union Bookstore, 807 South Wright Street or by email at

2014 UCSD Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program

Attention Sophomores, Juniors and 5th-year Seniors:

Program Description
The UCSD Amgen Scholars Program is a ten-week, full-time research experience for undergraduates, supported by the Amgen Foundation. The objectives of the program are: to provide students with the skills to become research scholars; to stimulate students’ serious consideration of graduate study; and to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing a career in science or engineering.
The application will be available from November 4, 2013 through February 3, 2014.
The program will take place from Monday, June 23, 2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014.

Applicants must be:
– U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
– Undergraduates enrolled in accredited four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories; – sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors and non‑graduating seniors (who      are returning in the fall to continue their undergraduate experience);
— Preferred Majors: Biology, Molecular Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Bioengineering, and Neurosciences.
AND must also have:
– A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or above; and
– A strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.; but neither M.D., nor pre-med.

Program Requirements
Research projects are designed and supervised by faculty mentors in accordance with students’ research interests. The program activities are substantial, requiring a full-time commitment from each student (students cannot work, take classes, participate in any other summer research program, or go on vacation while in the program). Attendance at meetings and seminars is mandatory.  Each student will receive instruction to write a research proposal and paper, and present his or her paper at the UCSD Summer Research Conference.

– A $3,600 stipend for ten-week program;
– On-campus housing and a board allowance;
– A $500 travel allowance is offered only to non-UCSD students for travel to/from San Diego;

Application Procedures
A complete Summer Research Program fully online application includes all of the following:

–  on-line application narrative, that includes contact information, description of previous relevant to program completed activities and a personal essay (no more than 500 words);
–  a current unofficial transcript that can be uploaded online (hard copy submitted separately only upon request from our office)
–  one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who will submit it electronically on our application website.

Our application will be open from November 4, 2013 to February 3, 2014 and will be accessible from a link at our UCSD Amgen website:  UCSD Amgen Scholars

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship offers $7,500 to either sophomores or juniors in STEM disciplines who aim to pursue a Ph.D. in their field.  On November 7th, attendants will receive an overview of the scholarship as well as have a chance to talk with a former Goldwater Scholarship recipients from Illinois.  On November 8th, the Scholarships Program will offer a workshop on how to write a competitive scholarship packet.  Students are encouraged to attend both events.
The dates and times are as follows, all events will be held in 514 IUB
November 7th 3:30-4:30-Overview and Discussion with former Goldwater Scholar
November 8th  3:30-4:30-Workshop on how to craft a competitive application packet.
More information about the Goldwater can be found here:

Seeking Funding to Conduct Research and Gain Professional Development Training

 ASM Undergraduate Capstone Program
Application Deadline: December 1, 2013

Goal: To enhance the professional development skills of students after their research
experiences and provide the resources to transition to disciplinary scientific meetings

participate in the ASM Capstone Institute prior to presenting research at the ASM General Meeting
present research at the ASM General Meeting
receive up to $1500 in travel support to the ASM Capstone Institute and ASM General Meeting
(if abstract is accepted)
receive two-year ASM student membership
receive recognition in ASM publications

ASM/Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: February 1, 2014

Goal: To provide undergraduate students (pursuing graduate careers in microbiology) the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM General Meeting the following year.

receive two year membership to ASM
earn up to $4000 in student stipend
present research at the ASM General Meeting
participate in the ASM Capstone Institute prior to presenting research at the ASM General Meeting
receive up to $1000 in travel support to the ASM General Meeting (if abstract is accepted)
recognition in ASM publications

New NAVY Pharmacy Scholarships Available

If you are applying for Pharmacy School (Pharm.D) now and plan to begin next Fall you are eligible to apply for our new Pharmacy Scholarship! It pays you a monthly salary of $4K monthly for the duration of Pharmacy School ($192,000K total). This pay is discretionary so you may use it for tuition, living expenses, or both. There are only 5 awarded nationwide and will be filled on first come first serve basis as long as you are accepted to a Pharm.D program! It guarantees you a Pharmacist position upon graduation starting @ $90K, $120K by year 4. These positions do NOT deploy, US Coastal hospitals or work abroad in Japan, Italy, or Spain! If you would like more information contact Matt Birchall at (816) 501-6247.

Columbia University Scholarships for International Students

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Announces The Creation of a Scholarship For International Students

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons has created a 4 year full tuition scholarship for international students starting with the current admissions year for the class entering in August of 2014. For further information, please contact

The Illinois Club Scholarship Program

The Illinois Club is now accepting scholarship applications online for next year.  The awards offered are:
–  Isabelle Purnell Education Awards – $2,000 each, three to five awards
–  Make-A-Difference Awards – $2,000 each, three to five awards
–  Susan T. Haney Social Work Award – $3,000
–  Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award – $3,400
You will be considered for all awards for which you 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 will be feted at a Scholarship Awards Brunch in early March.

Online application can be found here:  

Helpful hints on supporting documents can be found here:



When: Thursday, October 3rd

            Time: 9:00-4:30pm

            Where: The Career Center at 616 E Green Street 2nd floor (Above Subway)

Chief Matt Birchall will be on campus meeting with students on a drop in, first come, first serve basis to learn about the application process for a Navy Health Professions Scholarship. This scholarship fully covers tuition for the following graduate programs: Medicine (MD/DO), Dentistry, Clinical Psychology, & Optometry. It includes $2200 monthly stipend x 48 months. $20K signing bonus for Medicine & Dentistry. You must meet these requirements to be eligible to apply for their HPSP scholarship:

–  US citizen
–  willingness to serve as Naval Officer (4 yrs)
–  +3.0 GPA and competitive entry grad school score
–  No legal background (other than traffic violations)
He can also share information about the HSCP (HEALTH SERVICES COLLEGIATE PROGRAM). This pays you a monthly salary of about $4K during graduate school for up to 48 months (24 for a Masters). Payment is direct deposit and can be allotted towards tuition. Acceptable programs include: MBA w/ Health Services emphasis, Healthcare Administration, Public/Environmental Health, Entomology, Occupational/Industrial Safety/Hygiene, Audiology (Au.D), Dentistry, Physician’s Asst, Pharmacy (Pharm.D), Physical Therapy (DPT), and others!

Please contact Chief Matt Birchall if you are interested or just would
like more info:

Phone: 816-501-6247


Churchill Scholarship

Churchill Scholarship provides full funding for one year of graduate study leading to a degree (generally a Master’s) in engineering, mathematics, and/or the sciences at Cambridge University, England. Seniors and graduate students who are U.S. citizens and under the age of 26 are eligible to apply. Students must apply to the National and International Scholarships Program by October 10.

While only 14 scholarships nationwide are provided each year, the University of Illinois has had more recipients (20) than any other public institution, and overall is #5 after Princeton, Harvard, Duke, and Cornell. You could be nominating the University of Illinois’ next Churchill Scholar!

The criteria for the selection of Churchill Scholars include the following:

(1) Achievement in academic work as indicated by course grades and scores on the GRE;
(2) Capacity for original, creative work as shown by special recognition and letters of reference;
(3) Character and adaptability;
(4) Demonstrated leadership; and
(5) Concern for the critical problems of society

Travel Grant for Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research has reopened the Travel Grant Competition for Fall 2013.  Any student that has been accepted to a national or international academic conference can apply.  Winners will receive reimbursements for travel expenses up to a certain dollar amount.  The deadline for submissions is October 1st.

The online submission form can be found here: