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AES Scholarship

The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.

To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find at:

AES believes that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. AES offers a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.

• German Chancellor Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China, Brazil and India with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The program is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as politics and public policy, law, media, business, the non-governmental sector, and the arts. The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. This prestigious program builds on Germany's established and growing reputation as a favored destination for problem-focused international dialogue and a meeting place for tomorrow's international leaders.

During their time in Germany, Federal Chancellor Fellows conduct independent projects at their host institutions. The project should involve original exploration of a topic or issue, or research in the fellow's respective field of interest. The fellows are mentored by hosts in Germany, whom the fellows have chosen on the basis of their expertise in their respective areas. Projects should be of relevance to modern societies, have a long-term and visible impact, and help to advance fellows' careers and professional development. Through their experience in Germany, fellows will acquire greater knowledge of their fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen their intercultural competence - all essential qualities for future professional leaders.


German Summer Science Internship

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in cooperation with science organizations in North America and Germany, offers the RISE research internship for undergraduate students from the US and Canada in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and Engineering to apply for a summer in Germany. RISE summer placements are provided by German university research groups where the trainee will cooperate with a doctoral student and assist him/her in his/her experimental work. This program is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor as part of the European Recovery Program (ERP).

For more information, visit http://www.daad.de/rise/en/index.html

Goddard Space Scholarship

The Robert H. Goddard Scholarship is sponsored and funded by the National Space Club. Here are a few specifics:

Apparently, there is only one Goddard scholarship awarded annually, valued at $10,000, to a student who is committed to "advancing scientific knowledge through space research and exploration." The selection is based in part on "proven research in space-related science and engineering." The board of governors looks to be a fairly impressive lot, and includes Buzz Aldrin.

Our winner is invited to the National Space Club's 46th annual Goddard Memorial Dinner in Washington, DC in March. This is billed as a black-tie affair at which she will be seated at the head table. The Space Club is funding her travel expenses.

Hertz Applied Science


The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical and engineering sciences, as well as those aspects of modern biology which apply the physical sciences intensively.

The Hertz Foundation's Graduate Fellowship award, which is based on merit (not need) consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend.

The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the tenable schools in lieu of all fees and tuition.

The personal stipend, paid over the nine-month academic year, is $25,000 for Fellowships awarded for the 2001-2002 academic year. The Fellowship award is renewable annually (upon a showing of satisfactory progress toward receipt of the Ph.D. degree) for a total Fellowship tenure of no more than five years. Fellows must attend one of the Foundation's tenable schools.

For more information contact
Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
2456 Research Drive
Livermore, CA 94550-3850
Phone (925) 373-1642
Email askhertz@hertzfoundation.org

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute
  Science Policy Fellowship Program

This two-year fellowship is designed to provide a unique opportunity for recent bachelor's degree recipients to gain experience in addressing diverse challenges related to science and engineering research in such areas as energy and the environment, education, information and communication technologies, innovation and competitiveness, national security, and international cooperation. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and for such federal agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.


IREE Engineering Program Grants
James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

The James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund is offering its scholarship again this year. It is an essay contest open to all college students. The essay subject concerns cancer and the scholarships are: $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. Students can receive more information and request an application packet at this website:http://www.cancermonthly.com/scholarship.asp

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF)
   Teaching Fellowships

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) was created by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles in 1999 to cultivate and support exemplary science and mathematics high school teachers and develop the next generation of leaders in education.

KSTF's programs are designed to help reverse the current national trend that sees approximately half of all secondary teachers leave the field within five years. The total award for each Fellow is valued at nearly $175,000 over the course of the five-year Fellowship. Fellows receive tuition assistance while participating in a teacher credential program, monthly stipends, and grants for professional development and teaching materials. By empowering science and mathematics teachers to be effective in the classroom, KSTF helps deliver enriched educational experiences to students and, in the long run, ensures a stronger, healthier and more competitive nation.

Applications accepted until October 15, 2013

If you have any questions about our Teaching Fellowship Program, please feel free to email us at teachers@kstf.org, or contact us at 856.608.0001.


Liberal Arts Diversity Organization (LADO)

As a member of the Liberal Arts Diversity Organization (LADO), Smith students have been invited to apply for a paid summer research Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social and Physical Sciences. The many benefits of the LADO summer fellowship include mentored graduate-level research opportunities, GRE preparation, a substantial stipend, campus housing, and transportation to either Columbia University or the University of California, Berkeley. More Info:
(Program dates: June 2—August 3, 2013) and/or

(Program dates June 2—July 27). Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 22.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Up to $28,425 Available Per Student for Studies and Internships
On the Web: http://www.noaa.gov
Scholarship Applications at:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting applications for a new undergraduate scholarship program in honor of the recently retired South Carolina Senator Ernest F. Hollings, who throughout his career promoted ocean research and the study of our atmosphere.

NOAA's Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program will provide about 110 college undergraduates up to $28,425 to support academic studies related to NOAA science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities, and a related internship designed to provide a "hands-on," multi-disciplinary training experience. Applications are due May 23, 2005. The Hollings scholarship program will provide selected undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for full-timestudy during their junior and senior years (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year); a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA or partner facility; a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship; and travel expenses to attend and participate in a Hollings scholarship program conference at the end of the internship.

"The Hollings Scholarship Program gives us the opportunity to recognize and reward some of our nation's brightest students who someday may become our next generation of oceanographers, marine biologists, or climate scientists," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

The Hollings Scholarship Program expands and supports NOAA's 35-year commitment to enhance economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and provide environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. The program is part of a larger effort to enhance NOAA's strategic efforts to promote environmental literacy and ensure a future, world-class workforce to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission. In support of these efforts, Hollings scholars will be selected from applicants majoring in a broad range of disciplines including: biological, life, and agricultural sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and teacher education.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources.

Applications for the Hollings Scholarship Program are available on-line: http://www.orau.gov/noaa/HollingsScholarship,
by mail:
ATTN: NOAA/Hollings Scholarship, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education,
P.O. Box 117, MS 36, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-0117,
by e-mail: HollingsScholarship@orau.gov,
or by telephone: (865) 576-3424.

Contact NOAA's Education Office for further information by
e-mail: noaa.education@noaa.gov
or phone (202) 482-3384.

At Smith contact:
Program Coordinator
Environmental Science and Policy Program
Bass 107
Telephone: (413) 585-3951
Fax: (413) 585-3786

National Science Foundation Programs

Among the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs of interest to graduate students is the Graduate Research Fellowship Awards. Through this program the NSF seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity.

The NSF awards approximately 1,000 new three-year Graduate Research Fellowships in March of each year. NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is of interest to individuals interested in graduate education in science, mathematics, and engineering. With 900 awards made by NSF in 2003, nearly 1 in 7 applicants were offered an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Applicants who demonstrate good research experience and strong faculty support have traditionally been successful in the competition.

By visiting the NSF web site at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201 students may access the Guidelines for Submission of Applications for the competition, view a sample-rating sheet used in the review of fellowship applications, and link to the electronic application process via NSF's FastLane system.

Application materials should be submitted via FastLane according to the schedule on the website's program guidelines (dependent on proposed graduate field of study). Deadlines fall in early November.

Also available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201 are copies of the Suggestions for the Proposed Plan of Research and Faculty Mentoring of Potential Applicants. These documents provide information regarding the Proposed Plan of Research, which is a significant component of the application, and the role faculty mentors can play for applicants. Both documents will assist in supporting applicants to this program.

Applicants must be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards.

The ORAU/NSF Fellowship Operations office can be reached via electronic mail nsfgrfp@orau.gov via telephone toll free at (866) 353-0905. Please feel free to contact them with any questions.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research

Educational and research opportunities for rising juniors, rising seniors, and rising graduate students.

ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment. Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,500/month for full-time summer fellows.

College students who plan to major in chemistry or biology and have taken courses in general chemistry or biology may apply. They must also comply with safety and security requirements before or upon reporting to CDC.

The appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. The application may be found at http://orise.orau.gov/cdc .


The Rieser Fellowships provide up to two successful applicants with a one-time award of up to $4,000 to pursue projects that explore issues at the intersection of science, global security, and public policy, focusing on a significant aspect of nuclear security, climate stabilization or biotechnology. Click here for additional details and the online application form.

Any undergraduate student studying at a U.S. college or university is eligible to apply. The 2013 deadline is March 15. The Rieser Committee's decision will be announced online in the Spring, following notification of all applicants.

In addition to the monetary award, each Rieser Fellow will be eligible to submit his or her fellowship project results to be considered for publication on the Bulletin's website or for use in a Bulletin program. Rieser Fellows will also be eligible to participate in the Bulletin's Annual Clock Symposium in January of their fellowship year.

More info: http://thebulletin.org/leonard-m-rieser-fellowship


RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering and has become a very successful scholarship program for North American and British students. The DAAD - the German Academic Exchange Service is the national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.

Since 2005 RISE provides summer research internships in Germany in the fields of Natural Siences and Engineering. The interns are matched with PhD students whom they assist and who serve as their mentor. Working language is English. RISE gives students in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, earth sciences, and physics the chance to spend a summer working with PhD students in Germany on serious research projects.

For more information see: www.daad.de/rise-programs

Smithsonian Institution


Fellowships are available to study at the Smithsonian Institution for all levels of academic completion in all fields of study represented by the Institution. Some are geared towards specific minorities. A listing is available at www.si.edu/ofg/fell.htm.

Additionally, interested students should search for "Fellowships" from the Smithsonian's main site, www.si.edu, for opportunities that may not be listed in the previous link.

Undergraduates at Smith College may also apply for the college's Smith Program at the Smithsonian Institution, a semester-long for-credit internship open to juniors and seniors run by the American Studies program. The academic program consists of a seminar on biography taught by Dr. Laura Katzman of the Smithsonian, a tutorial on research methods, and a research project under the supervision of a Smithsonian staff member. Professor Donald R. Robinson directs the program. More information is available at

SMART Scholarship for Service Program
The SMART Scholarship is an opportunity for students pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a Department of Defense facility. Scholarships awarded include a stipend of $25,000 to $38,000 a year, full tuition, health insurance contribution, and book allowance. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Please visit http://smart.asee.org for more information.
Study and Internship Program (SIP) in Germany
UROP at RWTH Aachen University

UROP of RWTH Aachen University is open to all bachelor students from US and Canadian universities.

RWTH Aachen University, Germany, is one of Europe's leading universities of science and technology and distinguished by Germany's Excellence Initiative.

The program UROP International is specifically designed for highly qualified US and Canadian undergraduates who are motivated to conduct their own independent research project at one of the RWTH institutes, being mentored by excellent scientific staff from our university, while spending a summer abroad.

Further program elements include an intensive German language training, intercultural seminars, workshops introducing the broader field of research and various leisure activities. Students will experience a complete program taking into account all different aspects of their stay abroad.

In 2009, 30 scholarships were available which were awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Thereby, priority will be given to students coming from universities with reciprocal agreements.


Beate Wassenberg

Tel: +49-(0)241-80 90687
Fax: +49-(0)241-80 92662
Email: beate.wassenberg@zhv.rwth-aachen.de


International Office - Dept. 2.3
UROP - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Templergraben 57,
Raum 524 D-52062 Aachen Germany

Whitaker International Undergraduate Program

The Whitaker Undergraduate Program is grant funding for projects, internships and coursework in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas.

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • A monthly living stipend commensurate with the recipient's exp
  • Health & Accident insurance
  • Travel Enhancement Fund
  • Enrichment Seminar in Europe
  • Tuition (and bench fees) reimbursement, capped at US$35,000 (regardless of country of exchange or exchange rate). Individual reimbursement amounts are determined by the Whitaker Program at the time of grant award (see details).

Projects: High-quality BME-relevant proposals will be funded, which can include: coursework, research and internships.
Eligibility: US citizens and residents in their sophomore, junior or senior year with a BME or a closely related major.
Program must be approved by home institution.

For more information on the program — including detailed eligibility requirements and the online application - visit our website at: http://www.whitaker.org/

The online application is now open with a January 21, 2014 deadline. The website listed above has all the information pertaining to the program, including eligibility requirements, examples of potential host institutions, and former grantee profiles.

The online application for the Whitaker International Undergraduate Program, Spring 2014 cycle is now available at http://undergradapplication.whitaker.org/ with a October 15, 2013 deadline.