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Biology Scholarships and Research Fellowships

There is a vast array of scholarships and fellowships that support biology students, so you should consider the following information as a representative sample rather than a complete list.

Government Scholarships

Many of these scholarships are given to students in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Programbiology scholarships

One of the goals of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is to train more Americans in the natural sciences. The Goldwater awards go to high-achieving undergraduates who are juniors or seniors, and to be considered you must be nominated by your school.

The most you can receive in a single year is $7,500, but the Goldwater can be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, housing, and meals. If you plan to study abroad, you can use the Goldwater for that purpose. For biology students, any of the following careers are accepted specializations: agricultural or environmental science, genetic engineering, immunology, molecular biology, or biomedical science.

Scholarships From Colleges

You can find similar scholarships wherever there is a serious biology program. Most go to students specializing in particular types of biology or to students who excel in academics.

Indiana University

As is usual, the Department of Biology at Indiana University maintains a page of information on its scholarships, internships, and awards. Here are three of the thirteen options listed:

University of Utah

The University of Utah’s Department of Biology has also posted a page of scholarship information. Here are three of the possibilities:

Scholarships From Private Organizations

Many of the scholarships distributed by these groups intend to promote diversity among scientists, especially those who take advanced degrees.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) works to increase the numbers of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the STEM disciplines, both as students and as professionals. AISES currently offers two scholarships suited to biology students:

UNCF/Merck Science Initiative

The UNCF/Merck Science Initiative is a joint venture of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Merck pharmaceutical corporation, which provides three levels of financial support to African American students pursuing degrees in the sciences. The three awards are as follows:

American Physiological Society

The American Physiological Society (APS)’s Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships give undergraduates with no experience working in a laboratory the chance to conduct biological research under professional supervision. The program lasts 10 weeks, for which the student is given $4,000 to live on while the student’s advisor receives $300.

You may also receive as much as $1,300 to cover your travel expenses to an APS meeting in order to present your findings.

American Museum of Natural History

The Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History trains students in the sciences of natural history used in the museum’s work. There are fellowships offered to undergraduates, graduate students, students who have just earned their doctorates, and other students who wish to perform research in the field. Disciplines recommended for biology students include comparative biology, evolutionary biology, genomics, and terrestrial or marine biology.