DoD STEM Scholarships

Department of Defense scholarships provide cash awards to students who have demonstrated ability and aptitude for excelling in STEM fields in disciplines of importance to DoD.

Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART)

The SMART Scholarship for service program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree completion.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Educational Foundation Scholarships

The NSPE Educational Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for high school, undergraduate and graduate students studying engineering.

NSA Scholarships

The NSA offers multiple scholarships for STEM students, including the Stokes Educational Scholarship and Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP).

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Award for AiC honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.

NCWIT Collegiate Award

The NCWIT Award for AiC recognizes undergraduate and graduate women's technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, a selective pre-college scholarship, seeks high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. The program cultivates scholars' talents and abilities throughout high school by providing individualized academic advising, financial support, and a pathway to the foundation's $40,000 per year College Scholarship.

HENAAC Scholars Program

The HENAAC Scholarship is open to high-achieving students currently pursuing a STEM degree in an undergraduate or graduate program at a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university. Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or  signficantly demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community. Merit-based scholarships range from $500 to $10,000.
Internships & Fellowships

DoD STEM Internships

DoD STEM internships allow high school and college students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research, solving real-world problems at DoD laboratories and facilities.

Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators.

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

SEAP is an 8-week high school apprenticeship opportunity at one of nearly 25 naval laboratories or warfare centers. Accepted students gain real-world, hands-on experience and research skills while being introduced to the Navy and Marine Corps science and technology environment.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)

NREIP is a 10-week undergraduate and graduate research internship opportunity at one of nearly 30 naval laboratories or warfare centers. Accepted students gain real-world, hands-on experience and research skills while being introduced to the Navy and Marine Corps science and technology environment.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG)

The NDSEG program provides fellowships to support study and research leading to doctoral degrees in science and technical areas. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose.

NSA Internships

NSA offers a variety of internships in computer science, math and mechanical/civil engineering, as well as the Cooperative Education Program and High School Work Study Program.

Internships & Fellowships

National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship Program

The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is an organization of leading universities, national laboratories and corporations that aims to increase the number of qualified U.S. citizen Ph.D.s in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It emphasizes recruitment of a diverse applicant pool of women and historically underrepresented minorities. NPSC offers a unique six-year doctoral fellowship program in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, materials sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and their subdisciplines.

Army Education Outreach Program: High School Apprenticeship Program

Students work alongside university researchers for an authentic science and engineering experience sponsored by the Army Research Office.

Army Education Outreach Program: Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program

Students work alongside university researchers for an authentic science and engineering experience sponsored by the Army Research Office.

Army Education Outreach Program: Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program

Summer research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities for students historically underserved in STEM.

Army Education Outreach Program: College Qualified Leaders

Undergraduate students are matched with a Department of Defense scientist or engineer, creating a mentor–student relationship unparalleled at most colleges.

Extracurricular Programs

CEE's Research Science Institute

The Research Science Institute is a free summer program where 80 high school students learn about the research process at MIT through on-campus classes and off-campus experience. Applications are due on January 15, 2020.

Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program

JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking are planned.

The American Mathematics Competitions

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. Administered around the country in February, AMC 10 and AMC 12 are the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad.

The American Invitational Mathematics Examination

The AIME is an intermediate examination between the AMC 10/12 and USAMO, open to top-scoring AMC 10/12 students. AIME is a 15-question, 3-hour examination in which each answer is an integer number from 0 to 999. Administered to invited students in March, AIME is part of the American Mathematics Competitions series, culminating with the International Mathematical Olympiad.

The United States of America Mathematical Olympiad

The United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) is a six-question, two-day, 9-hour essay/proof examination administered in April to top-scoring AMC 12 participants (based on a combination of the scores on AMC 12 and AIME). Top-scoring USAMO students are invited to the Mathematical Olympiad Program, which helps determine the 6-person U.S. team at the International Mathematical Olympiad.

NSA's Gifted and Talented STEM Program

The National Security Agency Gifted and Talented Program is only open to High School Seniors. The program is designed for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for engineering, science, technology and mathematics. Students work 10 to 12 weeks during the summer following their senior year.

Helpful Information


The AoPSWiki is a comprehensive guide to academic scholarships, which includes links to specific scholarships in various subjects, as well as links to other databases with scholarship/grant information.

Masters In Engineering is a resource for students interested in pursuing a master's in engineering program. Tools available on the site include: information about different scholarships, grants, internships and licenses/certifications; a database of different engineering programs around the country; access to academic journals, open courseware and relevant news; and information about specific engineering areas and careers.

Science News for Students

Science News for Students is an online publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to middle and high school students.