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Graduate and Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

Recurring external funding opportunities for STEM students

Clemson University Research Foundation Graduate Internship Opportunities

GEM Fellowships for students from underrepresented communities

GEM’s fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers fellowships without paid summer internships through our GEM University and Associate Fellowship programs.
GEM provides three Fellowship Programs.
The application cycle for these three programs is July 1 – November 1

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in their efforts to increase the number of students matriculating into and successfully completing high-quality degree programs in STEM disciplines in order to diversify the STEM workforce. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines. The LSAMP program's Bridges to the Doctorate Activity specifically focuses on providing a cohort of 12 LSAMP students from existing LSAMP alliances with financial support during the first two years of their STEM graduate studies, as well as providing them with the academic and research skills that will enable them to earn their STEM doctoral degrees and transition into the professoriate and/or STEM workforce.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants

The NIH NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants program provides awards to eligible, domestic institutions to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral research training, including short-term research training, to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to meet the needs of the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, a

Graduate Program Type: Graduate Traineeships, University/Institutional-based Awards for Graduate Programs

Graduate Level Eligibility: Ph.D. Program

Clemson University Office of Major Fellowships

hertz foundation

Fields of Study

The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. These fields include applied mathematics, statistics, and quantitative aspects of modern biology.

Here, "applied" is broadly construed to mean fields of endeavor in which one applies, invents, and/or develops results from the basic physical sciences to generate solutions to problems of comparatively near-term, widespread human interest.

The Foundation's efforts complement the applied physical sciences portion of the NSF's graduate fellowship program (and the Foundation coordinates with the NSF periodically). The Foundation does not support study in pursuit of the M.D. Degree or work in descriptive biology, although it may support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program.

The following is an illustrative (but not exclusive) list of the fields in which we have recently supported Hertz Fellows. Note, however, that it is up to each fellowship applicant to advocate to us his or her specific field of interest as an "applied physical science".

      • Aeronautics/Astronautics
      • Applied Mathematics and Statistics
      • Applied Physics and Astronomy
      • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
      • Computer Science and Engineering
      • Earth and Geo Sciences
      • Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Nuclear Engineering
      • Materials Science
      • Quantitative Biology and Bio-Engineering


Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice-oriented degree programs are not eligible for support (see eligible fields). Prospective applicants should carefully read the eligibility requirements, the terms of the fellowship awards, application instructions and other information pertaining to the individual fellowship for which they are applying.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation