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Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities

There are many opportunities for Pace undergraduate students to receive funding for their research, training, and education. Pace offers a number of exciting programs to support undergraduate student research. Additionally, there are different external funding opportunities from federal and private sources to explore. The Office of Research and the Office of Student Success can both serve as resources when searching and applying for outside scholarships, grants, and training opportunities.

Pace University Programs And Opportunities

The Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program (CYSP)
The Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) is designed to recruit the nation’s top cybersecurity talent to the DoD workforce to secure our nation against the threats to its information systems and networks.

Award Benefits

  • Academic scholarship covering full tuition, fees and books;
  • Stipend ($25,000 for undergraduate students; $30,000 for graduate students);
  • Paid summer internships in cybersecurity-related roles;
  • A cybersecurity-related job with the Department of Defense following graduation (pending security clearance);

Pforzheimer Honors College
Students in the Honors College complete a thesis project and conduct advanced research. Honors College students can apply for a $1000 research stipend to support their projects conducted under the guidance of a Pace professor.

Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Dyson)
Provides leadership, coordination and support to student-faculty research collaborations.

Center for Community Action and Research (Dyson)
Supports civic engagement, social responsibility, and reciprocal partnerships with the community.

College of Health Professions Center of Excellence-ALPS
(Advancing Leadership, Partnerships and Scholarships) has different student opportunities and a list of external scholarships.

Lubin School of Business maintains a list of student scholarships for business students.

Prestigious Fellowships And Federally Funded Research Programs, Fellowships, And Awards

There are a number of different opportunities for summer research experiences, fellowships, and research funding for undergraduates. This list is not exhaustive, but provides examples of opportunities across different fields of research. The Office of Student Success and Pace International provide support and assistance for students applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships (e.g., Fulbright Fellowship). You can contact the Office of Research if you have questions about federally funded programs.

Please note that the opportunities below are generally for programs available while enrolled in an undergraduate program; undergraduates looking for fellowships to fund graduate training should look at the opportunities on the graduate student funding webpage.

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000* per academic year. Application period: November 1st through March 1st annually.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors in the science, engineering, and mathematics fields. Sophomore award winners receive two years of aid and juniors receive one year. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.7 and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Most award winners have substantive, supervised undergraduate research experience. Candidates must be nominated by their college. Students who are nominated who do not receive a scholarship but who show particular promise will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. Students who receive an Honorable Mention do not receive financial support. Application information: The online application will be available for student registration the first Tuesday in September.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first generation in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. Scholars are admitted as affiliated students and have the opportunity to take the more advanced parts of a Cambridge degree course and qualify for a Cambridge BA in two years instead of the usual three. Following the completion of their first year of study some Scholars have opted into a one year M. Phil program at the discretion of the Senior Tutor at St. John's. APPLICATION INFORMATION: ​Applications deadline: TBA.

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

The SMART Scholarship for Service Program provides full scholarships for undergraduate or graduate studies in STEM disciplines, summer research internships, mentoring, and employment placement upon degree completion. While in school, students will receive full tuition, monthly stipends, health insurance and book allowances, as well as summer internships that range from 8 to 12 weeks. Upon degree completion, scholars begin working in a civilian position with their sponsoring facility. The internships and work experience allow scholars the opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in STEM and defense. Not only do scholars pursue their passions in their respective field during their educational phase, but they begin a journey towards an empowering career to protect national security. Application information: application opens August 1st. The application window is August through December each year.

Department of Energy (DOE)

DOE Scholars Program introduces students or post-graduates to the DOE mission and operations, and provides opportunities for paid internships, research, and individual development. The DOE Scholars Program is designed to provide opportunities and attract talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates to appointments that are carefully designed to help prepare participants towards the full range of entry and mid-level research, technical and professional positions within DOE and organizations that support the DOE mission. Opportunities are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. The minimum stipend for undergraduates is $600/week and $650/week graduate students and recent graduates. Travel reimbursement of inbound and outbound costs up to $1,000 for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site. Application information: Application is now open.

General Counsel Undergraduate Intern Program provides an opportunity for college students to gain exposure to issues in energy law and policy. Internships are available during the summer and for semesters during the school year. Interns have an opportunity to attend meetings, observe hearings, and learn first-hand about the work of DOE and the Office of the General Counsel. Interns can expect work assignments concerning an array of energy related issues, such as energy efficiency enforcement, implementation of energy law, renewable technologies, and increasing transparency, accountability and efficiency within the DOE. Interns to work a minimum of ten weeks during the summer, and 12-14 weeks for the fall and spring semesters. No paid internships are available. Application information: Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. All submissions will be discarded after one year from date of receipt. No notice of non-selection will be provided.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program provides students with educational opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented and minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM. Applicants must be enrolled full time in a STEM program at the Bachelor’s Master’s or Doctoral level. Program duration is 10 weeks.

  • Current undergraduate students receive a weekly stipend of $650
  • Current Master’s students receive a weekly stipend of $750;
  • Current Ph.D. students receive a weekly stipend of $850.

Some Participants may be authorized to receive an additional allowance to offset the cost of housing and travel expenses. Application information: Please check the fellowship website in September 2020 for the summer 2021 application.

Department Of The Navy

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) provides opportunities for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating college students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN. The internship has a duration of 10 weeks. Stipend levels will be determined by the student's years of participation in the NREIP program. Stipends will be paid bi-weekly via direct deposit.

  • $7,000: New undergraduate student participants
  • $8,500: Returning undergraduate students (students MUST have completed a full 10 week program in a prior year to receive this level).
  • $11,000: Graduate students (students must currently be in graduate school and taking graduate school courses to receive this level).

Application Information: application opens August 3rd, 2020. 

Gilman Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Application information: the next application deadline is October 2020. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

HSF Scholarships
Offers undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic heritage merit –based scholarships from $500-$5000. All majors and graduate fields are eligible, although there is an emphasis on STEM fields. Application information: TBA. 

LGBTQ Scholarship

LGBTQ Scholarships
The Human Rights Campaign maintains a scholarship database for LGBTQ and allied students. APPLICATION INFORMATION: VARIES BY AGENCIES

National Institutes Of Health (NIH)

Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses, as well as a paid summer laboratory experience at NIH and paid employment/training at NIH after graduation. Scholarships are for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years. Application deadline: Applications for 2021-2022 academic year will open in January 2021.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. (At the NIH "biomedical research" includes everything from behavioral and social sciences, through biology and chemistry, to physics, mathematical modeling, computational biology, and biostatistics). Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. Stipends are provided. Application deadline: TBA.

National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. Application deadline: TBA. 

National Security Education Program (NSEP)

Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and under-represented in study abroad. Boren Scholars should seek study abroad programs that have a serious language component. Although such programs may include some coursework, unpaid internships, or volunteer opportunities conducted in English, the strongest applicants will make every effort to immerse themselves in language study. Language study should comprise the majority of overseas coursework. Beyond the classroom, language immersion may take place in university housing with local students, in homestays with local families, or through research or volunteering conducted in the local language. Application information: The application cycle will open in mid August 2020. Application deadline: February 3, 2021.

Rotary Foundation Grant Scholarships

District Grant Scholarships-Can be used to support undergraduate students studying locally or abroad. The scholarship can cover any length of time, from a 6-week language immersion program to a year or more of university study.

The Udall Foundation

The Udall Scholarship-The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2020, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. Students must be nominated by a Udall Scholarship Faculty Representative from their college or university. Each institution may nominate six students. The Udall Scholarship provides: :

  • Access to the Udall Alumni Network: an association of change-makers, working in Indian country and environmental fields, sharing innovative ideas, professional advice, and job and internship opportunities.
  • Five days in Tucson, Arizona, at Scholar Orientation: extending your professional network, meeting other scholars and alumni, and learning new skills.
  • Up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses.

Application instructions: The application is now open.

Scholarship Resources

Fastweb: Prestigious Scholarships And Fellowships

Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships
Listing of well-known national and international scholarships and fellowships at the high school, college, graduate and doctoral level with brief description of each, linking to organization’s website with more information.

International Financial Aid And College Scholarship Search

The premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for U.S. and international students wishing to study abroad. This site provides the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad. Their mission is to promote international education worldwide through the development and publication of the most comprehensive database of International Education Financial Aid information available on the Internet.


Scholarship Search is a comprehensive scholarship directory for students in the U.S. Students can either browser their directory of listings or register under their “Get Matched” feature that matches students with scholarships that are tailored to them.


EduMed provides a guide to scholarships and resources for women. The guide showcases 20 scholarship opportunities (including many in the healthcare field) that can make all the difference in affording college. Also included is a list of valuable academic and career resources that women can use to maximize their success during and after college.