Physics Scholarships and Grants

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Scholarship Name Scholarship Value Deadline
Sandia National Laboratories - Truman Postdoctoral Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering $111,200 annual salary. Anticipated 11/2017 ( Previous deadline 11/1/2016 )

This Fellowship is for independent research that supports Sandia's national-security mission. Fellows may work at either of Sandia's principal locations in New Mexico and California under the mentorship of a member of Sandia's technical staff. Sandia’s research areas include bioscience, computing and information science, engineering science, geosciences, materials science, nanodevices and microsystems, radiation effects and high energy density physics. The fellowship is for three years.

AIP State Department Fellowship Program $78,000 11/01/2017

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) selects 1 fellow to spend a year working in the State Department to contribute scientific and technical expertise. The fellow will work at the bureau or state department located in Washington, DC, usually from September through August. Scientists will raise awareness of the value of scientific input. Fellows also interact with policymakers in the federal government and learn about the foreign policy process.

American Institute of Physics / U.S. Department of State - Postdoctoral State Department Science Fellowship $77,500 stipend. Anticipated 11/2017 ( Previous deadline 11/1/2016 )

Fellowships allow scientists to contribute scientific and technical expertise to the Department and raise awareness of the value of scientific input. In turn, scientists broaden their experience by interacting with policymakers in the federal government and learning about the foreign policy process. Fellows work in offices of the U.S. State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. The American Astronomical Society provides an annual contribution to the fellowship. The fellowship is for one year.

Postdoctoral Research Program $73,500 01/01/2075

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico offers up to 30 postdoctoral scholars an opportunity to research and publish in a scientific environment. The program selection is based on detailed research proposals plus academic and research excellence. Scholars will advance knowledge in basic and applied science, and strengthen national scientific and technical capabilities. The position is a pathway to build a career path for postdoctoral scholars. The laboratory's focus is on defense and weapons systems, arms control programs, and basic research in national security and energy needs. LANL is located in Los Alamos, New Mexico, about 35 miles from Santa Fe.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for International Students at College of Business 2017/2018 $69,096 12/18/2017

Description: The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme is inviting applications from  talented students from around the world to undertake PhD studies at the College of Business,City University of Hong Kong .

Clay Fellowship $67,500 October 30

Applicant is expected to pursue research programs of their own conception and design, and they should state clearly why they believe that their professional goals would be furthered through research opportunities at the CfA. Applicant is expected to demonstrate their capability for original research through several first-author refereed publications in major astronomy journals.
Fellowship is awarded for a period of four years.
Award is in the form of a stipend, plus a research budget of $16,000 for full health benefits and relocation expenses ($7,500).
Renewable if recipient maintains satisfactory progress.
Study areas: astronomy, astrophysics, atomic/molecular physics, planetary science

Chandra X-Ray Center (CXC) - National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) - Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship $67,000 annual stipend. Anticipated 11/2017 ( Previous deadline 11/3/2016 )

The fellowship supports postdoctoral research that is broadly related to the science goals of the NASA Physics of the Cosmos program. This includes high energy astrophysics relevant to Chandra, Fermi, XMM-Newton, and future NASA X-ray missions, cosmological investigations relevant to Planck, WFIRST, or new dark energy missions, and gravitational astrophysics relevant to LISA Pathfinder and subsequent related missions. The proposed research may be observational, instrumental, theoretical, archival or study sources from these missions at other wavelengths. The research will be carried out at a U.S. host institution chosen by the fellow. The fellowships provide three years of support.

CfA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship $66,500 October 30

Applicant must have received a Ph.D. degree between January 1, 2014 and September 1, 2015. Applicant is expected to pursue research programs of their own conception and design, and they should state clearly why they believe that their professional goals would be furthered through research opportunities at the CfA. Demonstration of capability for original research through first-author referred publications in major astronomy journals is required.
Postdoctoral Program Awards is designed for candidates whose interests and proposed research programs fall under an active field of research at the CfA. Fellowship is awarded for a period of two years.
Award is in the form of a stipend, plus a research budget of $16,000 for full health benefits and relocation expenses ($7,500).
Recipient must maintain satisfactory progress.
Study areas: astronomy, astrophysics, atomic/molecular physics, planetary science

CfA Posdoctoral Fellowship $65,500 10/30/2017

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) awards an astrophysics postdoc scholar an opportunity to research at various facilities for up to 4 years. The CfA combines the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory under a single director, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Young scientist fellows will be supported by facilities all over the world, laboratories, a library system, and access to data on space missions. Fellows will research their own ideas and will also strive to be published in major astronomy journals.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program $44,000 November 18

Applicants must be full-time students who have completed no more than 12 months of graduate study and be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents. The fields of study are interdisciplinary, computer and information science and engineering, mathematical sciences, geosciences, psychology, social sciences, life sciences, chemistry, physics and astronomy and engineering.

SAO Predoctoral Program $30,200 01/01/2075

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) at Harvard University offers graduate students at least 6 months of support for thesis research in astrophysics. SAO is a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution (SI). It is located at Cambridge, Massachusetts, combined with Harvard College Observatory (HCO). The program welcomes graduate students from universities around the world interested in carrying out all or part of their research under the guidance of SAO Scientists. The facilities include telescopes, especially the Submillimeter Array on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, workstations, laboratories, and data from space missions.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - PGS Doctoral Scholarship $21,000 (Canadian) per year. Anticipated 10/2017 ( Previous deadline 10/15/2016 )

Note: The October 15 deadline is for direct application. Individuals applying through a Canadian university should note that there will be earlier departmental and university deadlines. Please consult the funder's website for more information.

NSERC supports Canadian citizens in doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering including civil and mechanical engineering; chemical, biomedical and materials science engineering; electrical engineering; computing sciences; mathematical sciences; physics and astronomy; chemistry; earth sciences; evolution and ecology; cellular and molecular biology; plant and animal biology; and psychology. The scholarships offers support for 2-3 years.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship $20,000 November 30

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen who is eligible to pursue graduate study at a participating NPSC-member university. Minimum 3.0 GPA, application, transcripts, GRE general exam scores, and three to five letters of recommendation required.
Award includes tuition and fees plus stipend.
Recipient must maintain acceptable academic standing and full-time status to retain fellowship.
Awarded quarterly.
Study areas: astronomy, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, geology, materials science, mathematical sciences, mechanical engineering, physics and sub disciplines

Aberystwyth University’s AberDoc PhD Scholarship Scheme in UK, 2017 £14,296 12/30/2017

The Aberystwyth University offers a package of research and training for full-time PhD students. These prestigious AberDoc scholarships are now open to UK/EU and Non-EU students who wish to study for a full-time PhD commencing in September 2017. These awards aim to develop the necessary skills required to meet applicant’s career choices and offer a breadth of development opportunities to enhance their research, teaching and transferable skills. University mission is to facilitate growth and development, and to challenge boundaries, helping students and staff to contribute to human Endeavour by unlocking their own talents. It seeks to nurture ability in all areas, share best practice, and remove institutional barriers to achievement. International and EU applicants will need to show evidence of a sufficient knowledge of English. This must be proved before the applicant begins their course. If they have not achieved the required level before sending their application, their formal offer for postgraduate study will include a condition stating that they need to achieve this level before the start of their course. If they do not reach the required level of proficiency, it will not be possible to admit them onto the course.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) - Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship

$6,000-10,000

Anticipated 6/2017 ( Previous deadline 6/30/2016 )

Scholarships support scholars, historians and writers who study the history of cancer, women in science, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, plant biology, the intersection of biology and physics, and other topics relating to the molecular biology revolution. The scholarship is intended to fund travel and other expenses associated with working on the project, including use of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives collections and sources at other locations. The scholarship is for one year.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) - Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) - Graduate Fellowships $6,000. Anticipated 10/2017 ( Previous deadline 10/15/2016 )

Fellowships support graduate students in electrical engineering, applied physics, or related fields whose research will promote the advancement of microwave theory and its applications, including RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz technologies. The fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second year.

RIT/SAE Engineering Scholarship $6,000 December 15

Applicant must be enrolled in a engineering technology or engineering program. Selection is based upon academic record and leadership abilities.
Award is per year. Application must be mailed to the co-sponsor, SAE International.
Renewable for three additional years of academic study if recipient maintains a minimum 2.8 GPA.
Study areas: engineering and engineering technology

Shell Oil Company Scholarships for Undergraduate Students in USA, 2017 $5,000 07/30/2017

Shell Oil Company offers $5,000 annual scholarships through the Shell Oil Company Technical Scholarship program. These scholarships are available to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a specific technical field of study at certain colleges. Shell is a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology and one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, gasoline and natural gas marketers and petrochemical manufacturers.

Minority Scholarships $5,000 09/30/2017

Xerox awards about 120 scholarships for underrepresented graduate students in the technical sciences or engineering disciplines. With this program, Xerox supports minority students' academic success.

Mathematics and Science Scholarship Program for Alabama Teachers $4,000 September 16

Award must be repaid unless the recipient works for five years in a targeted school system with critical needs.
Study areas: biology, general science, mathematics, physics

Postgraduate Scholarships for UK and EU Students at Cardiff University in UK, 2017 £3,000 07/05/2017

Cardiff University is pleased to offer Taught Masters Excellence Scholarship Scheme for the academic year 2017-2018. Scholarship scheme supports home and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master’s programme in September 2017. This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens. Cardiff University is a public research university located in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Founded in 1883 as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, it became one of the founding colleges of the University of Wales in 1893, and in 1997 received (but held in abeyance) its own degree-awarding powers. All overseas applicants whose first language is not English must have a standard level of English that will enable them to benefit fully from their course of study.

Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award $1,500|$2,500 September 1.

To promote doctoral thesis research of exceptional quality and importance in experimental condensed matter or experimental materials physics.

The University of Strathclyde, UK 2017 Science Undergraduate Scholarships £2000 09/01/2017

The Faculty of Science at University of Strathclyde is offering a range of scholarships for international students in 2017-2018. These scholarships will be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the academic year in September/October 2017. The aim of the scholarship is to recognise academic achievement and to attract the best science students from across the globe. The Faculty of Science is one of the UK’s leading faculties of science, providing a vibrant, dynamic, supportive and friendly place to study. The University accepts a number of English language tests as proof of proficiency in English. IELTS is the most widely available, and our current standard requirements are: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall (no individual band less than 5.5).

Faculty of Science Undergraduate Elite Scholarships at University of Strathclyde, UK £2000 09/01/2017

The Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde offers scholarships for international students to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the academic year in September/October 2017. The Faculty of Science is one of the UK’s leading faculties of science, providing a vibrant, dynamic, supportive and friendly place to study. The University accepts a number of English language tests as proof of proficiency in English. IELTS is the most widely available, and our current standard requirements are: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall (no individual band less than 5.5). Scholarships are available for pursuing full-time undergraduate programme at the Faculty of Science in the field of Computer and information sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and statistics, Physics, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences Worth of Award £2000 scholarships towards course tuition fees are available in each year of study of a full-time undergraduate programme. Eligibility To apply for a Science Elite scholarship, candidates must: Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the academic year in September/October 2017. Hold an offer of study on a course at the University of Strathclyde Be paying full international fees Some scholarships have restrictions on other funding you can accept. This means that you if you are awarded two Strathclyde scholarships you will have to decide which scholarship to accept. How to Apply: Applications should be made online. Deadline: The application deadline is September 1, 2017. Click here for more details and to apply

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers $2,000 December 1.

To provide scholarships for future high school physics teachers.

Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in $1,000|$1,500 July 1.

To promote doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in computational physics and to encourage effective written and oral presentation of research results.

Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics $1,000|$1,500 July 1.

To support exceptional young scientists who have performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of experimental particle physics.

Donna Weistrop and David B. Shaffer Scholarship $1,000 December 1

Applicant must be a master's student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate college pursuing a degree in astronomy, chemistry, geoscience, or physics. Preference given to students in physics or astronomy. Minimum 3.5 GPA, resume, statement of purpose, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation required. Recipient must remain in good standing in degree program and complete a minimum of six graduate credits each semester of the scholarship year.
Study areas: astronomy, chemistry, geoscience, physics

Arthur BC Walker Scholarships $1,000 December 1.

To support interest in physics by providing educational assistance for skilled physics majors.

Harvey Washington Banks Scholarships in Astronomy $1,000 December 1.

To support interest in physics by providing educational assistance for skilled physics majors.

Harry L. Morrison Scholarships $1,000 December 1.

To support interest in physics by providing educational assistance for skilled physics majors.

Michael P. Anderson Scholarships in Space Science $1,000 December 1.

To support interest in physics by providing educational assistance for skilled physics majors.

Ronald E. McNair Scholarships in Space and Optical Physics $1,000 December 1.

To support interest in physics by providing educational assistance for skilled physics majors.

Walter Samuel McAfee Scholarships in Space Physics $1,000 December 1.

To support interest in physics by providing educational assistance for skilled physics majors.

Willie Hobbs Moore Scholarships $1,000 December 1.

To support interest in physics by providing educational assistance for skilled physics majors.

H. Kendall Reynolds Memorial Scholarship in Physics $800 November

Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate leadership.

NAR Scholarship Program, Robert L. Cannon Educator Award, and NAR Extracurricular Activity Grant $500 June 1st

Did you know that if you are NAR member between the ages of 17 and 22 attending college or a vocational school that you may be eligible to receive a scholarship?

Couponbirds "Help to Save" Scholarship $500 10/21/2017

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Murray State University/Engineering Physics/SAE Engineering Scholarship $400 December 1

Selection is based upon standardized test scores and GPA.
Study areas: Engineering Physics

M. Hildred Blewett Fellowships Unspecified June 1.

To enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers.

M. Hildred Blewett Fellowships Unspecified June 1.

To enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers.

16 DTU H.C. Ørsted Fellowships for International Researchers in Denmark – 2017 Unspecified 07/01/2017

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites applications for up to 16 H.C. Ørsted fellowships for researchers, which is co-funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. These fellowships are open to young talented researchers from all over the world. The Programme will contribute to the researcher’s career development, broadening and be deepening individual competencies through exposure to an international and multidisciplinary environment. The Programme is based on incoming mobility and will enable experienced researchers from all over the world to carry out curiosity-driven, bottom-up research projects within all branches of engineering science at DTU. Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is recognized internationally as a leading university in the areas of the technical and the natural sciences, renowned for business-oriented approach, focus on sustainability, and amazing study environment.

Mozilla - Fellowships in Open Source and Data Sharing in the Life/Natural Sciences $60,000 stipend. Anticipated 7/2017 ( Previous deadline 7/15/2016 )

Fellowships are for early-career researchers working to shift research practice to be more collaborative, iterative and open in the life and natural sciencesFellows remain at their home institution but receive training and support from Mozilla to hone their skills around open source and data sharing. They will also craft code, curriculum and other learning resources that help their local communities learn open data practices. Fellows spend up to 20% of their time on continuing their personal research. Fellowships are for 10 months.

Germany Scholarships for International Students at University of Koblenz-Landau, 2017 Unspecified 15 July2017

The University of Koblenz-Landau is inviting applications for Successful Start Scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded to international students for pursuing masters (M.Sc.) program start their studies in the winter semester 2017-2018.The primary aim of this scholarship is to support qualified international students financially during their first semester at the University of Koblenz-Landau so that they can settle in and get used to living and studying in Germany.

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) - Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research into Complex Biological Systems Stipend, child allowance, and relocation allowance vary according to country. Anticipated 8/2017 ( Previous deadline 8/25/2016 )

Postdoctoral fellowships support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems, with emphasis placed on novel approaches that cross disciplinary boundaries, in laboratories in HFSP Member Countries. Fellowships are open to scientists from biophysics, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and nanoscience. Research should focus on new approaches for understanding the complex structures and regulatory networks that characterize the evolution and interactions of organisms and biological systems. Fellowships are for 3 years. Fellows may choose to stay for up to three years in the host country or use the last year of their fellowship to return to their home country or to move to another HFSPO member country.

PhD Positions in Astrophysics at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich in Germany Unspecified 09/01/2017

The International Max Planck Research School on Astrophysics at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich is offering about 25 PhD positions for research topics in various fields of astrophysics. PhD Positions are open for international students. Positions are available in various fields of astrophysics- Infrared-Astronomy (MPE), High Energy Astrophysics (MPE), Optical and Interpretative Astronomy (MPE), Center for Astrochemical Studies (MPE), Extragalactic Astronomy (USM), Computational Astrophysics (USM), Stellar Astrophysics – Expanding Atmospheres of Hot Stars (USM), Computational Star and Planet Formation Group (USM), Plasma-Astrophysics (USM), Young Stars & Star Formation Group (USM), Cosmology and Structure Formation (USM), Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology (MPA), High Energy Astrophysics (MPA), Supernovae (MPA), Stellar Astrophysics (MPA), from planets and star formation to stellar structure (ESO) and from ISM, stellar populations, and clusters of galaxies and cosmology(ESO). Successful applicants with an MSc degree will receive a work contract of about EUR 1400 per month, (depending on family status) for a maximum period of three years if required.

APPLY: 25 PhD Positions in Astrophysics at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich in Germany, 2017 Unspecified 09/01/2017

Description: The International Max Planck Research School on Astrophysics at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich is offering about 25 PhD positions for research topics in various fields of astrophysics. PhD Positions are open for international students. Candidates whose native language is not English or German are required to provide a certificate documenting proficiency in English, for example, TOEFL (IbT of at least 94 points) or IELTS (of at least 7 points) or equivalent.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) - Postdoctoral Career Award at the Scientific Interface


The awardprovides the following levels of support during the postdoctoral portion of the award, i.e., years 1-2:
Salary and Research: $65,000.
Administrative Fee: $5,000.
Annual Total: $70,000.

The award provides the following le

Anticipated 9/2017 ( Previous deadline 9/6/2016 )

NOTE: The 9/1/16 deadline is for a preproposal. The full proposal will be due 1/9/17.

Sloan Research Fellowships Unspecified September 16.

To stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

Sloan Research Fellowships Unspecified September 16.

To stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.