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Optics & Photonics MS & PhD: External Scholarships

Name Amount Details and Eligibility

American Association for the Advancement of Science Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

Deadline: December


  • AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships help to establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and scientific professionals to support public policy that benefits the wellbeing of the nation and the planet. 
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens with doctoral degrees, solid scientific and technical credentials, a commitment to serving society and good communications skills

American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants

Deadline: Fall

  • The AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.
  • Eligibility: Women seeking postbaccalaureate opportunities, including graduate degrees, postdoctoral research and career development

DEPS Scholarships

Deadline: April

  • The Directed Energy Professional Society is the premier organization for the exchange of information on the development and application of directed energy, which includes both high energy lasers and high power microwaves.
  • Eligibility: Graduate students pursuing studies in HEL and HPM

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship Program

Deadline: November

  • The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties to maximize the educational benefits of diversity and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. They offer fellowships at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens seeking a research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. who have a history of superior academic achievement and a commitment to a career in teaching and research at a post-secondary institution

Michael Pate Optical Sciences Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: June 30

  • This scholarship was set up in memory of Michael Pate, an optical engineer passionate about teaching and learning throughout his career.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students with a minimum 3.5 GPA

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

Deadline: January

  • Fostering new generations of highly skilled scientists and engineers is critically important to the aeronautics community. The ASP offers our nation's research leaders of tomorrow exceptional funding as undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students

NASA Space Technology Research Grants

Deadline: January

  • This program aims to accelerate the development of "push" technologies to support the future space science and exploration needs of NASA, other government agencies and the commercial space sector. Innovative efforts with high risk and high payoff will be encouraged.
  • Eligibility: Graduate students

National GEM Consortium Fellowship

Deadline: November

  • The National GEM Consortium enables outstanding minority students to obtain master's degrees in engineering and doctorates in engineering and the natural and physical sciences.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents with African-American, Hispanic American or Native American heritage

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Deadline: Varies

  • Part of the National Institutes of Health, the NIBIB supports basic research and research training through investigator-initiated grants, contracts, program project and center grants, and career development and training awards.
  • Eligibility: Various opportunities available for undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and career- level researchers in biomedical technologies

National Physical Science Consortium

Application Available:
Nov. 30

  • The National Physical Science Consortium, a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry and higher education, offers a unique graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. 
  • Eligibility: Graduate students who are U.S. citizens, with an emphasis on applicants who are female or members of a historically underrepresented minority

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Deadline: November

  • The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering Graduate Research Fellowships, which provide three years of support for graduate study.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens seeking research-based master's or doctoral degrees

OSA Foundation Harvey M. Pollicove Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: August

  • The OSA Foundation offers the Harvey M. Pollicove Memorial Scholarship each year to a student pursuing a degree in the field of precision optics manufacturing. The award rotates among four universities: the University of Arizona, the University of Central Florida, the University of Rochester and Monroe Community College.
  • Eligibility: Students must be enrolled at least part-time in an optical manufacturing program, intend to work in the U.S. optics manufacturing industry upon graduation and agree to complete and submit a scholarship report if they are awarded.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Deadline: November

  • The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, which supports graduate study for immigrants or children of immigrants who possess at least a green card, was established in recognition of the contributions that new Americans have made and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family
  • Eligibility: Senior undergraduates or first- or second-year graduate students under the age of 31 who are naturalized citizens, hold green cards, or have parents who were born outside the U.S. but became naturalized citizens

Semiconductor Research Corporation Global Research Collaboration Graduate Fellowship Program

Application Available: November

  • The GRC Graduate Fellowship Program addresses the issues of improving educational opportunities at the doctoral level and supplying a relevantly educated workforce for the semiconductor industry.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursing Ph.D. study who will be performing research under an approved research program

SPIE Scholarships

Deadline: February

  • As a student, you represent the future of optics, photonics and imaging, as well as the future of SPIE. The Society has distributed more than $3 million through its scholarship program.
  • Eligibility: High-school, undergraduate and graduate students

SMART Scholarship

Deadline: December

  • A U.S. citizen at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2014,
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and,
  • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.
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