Physics Scholarships

Inertia. Absolute zero. Critical mass. Scalar quantity. If these terms appear frequently in your homework and exams – and the answers you give garner A’s from your teachers – you could have a promising career in physics ahead of you. But before you consider changing your name to Albert or Isaac, ask yourself this: Do you have the funds to pay for the schooling that will get you there?

Physics scholarships (and scholarships in the related fields of math, computer science, engineering and technology) are readily available to majors displaying drive, ingenuity and academic success. Good thing, since most careers in this field require graduate degrees (here are the top schools for them, according to U.S. News and World Report) and lots of research. Fellowships and internships are both excellent ways for students to gain valuable experience in their desired concentrations and earn stipends at the same time.

As for additional financial aid, there’s plenty out there. Harvard’s Department of Physics guarantees full financial support for all graduate students if they “remain in good standing and complete assigned duties in a satisfactory manner” and American University, Washington State and Ohio State all offer university-based physics scholarships. There are external funding options, too, like the ones awarded by the National Society of Black Physicists and the Art of Problem Solving. See below for some of the physics scholarships in the database but for more, complete a free scholarship search.

ACIL Academic Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 03, Annually
The ACIL Scholarship Alliance, a division of the Independent Laboratories Institute, helps to ensure future generations of skilled employees for the laboratory testing community. Finding and keeping qualified technical personnel is a constant challenge for our industry. To encourage future generations of skilled employees, the ACIL Scholarship Alliance annually offers academic scholarships up to [...] More

AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards have been established by the AIAA Evolution of Flight Campaign and the AIAA Foundation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight. The Awards recognize the Wright brother’s aeronautical achievements and contributions to the evolution of flight.

The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards provide [...] More

AMS Graduate Fellowships
Application Deadlines: January 16, Annually
The AMS Graduate Fellowships are sponsored by industry leaders and government agencies and are designed to attract promising young scientists to prepare for careers in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic fields.

Eligibility Requirements
- Applicants must be entering their first year of graduate school in the upcoming fall semester and provide evidence of acceptance as a [...] More

APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
Application Deadlines: February 07, Annually
The American Physical Society Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Students Physics Majors consists of $2,000 per year for new recipients and $3,000 per year for renewal recipients to be used for tuition, room & board and educational materials.

The goal of this minority scholarship is to increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics. It provides funding [...] More

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with [...] More

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund
Application Deadlines: February 19, Annually
The Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund will award five scholarships of $5,000 to qualified incoming freshmen enrolled at four-year colleges or universities. Each scholarship is renewable for a total of four years on the basis of satisfactory academic performance in a full-time undergraduate program. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Eligibility Criteria:
-Incoming [...] More

Catching The Dream MESBEC Program
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Formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund, Catching the Dream (CTD) was chartered in 1986 to help provide Indian tribes, Indian communities and tribal organizations with professionally trained and educated Native Americans.

The MESBEC program is the oldest of CTD's programs providing scholarships for high-potential Native American students in Math, Engineering, Science, Business, [...] More

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
Application Deadlines: November 12, Annually
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 30, Annually
The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] More

ExCEL Computing Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Awards are $5,000 per year (and for graduate students also nine credits of tuition remission, valued at over $7,000). Note that this award can be combined with other financial aid granted by Loyola, which is typically substantial at the undergraduate level.

Eligible degree programs are: B.S. in bioinformatics, communications networks and security, computer science, computer science and [...] More

M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics consists of an award of up to $45,000 to enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers for family reasons. The applicant must currently be a legal resident or resident alien of the United States or Canada. She must be currently in Canada or the United States and must have an affiliation with [...] More

Minnesota Space Grant Consortium
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The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium scholarship program is available to U.S. Citizens who are full-time students registered at MnSGC Affiliate Member Institutions (listed below).

Students majoring in science, mathematics, computer science, and engineering are eligible (Pre-Med is discouraged, but some Biology Majors may apply). Students may download forms from the website, but need to [...] More

Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Scholarships and Fellowships
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Scholarships are for U.S. citizens who are enrolled full-time at one of the Affiliate Member MnSGC schools. Applicants must be majoring in science, math, or engineering fields with an interest in working for NASA.

A GPA of 3.5 is standard, but may vary with each school. Applicants must contact faculty representatives at their school for more information.

The MnSGC is part of the [...] More

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Application Deadlines: December 18, Annually
As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2015, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude [...] More

National GEM Consortium Fellowships
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
GEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
- Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
- Be a United States citizen
- Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis

Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More

Northrop Grumman HENAAC Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Since its inception ten years ago, the HENAAC Scholars Program has experienced tremendous growth. In 2008, through the generous support of our program sponsors, we passed the one million dollar amount in scholarship dollars awarded. In 2010, for the first time we awarded scholarships to more than 100 STEM students. HENAAC scholarship honorees continue to pave the way for future generations of [...] More

Oregon Space Grant Undergraduate Scholar Program
Application Deadlines: May 23, Annually
Each year the Oregon Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is pleased to provide undergraduates from our member colleges and universities the opportunity to apply for scholarship awards that support their academic goals and recognize their achievements.

The OSGC Undergraduate Scholarship Programs support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) objectives of fostering and encouraging [...] More

Pennsylvania SciTech Scholarships
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SciTech Scholarships provide up to $3,000 per year for students pursuing a bachelor's degree. To be eligible, a student must:
- have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for postsecondary study at the time of application for this program
- be at least a sophomore who is enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree in an approved science or [...] More

Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
The Knop Science Scholarship is a prestigious four-year, full tuition scholarship based on the next academic year's tuition figures. The Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Board convenes each year at the beginning of the second semester. The mission of the board is to identify high-achieving students who show the potential to contribute greatly to the science and mathematics departments at Ripon [...] More

SAPA Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The SAPA Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA) in 1999. Over the past years, SAPA has become a major pharmaceutical professional organization with 4,000 members and three chapters in the Northeast and West Coast.

The Foundation is supported by the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals [...] More

SEG Foundation General Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Through the generosity of our donors, there are approximately 75 different scholarships. Half are unrestricted scholarships; the rest have specific donor intentions that include consideration for major/minor, university, career intention, involvement in student activities, year of study, or particular research field.

Interested students complete one application which provides the committee [...] More

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
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The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas [...] More

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science SOARS Program
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [...] More

Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The SVC scholarship fund is intended to further the education of people entering or already participating in a course of study important to vacuum coating technology at an accredited institution. Anyone attending an accredited technical, vocational, two-year, undergraduate or graduate school may apply, including students and practitioners already working in the vacuum coating technology field. [...] More

WIFLE Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 17, Annually
The WIFLE Foundation (WIFLE) is an organization whose goal is to achieve gender equity within federal law enforcement through the recruitment, retention and promotion of qualified women in law enforcement, and to develop an information-sharing and support network for all women in law enforcement. In July 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics announced that as of [...] More

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students. That is why we offer a Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.

Applicants must be academic high-achievers (3.0 or better GPA). Applicants must be US citizens or visa-holding Permanent Residents of [...] More

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