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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 Scholarships.com database but for more, complete a free scholarship search.

ACF Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nichol Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2021
  • Amount: $800
  • The Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nickol Scholarship Program is for a Albuquerque High School senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in a STEM major. Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need and have a 3.6 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Applicants for the APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women must be female, including all students who present or identify as women and/or trans women, with sophomore or junior standing at a U.S. college or university at the time of application. Students must also be majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science/engineering, computer science/engineering, chemical, electrical, [...] More

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • 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. Applicants must be incoming freshman [...] More

Boston University’s Noyce Scholarship Program In Math

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Boston University offers scholarships (through the Robert Noyce Program) for talented STEM majors and STEM professionals to become mathematics teachers. Noyce Scholars at Boston University receive 100% tuition support, a master’s degree and initial teacher licensure, and job-placement assistance. Eligible applicants must have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or related field, be legal US [...] More

Catching The Dream Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Founded in 1986, Catching the Dream strives to help improve the quality of life in Indian communities through the higher education of Indian people by providing scholarship funds to Native college students who demonstrate academic achievement, clearly defined goals, leadership, the determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others realize their dreams. The [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elms College Elm STEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time. In order to apply, you must be a prospective full-time, first-year student at Elms College; be a prospective major in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics, except for clinical [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The EPP Undergraduate Scholarship 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 environmental disciplines that support these sciences. You must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time, second-year student in a four-year [...] More

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $9,500
  • The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 [...] More

Gladys Carol Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, and current undergraduate level students who are United States citizens or permanent residents. They must be pursuing a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degree at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the United States. A minimum cumulative [...] More

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program is available to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, qualified recipients will become Freemont Scholars. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior (must plan on attending a HBCU) or an undergraduate students (must currently attend a HBCU); graduate students are [...] More

Jesse L. Jackson-Fellows Toyota Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Jesse Jackson Fellows-Toyota Scholarship is a renewable scholarship that awards up to $25,000 dollars annually to deserving African-American college sophomores. Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, be a business or STEM (Science, technology, engineering and/or math) major that can be applied to the automotive industry, [...] More

M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2021
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship is offered to female students who are pursuing careers in physics. To be eligible, applicants must: have completed work toward a Ph.D.; provide written proof from a U.S. or Canadian institution that the applicant will have institutional affiliation during the tenure of the grant; and, be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or legal resident, or resident alien eligible to [...] More

National GEM Consortium Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2020
  • Amount: $16,000
  • 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 the industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high-level technical careers. GEM [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state (and a US citizen). Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. [...] More

Oregon Space Grant Consortium Scholarship and Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/24/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is pleased to provide students attending our member colleges and universities opportunities to apply for scholarship and fellowship awards that support their academic goals and recognize their achievements. Opportunities are open to new and continuing students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and STEM [...] More

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/6/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM students which are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ community. One scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one will go to a [...] More

Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Knop Science Scholarship is a prestigious four-year, full tuition scholarship based on the next academic year's tuition figures. This is offered to high-achieving students majoring in the fields of math or science. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

SAPA Scholarship & Excellence in Education Program

  • Application Deadline: 7/6/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The primary purpose of SAPA Scholarship is to recognize and support educational excellence achieved by outstanding high school students, and to encourage the finest high school graduates to develop careers in life sciences. SAPA will award undergraduate scholarships to selected candidates, known as SAPA Scholars, in September for use during their college freshman year. The awards will be made on [...] More

SEG Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Society of Exploration Geophysicists offers a range of different scholarship opportunities. Applicant must be a high school senior planning to attend college next year, or a current undergraduate or graduate student, have above-average grades, and intend to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in applied geophysics. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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 up to $1,000 to students from most areas of the [...] More

SVC Foundation College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/4/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The SVC scholarship fund is intended to further the education of any individual who is entering or is currently enrolled in a course of study related to vacuum coating technology at an accredited educational institution may apply. Preference will be given to undergraduate and graduate students whose major is engineering, physics, materials science and other fields related to vacuum coating. For [...] More

The Rubber Division, ACS Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Rubber Division, ACS offers two Undergraduate Scholarships to students entering their junior or senior year for the fall-spring academic year. In addition, the former Connecticut Rubber Group offers a Russell Mazzeo Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship. Applicants for these scholarships may have a major area study in chemistry, physics, chemical or mechanical engineering, polymer science or any [...] More

The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and guaranteed civilian employment with the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion. Applicants must be pursuing [...] More

WHOI Summer Student Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/5/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • Summer Student Fellowships at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are awarded to undergraduate students who have completed their junior or senior year at colleges or universities and are studying in any of the fields of science or engineering including but not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, oceanography, and [...] More

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $32,000
  • The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals, with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Pennsylvania. The Fellowship has also prepared over a thousand teachers in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, [...] More

ZONTA Milwaukee Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs [...] More

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Last Reviewed: July 2020