Underrepresented Minority Fellowships

Additional information for students underrepresented in STEM can be found in the Diversity section of the Life Sciences web page.


American Society of Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship 


CalTech WAVE Fellows Program

Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science

Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience Program

CURE, Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center

Harvard School of Public Health Summer Program in Biological Sciences

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Programhttps://lifesciences.fas.harvard.edu/urm#HHMI

MGH Summer Research Trainee Programhttps://lifesciences.fas.harvard.edu/urm#MIRT

NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Integrating Biology from Molecules to Ecosystems

PPIA Junior Summer Institute

STARS - Summer Training in Academic Research Training and Scholarship

STEER: Environmental Health Summer Internships for Undergraduates, UC Berkeley

SUPERB: Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program

Summer Health Professions and Education Program (SHPEP)

UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program

Woods Hole Summer Student Fellowship Program 



American Society of Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Underrepresented Minority Students

Students conduct summer research in microbiology with an ASM faculty member, either at their home institution or at another university. Expenses are also covered for travel to the ASM general meeting and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).


CalTech WAVE Fellows Program

Caltech's WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program supports Caltech's commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, engineering, and math leaders.  The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.


CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience Program)

CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience Program) is a summer research program at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University for underserved college students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. It is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Each year the Lurie Cancer Center accepts 12 college students to work alongside top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories.


Harvard School of Public Health Summer Program in Biological Sciences - This intensive 9 week laboratory-based biological research program is for undergraduate students during the summer following their sophomore or junior year.  Interns apply state-of-the art technology in their own research projects, which focus on biological science questions that are important to the prevention of disease, under the direction of a Harvard faculty member.

Interns receive a generous stipend, travel allowance and free dormitory housing.


Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) -The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) is a ten-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students' understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/translational research. Eligible participants are undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, particularly those attending Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) and Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) NIH-funded institutions, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and/or Tribal Colleges with baccalaureate degree programs, and/or alumni of the Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program and/or the Biomedical Science Careers Program. US Citizens or U.S. Noncitizen Nationals or Permanent Residents of U.S. are eligible to apply.


STARS - Summer Training in Academic Research Training and Scholarship - STARS provides underrepresented minority (URM) medical and undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in exciting basic, clinical and translational research projects during the summer at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Housing and stipend provided.


Summer Health Professions and Education Program (SHPEP)

The SHPEP is a six-week, fully-funded program at 12 universities around the country. The program is open to undergraduates who are interested in careers in medicine or dentistry and are underrepresented minorities or are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants take science and writing classes, receive training in career development, and are exposed to clinical work.


NIH Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

The goal of the Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research at NHLBI is to expose students to research investigation in a highly enriched environment that is devoted exclusively to biomedical research and training. The Program is open to high school and college, graduate or Medical and Dental Students. Participants join a research laboratory for a minimum of ten weeks between June and August and conduct research in selected areas of investigation under the guidance of an NHLBI intramural research scientist.

Applicants must be either US citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled full-time in high school, college, professional or graduate school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program - The MMUFP aims to counter the under-representation of minority groups on college and university faculties nationwide by encouraging minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity, to pursue academic careers. It provides opportunities for talented undergraduates to work with faculty mentors and sponsors in research and other activities designed to encourage the pursuit of the PhD in the humanities and core sciences.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program - The HHMI offers an Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) for undergraduates from groups underrepresented in the sciences and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students must be nominated by an HHMI professor, a director of an HHMI-funded undergraduate program or faculty at an institution currently active in the Science Education Alliance (SEA).


Woods Hole Summer Student Fellowship Program -  Summer Student Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students who will have completed their junior year at colleges or universities by the start of the fellowship period. Preference is given to students 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 marine policy. Students must have at least a tentative interest in the ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine policy.

Fellowship recipients who are coming from outside of the US will receive help and information from the Foreign National Advisor in obtaining the proper paperwork for visas. 

Stipend: $562.50 per week for the ten- to twelve-week program. Institution housing is provided for all Fellowship recipients.


MGH Summer Research Trainee Program

Each summer, twenty students are selected from a nationwide competition to join SRTP. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of a Mass General Hospital (MGH) investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student's research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly seminars at MGH, attend career development workshops and networking events, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.


UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program is a national program to increase research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. This program provides outstanding science undergraduates with research experience and increases participants’ competitiveness as candidates for admission to prestigious graduate and professional institutions. Additionally, this program encourages participants to pursue a Ph.D. or the joint M.D./Ph.D. degree and research careers in the sciences and biotechnology. Applicants from diverse populations and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.



The ASSURE program, supported by the National Science Foundation, provides up to ten summer internship placements for undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research projects, supervised by leading experts in the space science and engineering fields. This program is dedicated to providing opportunities for enthusiastic and dedicated first generation college students, underrepresented minorities, community college students, and any students for whom a research opportunity may be a challenge. Students majoring in physics, math, astronomy, astrophysics, computer science, chemistry, geology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and other related subjects are encouraged to apply. 


Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science

The Center offers programs to stimulate undergraduate students’ interest in science and engineering, and particularly in energy efficient electronics science. There are E3S programs for undergraduates at different stages of their undergraduate studies. In addition, the Center also provides educational opportunities for faculty in undergraduate institutions. Our initiatives, while open only to US Citizens and Permanent Residents, are designed to ensure and promote the inclusion of diverse groups in science and engineering. In particular, the Center seeks undergraduates and their instructors who are from underrepresented minority communities, women, veterans, and/or first in the family attending college.


NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Integrating Biology from Molecules to Ecosystems


  • Individual research projects in participating faculty laboratories in the Departments of Integrative Biology, Molecular & Cell Biology and Plant & Microbial Biology at the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Integrated program of academic and professional development: group tutorials on cell, developmental and evolutionary biology; informal faculty research seminars; workshops on the graduate school application process, life as a graduate student, oral and written communication skills, and career opportunities for Ph.D.s.
  • Mentoring from faculty, graduate students, and postdocs
  • 10 week program (June 02 to August 11, 2018)
  • $5,200 stipend
  • Paid on-campus housing in International House, includes 19 meals/week
  • Travel costs reimbursed up to $600
  • Excursions and social programs highlighting attractions of the San Francisco Bay Area


PPIA Junior Summer Institute

This summer will mark the 37th year the Goldman School has hosted a Summer Institute in policy skills. Over the years this program has been grounded programmatically to empower and better address the needs of historically under-served communities. The Junior Summer Institute at UC Berkeley offers student participants a rigorous seven-week program of coursework designed to improve the participants’ analytical and quantitative skills vital to success at top-level graduate programs in public policy and international affairs as well as law school. Additionally, the Institute includes a variety of activities intended to give participants a comprehensive knowledge of the opportunities for professional careers in public service. Each year the program admits approximately 30 undergraduates from across the nation.  


STEER: Environmental Health Summer Internships for Undergraduates, UC Berkeley 

Spend eight weeks during summer 2017 (Monday, June 19th through Friday, August 11th) working with a University of California researcher in a paid summer internship program. Gain valuable experience and join other students who are interested in careers in science working on research projects that could be important for future academic and career opportunities.

What you can expect if you are admitted to the STEER Program:

  1. A meaningful opportunity to work with experienced faculty on some aspect of a research project addressing the relationship between environmental exposures and human health.
  2. Participation in a series of seminars that will:
    • Introduce you to a range of research being carried out by EHS faculty
    • Instruct you on the responsible conduct of science and the protection of human participants and animals in research
    • Teach you about job opportunities in environmental health sciences
    • Provide you with some practical instruction in applying to graduate school in environmental health sciences
    • Provide you with an opportunity to discuss your research experience and present your findings.
  3. Participation in field trips to give you some experience of environmental health issues in the real world.


SUPERB: Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

SUPERB participants spend nine weeks at UC Berkeley during the summer working on exciting ongoing research projects focused on Big Data with EECS faculty mentors and graduate students. Students who participate in this research apprenticeship explore options for graduate study, gain exposure to a large research-oriented department, and are motivated to pursue graduate study.

SUPERB participants receive a $4,500 stipend, room and board on campus in the International House, and up to $600 for travel expenses.

SUPERB is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site Program.


CURE, Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center

The CURE program introduces scientifically curious high school and college students from groups currently underrepresented in the sciences to the world of cancer research. Students are placed in laboratories and research environments at the seven DF/HCC member institutions: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as research environments at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


MIRT: Multidisciplinary International Research Training

The Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) program is a national program designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral science research careers. The program provides support for undergraduate and graduate students to do research work overseas. MIRT is funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health as part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MIRT/MHIRT) Program. The Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health MIRT Program (formerly the University of Washington MIRT Program) builds on established linkages with academic institutions throughout the world including in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Republic of Georgia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Australia. Students spend 8-12 weeks (beginning mid-June) at the foreign research site.