External Scholarships

These postings are all appropriate for students of optical sciences, even if the criteria do not specify "optical sciences." Scholarships for physics, engineering, materials science and astronomy are all open to OSC students.

Scholarships and fellowships are listed below in alphabetical order. The application deadlines are provided in bold.

Many applications are quite lengthy and require letters of recommendation; please begin the application process as early as possible.

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

  • 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
  • Deadline: December

American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants

  • 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
  • Deadline: Fall

DEPS Scholarships

  • 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
  • Deadline: April

Evette Harless Scholarship

  • The National Go Solar Foundation awards up to 10 scholarships annually to graduate students who are interested in research related to solar energy and who aim for a career in academia. This award is dedicated in honor and memory of Evette Harless, an educator who embodied the NGSF mission.
  • Eligibility: Graduate students with a minimum of 3.5 GPA who are U.S. citizens working with a faculty member on research projects related to solar energy
  • Deadline: September

Flinn Foundation Scholarship Program

  • The Flinn Foundation, in partnership with the state's three public universities, provides four years of study, academic-focused travel and personal mentorship from faculty members to high-achieving Arizona students with 20 generous scholarships each year. 
  • Eligibility: High-school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a minimum ACT score of 29 who are U.S. citizens and have been residents of Arizona for at least two years
  • Deadline: October

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship Program

  • 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
  • Deadlines: November

Hertz Foundation Fellowship Program

  • The Hertz Foundation conducts an annual competition to award exceptionally talented students of applied sciences and engineering, with a policy to structure their fellowships to be the most attractive in their class in both material terms and duration of tenure.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking doctoral degrees in applied physical, biological and engineering sciences
  • Application Available: August

L’Oréal USA for Women in Science

  • The L'Oréal USA for Women in Science Fellowship program has awarded 70 postdoctoral women scientists more than $3.5 million in grants since 2003.
  • Eligibility: female U.S. citizens and citizens of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico seeking postdoctoral degrees. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., D.P.H., or Sc.D. Find a full list of eligibility requirements here.
  • Application Available: December

Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Scholarship

  • In honor of the late Dr. Maria Teresa Velez, Associate Dean, University of Arizona Graduate College, and her lifelong commitment to promoting graduate student diversity and inclusion and pushing for the highest of excellence, the Graduate College established the Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Scholarship.
  • Eligibility: 1) A domestic graduate student, 2) admitted to a doctoral program at the University of Arizona, and 3) in good academic standing.
  • Application Deadline: November

Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

  • This award is offered by the Marshall Foundation to doctoral candidates with their dissertation proposals approved.
  • Eligibility: Doctoral candidates with approved dissertation proposals, GPAs over 3.5, demonstrated financial need and both U.S. citizenship and Arizona residency
  • Deadline: November

Michael Pate Optical Sciences Memorial Scholarship

  • 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
  • Deadline: June 30

Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting Fellowship

  • The Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting Fellowship provides unrestricted fellowships to talented, young optical scientists and engineers who believe their expertise can be utilized to improve society beyond the bench. The program is intended to encourage people of exceptional talent to pursue their newfound passion.
  • Eligibility: 1) OSA member who has received their terminal degree within the last five years. 2) OSA student members who will receive their terminal degree by the application deadline.
  • Deadline: December

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

  • 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
  • Deadline: January

NASA Space Technology Research Grants

  • 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
  • Deadline: January

National GEM Consortium Fellowship

  • 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
  • Deadline: November

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

  • 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
  • Deadline: Varies

National Physical Science Consortium

  • 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
  • Application Available: Nov. 30

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • 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
  • Deadline: November

OSA Foundation Harvey M. Pollicove Memorial Scholarship

  • 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. The 2013 scholarship will be presented to a UA student.
  • 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.
  • Deadline: August

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • 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
  • Deadline: November

RunRepeat Athletic Leadership Scholarship

  • The RunRepeat Athletic Scholarship is awarded once a year to the college or university student who best demonstrates how sport and leadership are connected and lead to living a healthier, more balanced life.
  • Eligibility: Must be an enrolled student, or a high school senior with a valid acceptance letter, at an accredited college or university, or valid proof of college or university enrollment will be required for all winning submissions, does not need to be a collegiate athlete to apply. 
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  • Deadline: November 

Semiconductor Research Corporation Global Research Collaboration Graduate Fellowship Program

  • 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
  • Application Available: November

SPIE Scholarships

  • 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
  • Deadline: February