Engineering: Scholarships & Careers

Engineering trends

"Assuming that engineering students in different racial and ethnic groups choose their majors in future years the way they do now, the proportion of students in various disciplines is unlikely to change significantly in the coming decade. This databyte, the second in a series that explores future undergraduate engineering trends, draws on data from ASEE’s 2016 Profiles survey and from a recent study that projects future cohorts of high school graduates (Projections of High School Graduates by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education—Graduate Projection, December 2016). To arrive at the projection shown in the accompanying graphics, we calculated the number and percentage of students entering different engineering disciplines during their first year in 2016 by race and ethnicity, and applied those percentages to projected 2027 high school graduates by race and ethnicity. The results show the percentages of freshman engineering students enrolling in different engineering disciplines in 2028. It’s quite possible that new majors, such as data science, will emerge and be widely adopted by engineering schools. In that case, the proportions may shift." -- ASEE Prism, May 2018

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Scholarships & Internships

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program.

The purpose of this NASA program is to help advance the nation's aeronautics enterprise by investing in the educational development of the future aeronautics workforce and to provide opportunities to attract highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to aeronautics and related fields. Scholarships awarded include competitive stipend payments anticipated amount for undergrad up to $15,000 and up to $35,000 for graduate. There is an option to attend a summer internship (up to $10,000 per summer) at a participating NASA Research Center. The undergraduate program is open to U.S. citizens, and applicants should have completed their sophomore year of college by fall of 2009, and should be in good standing at an accredited college or university. The graduate program is open to U.S. citizens, the applicants should be accepted or enrolled in an accredited program, and remain in good academic standing at their respected college or university. Application is expected to open in September and close December. For more information, contact

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG).

The fellowship program is sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program. This program is intended for U.S. citizens or nationals at or near the beginning of their graduate  studies in science or engineering. The fellowships are for three-year tenures and include full tuition and fees, a competitive stipend, and a health insurance allowance. The application cycle is from September to January.

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

For U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens at or near the beginning of their graduate studies, this program offers a stipend of $30,000 a year for three years, a $10,500 cost of education allowance to the university, and a one-time $1,000 travel allowance.  There are 900-1,600 anticipated awards in FY09 pending availability of funds.  The application cycle is from August to early November.

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program.  

The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program was established as a concentrated effort to enhance the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce with talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers. For over a decade, SMART Scholars have been working within labs and agencies of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Additional DoD to support the warfighter and create an impact to secure our nation. SMART Scholars enter the program to pursue their education in some of the leading STEM fields currently in high demand by the United States Government. The program offers scholarships for bachelors, masters and PhD students pursuing STEM. While in school, students will receive full tuition, monthly stipends, health insurance and book allowances, as well as summer internships that range from 8 to 12 weeks. Upon degree completion, scholars begin working in a civilian position with their sponsoring facility. The internships and work experience allow scholars the opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in STEM and defense.

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI). 

These programs are designed to provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering:  1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. The institutes last approximately 8-10 weeks from June to August. Application cycle is from September to early December.

Subjects: Engineering
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