Government Resources and Opportunities

You can find funding opportunities in a variety of government departments and agencies: almost every agency has them. Check them individually in organizations of interest to you.

Note that while many of these opportunities sound as if they are meant for students in STEM disciplines, they also may be open to students in other disciplines including business, communications, policy, law, etc.


All federal government programs should be listed on either or – the only problem is that these sites include EVERYTHING and thus can be difficult to use. list of scholarships, but not comprehensive more complete, but must search by topic can include some of these opportunities, so worth a look

Science.Gov: internship and fellowship opportunities in science graduate student STEM opportunities undergraduate STEM opportunities

Opportunities include:

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellowships

Department of Energy (DoE) Scholars Program, Science Graduate Fellowship Program, Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, and others, plus the programs at the national labs. Also internships.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship Program and other opportunities

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fellowships

Library of Congress

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) fellowships

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) and others, including those at the individual labs

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships (NDSEG)

National Institute of Health (NIH) undergrad and grad, with a variety of institutions, US and UK

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF): the biggest at NSF, but there are a variety of undergrad, graduate, and supplemental programs.  Start here, and you can also search "scholarship" and "fellowship" for possibilities.

National Security Education Programs (NSEP): language and culture study opportunities

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program, with a service commitment


U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC):  search "fellowships and scholarships"