The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), administered by ASEE, helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.
This Student and Early Career Information page from NSF summarizes funding opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral student researchers to participate in international research and education activities. Individual postdoctoral and graduate student researchers may apply directly for a number of OISE programs. In addition, postdoctoral and graduate and undergraduate student researchers may be supported as participants in collaborative research projects, joint workshops, and other activities supported by NSF.
The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1.) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2.) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3.) an orientation to the society, culture, and language. The primary 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 Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program offers talented undergraduate and graduate students summer internship positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations. All internships include paid lodging, round trip airfare, and monetary compensation.