Targeted Fellowship, Internship, and Research opportunities for Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups


Don’t you love diversity?

There are many fellowship, internship, and research opportunities out there (far too many to list on this blog), and a significant portion of these are specifically for students from groups that have had a historically small presence within particular disciplines and within the university overall. Historically Underrepresented Groups (HUGs as they are called institutionally) can include any number of populations but is associated overall with students from marginalized minority groups, particularly:

  • Underrepresented Minority Students (Usually referring to Black, Latinx, and Native American, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander students, but can be expanded to other groups depending on how it is defined).
  • First-Generation College Students (This term is used pretty generally, but can refer broadly to students who are of the first-generation in their family to attend a four-year college in America).
  • Low-Income Students (This one is also used pretty generally and can be relative based on the environment one is from and where one goes to college).

There are other opportunities that can also be looking for women broadly (especially in STEM fields), LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

Here we hope to list some of what is out there, especially ones for Brown students. We will try to keep this post updated as we become aware of new opportunities and hope this can be a resource as you try to figure out what you can and should be applying for.

The opportunities here are listed in alphabetical order and are of many different types. For more clarification on what these opportunities are, you can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page here. In addition to these targeted opportunities I also recommend applying widely to more general opportunities. You can find more information about how to find such opportunities here.

You will also notice that many of these opportunities specify that only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and, for some, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are eligible. For a few they list no such requirement and so if you are an international student, an undocumented student, or a student in a similar situation, you may want to inquire further about eligibility requirements. In addition, I encourage you to refer to My Undocumented Life‘s resources and list of scholarships open to undocumented students for more information.

For other opportunities, there are many lists, especially for specific Historically Underrepresented Groups. Many of these scholarships and fellowships are to assist with funding graduate school.


101 Scholarships for Minority Students 

A Better Chance Foundation’s List of Scholarships for Native American and Indigenous Students

Michigan State University Grant Database

Michigan State University  List of Grants for Minority Students

Pathways to Science Fellowships and Scholarships

Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students

University of the Pacific List of Fellowships and Scholarships for Underrepresented Minority Students and Women

USA Scholarships has write-ups of many different fellowships and scholarships

Below is my list, sorted alphabetically for convenience. Again if you have any further suggestions to add to this list, please email us at with the subject line “Targeted FIRe Opportunity”

American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Program [x]

The Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline. Each year, APSA awards up to 12 funded fellowships in the amount of $4,000. Applicants must be a member of one of the following racial/ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal and state recognized tribes). Must be a US Citizen at time of application.

Anne Crosby Emery Alumnae Fellowships [x]

The Anne Crosby Emery Alumnae Fellowships are awarded each year to honor women in the graduating class and to aid them in undertaking graduate or professional study at a university of their choice either in the U.S. or abroad. Provides $10,000 to support graduate and professional school study for Brown graduating seniors for one year.

Biostatistics Enrichment Summer Training Diversity Program [x]

The Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training Diversity Program (BEST) was established to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical sciences’ workforce by introducing undergraduates from underrepresented populations to biostatistics and cardiovascular and pulmonary disease research. Students representing racial and ethnic minority groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with disabilities join the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s for eight weeks of research, training, academic and career planning, and social activities around New York City. Participants receive housing and a $2800 stipend as well as some funds to offset costs of food and travel to and from New York City. Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

Bonner Community Fellows Program [x]

Bonner Community Fellows are committed to working in a sustained, intentional, and intensive way with a community partner that works to address issues in one of our five focus areas: Education, Healthcare, Environment, Economic Justice, and the Arts. In partnership with community members, they work alongside their peers on social change projects in Providence and beyond. Bonner Community Fellows commit to 8-10 hours of community engagement per week during the academic school year. This time commitment includes direct service in the community, weekly workshops and trainings, and community-building events. Benefits include: An academic-year stipend for their work as Bonner Community Fellows (up to $2000 per academic-year) — for eligible students. Especially interested in students who are first-generation, from low-income households, and/or have demonstrated a passion for community engagement. Brown’s Bonner Program is open to undocumented, DACA, and other work-eligible students.

Careers in the Common Good Summer in NYC or D.C. [x]

The goals of the BrownConnect Careers in the Common Good Summer in New York City (CGG in NYC) and Washington, D.C. (CCG in D.C.) programs are to connect Brown students with non-profits, start-ups, and public service agencies (many of whom employ or are run by Brown alumni), to help Brown student build skills and build a pathway into the non-profit and public service fields. They are especially interested in students from culturally diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in these fields. Generally, students will work 8-9 weeks and receive a $4,000 stipend for the summer. Open to undocumented, DACA, and other work-eligible students.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship [x]

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. For the summer of 2017, Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India. Strong preference will be given to students historically underrepresented in international exchange. This includes, but is not limited to Pell Grant recipients; veterans; first-generation college students; STEM majors; members of minority communities within the United States; and non-traditional students. Must be a U.S. citizen. The fellowship covers program-related travel, accommodations, internship placement, emergency medical insurance, applicable visa expenses and some group meals. Other costs associated with passports, food, and additional spending money are the responsibility of the student.

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities [x]

These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Pre-doctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Open to all U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Benefits include an annual stipend of $24,000, expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows, and access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who volunteer to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.

Future Global Leaders Fellowship [x]

The Future Global Leaders Fellowship is an accelerator for top college students who want to become members of the Fortis Society. This internationally competitive 3-year Fellowship provides top quality programming to aspiring leaders worldwide who will, upon completion of their fellowship, be inducted into the Fortis Society – the world’s first private network of diverse leaders committed to one another’s success and to a better world. Benefits include personalized advising and mentorship, a network of support, a global internship, and leadership training. The Fellowship is for first-generation college students, which they define as students who do not have a family history of higher education. Priority is also given to students with difficult financial backgrounds who meet all other requirements. Must be a currently enrolled First-year college student.

Harvard Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology [x]

The Summer Program is a relatively intensive 6-week program, during which qualified participants receive an interesting and enjoyable introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental, and medical research. Applicants for the Summer Program Must: 1) Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (proof of permanent residency must be provided). 2) Carry health insurance during the 6 weeks of the Summer Program. No exceptions. 3) Be one or more of the following: a) A member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islander or Multiracial/Biracial) b) A first-generation college student (neither parent nor legal guardian has a bachelor’s degree) c) A low-income student as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. d) A disabled student according to the definition of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund [x]

Merit-based scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic Heritage. All majors and graduate fields accepted, but emphasis on STEM majors. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000. Must be U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA).

Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers [x]

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study. The IRT offers two distinct programs: a) the Summer Workshop for rising college seniors who intend to pursue graduate study immediately upon completion of their undergraduate degree; and, b) the Associate Program for college seniors and recent graduates who want to continue their graduate education in the humanities, social sciences and education. Participants of both programs are sponsored by the IRT as they apply to a competitive network of graduate programs offered by a consortium of 42 universities. Summer Workshop participants receive a $1,200 stipend, travel expenses, and room and board for the duration of the program. Open to undocumented and DACA students.

Leadership Alliance: Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) [x]

SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to graduate schools. SR-EIP offers closely mentored research experiences in the life and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities at over 20 research institutions across the country. Benefits include an 8-10 week research experience, a stipend, coverage of travel and housing expenses, the opportunity for oral or poster presentations at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, and access to ongoing resources, mentoring, and professional networks to support their chosen career path. The internship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Undocumented and DACA students are also eligible but should contact the program director to apply through phone or on paper.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship [x]

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who pursue a Ph.D. in a Mellon-designated field of study. Provides a stipend for two summers ($3900 per summer) and four semesters ($1800 per term), alongside additional funding for research, travel, and GRE preparation. Fellows who enroll in an eligible Ph.D. program within three years of graduating from Brown may receive up to $10,000 in undergraduate loan repayment from the Mellon Foundation. Brown’s Mellon Mays program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, undocumented, and DACA students.

Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science [x]

The American Bar Foundation sponsors an annual program of summer research fellowships to introduce undergraduate junior and sophomore students from diverse backgrounds to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. Four summer research fellowships will be awarded each year. Each student will be assigned to an American Bar Foundation Research Professor who will involve the student in the professor’s research project and who will act as a mentor during the student’s tenure. The students also will participate in a series of seminars and field visits to acquaint them with the many facets of socio-legal research and the legal system. The students will work at the American Bar Foundation’s offices in Chicago, IL for 35 hours a week for a period of 8 weeks, typically from early June to late July. Each student will receive a stipend of $3,600. Eligible are American citizens and lawful permanent residents including, but not limited to, persons who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Puerto Rican, as well as other individuals who will add diversity to the field of law and social science, such as LGBT individuals and those with disabilities. Applicants must be a sophomore or junior.

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) [x]

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts. MURAP aims to foster the entrance of students from underrepresented minority groups, as well as others with a proven commitment to diversity, into graduate school and faculty positions in academia. Each summer, the program brings a cohort of 20 rising juniors and seniors in college to campus for an intensive, ten-week research experience. Benefits include stipend, food stipend, development workshops, GRE prep course and materials, travel reimbursements, and campus housing. Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, U.S. national, or have received protected status.

Soros Fellowship for New Americans [x]

Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each Fellowship supports up to one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $40,000), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred. Both parents must have been born outside the U.S. and applicant must be one of the following as of the application deadline: Born in the U.S., Naturalized Citizen, have a Green Card, have been adopted by American parents and granted citizenship, been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) [x]

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. Applicants must be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application. Student also must be a US citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Program benefits include academic enrichment, professional skill development, and clinical exposure through small-group rotations in health care settings, simulation experiences, and seminars.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) [x]

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. Benefits include: stipend ($3000-$6000 depending on individual program) and housing. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Summer Training as Research Scholars Program (STaRS) [x]

The Summer Training as Research Scholars Program (STaRS) is a dynamic and focused program run by Boston University’s Division of Graduate Medical Sciences that is designed specifically for the enhancement of skills required for successful entrance and completion of a graduate program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences. STaRS is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduates from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences: African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Native Alaskan, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. In addition, applicants must be a rising junior and have a declared major in a basic, biomedical or life science. Benefits include a $4,800 stipend for program participation, $1,000 in laboratory supplies for use during the summer, transportation cost reimbursement, summer housing, and travel and lodging to attend a national scientific meeting and present your research.

Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools (TRIALS) [x]

Trials is a residential scholarship program that helps talented and motivated college students of modest means gain admission to the nation’s leading law schools. This rigorous five-week summer course enhances opportunities for students of underrepresented backgrounds by bolstering their skills and focusing their goals. Trials seeks to promote diversity at America’s leading law schools and in the legal profession. Our explicit aim is to support students of modest means whose racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds are underrepresented in America’s top-rated JD programs. We welcome applications from all motivated students of any background whose personal circumstances, self-identifications, and unique perspectives might place them outside the mainstream of typical law school applicants. Trials is a full scholarship program. Students are not responsible for any tuition, fees, or related expenses. In addition to the academic curriculum of the program, every Trials student will receive: Transportation to and from the host university campus, Campus housing and daily meals for the duration of the five-week program, and Access to the host university’s library, computer centers, and gym. Each Trials student also receives a $3,000 stipend to replace or supplement summer employment income.

University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program [x]

The UM SEP is an 8-week comprehensive experience for undergraduate students who are committed to eliminating health inequalities. The program provides students with work experience, graduate-level lectures, site visits to health organizations, community outreach projects, networking opportunities, and preparation for graduate school, including a GRE course. Benefits include stipend of $3,000, transportation cost reimbursement, housing, $250 toward food costs, and a GRE course (with course materials). Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident (DACA students are eligible to apply).



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