The summer programs listed here are research oriented. These programs are great opportunities for an undergraduate who is interested in continuing to graduate school because it will help to strengthen her application and give her an opportunity to explore research before reaching graduate school.
The CRA-W Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU) is a program for undergraduates where the undergraduate student has the opportunity to spend the summer conducting research at another university with a faculty member at that university. For more information, see here.
The CRA-W Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) is a program where a group of students can apply for funding from CRA-W to work on a project with a professor at their university during the school year. The funding can be used for a stipend for the students or for travel to conferences. For more information, see here.
National Science Foundation
The NSF maintains a list of Research Experience for undergraduates here.
There are several things you should consider when applying for a fellowship: the length of the fellowship, the stipend and other benefits, and the requirements (internships, job after graduation, etc). Listed below are some popular fellowships that you might consider applying for. We also encourage you research other fellowships that you are eligible for.
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
The NSF offers graduate fellowships in many areas including computer science. The fellowship is a 3 year fellowship. Be sure to check the eligibility requirements. The application can be found here and is usually due in November.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
The NDSEG offers a 3 year fellowship which is available to computer science graduate students. There are certain eligibility criteria that you must meet in order to be considered. The application can be found here and is usually due in December.
AT&T Labs Fellowship
The AT&T fellowship program offers a 3 year fellowship which is available to underrepresented minorities and women in computer science. The eligibility requirements and application can be found here and it is usually due in January.
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
The AAUW fellowships are provided by the American Association of University Women. The fellowships aim to help women from all over the world break through barriers and pursue their dreams of obtaining graduate degrees or making an impact in their communities. There are a variety of fellowships that are offered and you can apply for. See here for details of different fellowships and deadlines.
National Physical Sciences Consortium Fellowships
NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool including women and minorities. Fellows are supported up to 6 years depending on a number of factors such as the type of the fellowship they apply for. See here for details such as the eligibility criteria. The application typically closes in late November.
Ford Foundation Fellowships
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, 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. You can apply for a predoctoral, dissertation, or postdoctoral fellowship based on your situation. See here for details such as the eligibility criteria. The application typically closes early November.
The NSF also provides a list of other sources of funding for graduate students.
- Engineering Career Services
- Google Summer of Code
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute
- Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)
- Delta Research Teaching and Learning Community
- Expanding Your Horizons