9 STEM Fellowships for Recent Graduates of Any Citizenship

Aug 18, 2020

Last updated January 24, 2023

If you are a recent graduate looking for a hands-on experience in science, engineering, technology, or mathematics (STEM), these fellowships are for you! You could put your STEM talents to use in a nonprofit or with a company, do research, and much more. These opportunities are available to people of any citizenship, although some do require U.S. residency. If one of them sounds exciting to you, make sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

American Press Institute Summer Fellowship

The American Press Institute, based in Arlington, VA, offers a paid summer fellowship for college students or recent graduates who have a strong desire to advance innovation in news organizations. A core component of the program is a self-proposed fellowship project. Eligible candidates are current students (undergraduate or graduate) and recent graduates in a field of study related to journalism, communications, or technology. The 12-week fellowship includes a $9,000 stipend.

Bowery Capital Fellowship

This 10-week fellowship pairs recent graduates with host companies to learn the various elements of sales and business operations at high-growth software businesses. Fellows are introduced to a mentor through the Bowery Capital network that is specifically chosen based on their ultimate career goals and interests. Fellows should have a strong interest in the startup ecosystem and how sales, marketing and account management impact a company’s success. Fellows are paid directly through the host company.

California Sea Grant Science Communication Fellowship

The Science Communication fellowship provides a unique educational opportunity for an early-career science communicator to gain hands-on experience in marine and coastal science communication. Applications may be submitted by a graduate student close to completing a degree (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D.) in a field related to science communication, journalism, or science, at a U.S. university. The successful applicant will be placed at California Sea Grant’s office at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. The fellow will receive $46,860 in stipend for the twelve-month assignment ($3,905/month).

Gandhi Research Foundation Fellowship

Applications are invited by the Gandhi Research Foundation (GRF), Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India, for a Residential Research Fellowship Program. This initiative is open to scholars, activists, social workers, and public figures for the purpose of conducting intensive applied research (for 3-6 months, extendable) to underscore the relevance of Gandhian solutions for tackling contemporary problems and crises. The fellows will focus on one, or at the most two, of the thrust areas, which are: rural regeneration, economic sustainability, skill development, employment creation and the promotion of health and nutrition, or alternatively, on a Gandhian topic of contemporary relevance. Free board & lodging are provided along with a monthly stipend (Rs. 15000 – 30000) depending on the candidate’s qualifications.

Morgridge Acceleration Program Fellowship

The Morgridge Acceleration Program (MAP) Fellowship matches emerging leaders with non-profits looking to create long-term and positive impact, while developing professional skill sets and networks. The MAP Fellowships are remote, part-time professional development opportunities to be completed in conjunction with pre-existing employment. Each Fellow pledges to dedicate approximately 10 hours a month, or 60 hours throughout the duration of the program, toward tackling the challenge identified by their Mentor. While Fellows are not paid directly for their time with the program, all expenses and experiences associated with the MAP Fellowship are fully funded.

NWF EcoCampus Graduate Student Research Fellowship

National Wildlife Federation EcoLeader Graduate Student Fellows help to educate and engage the EcoLeaders community through dedicated research projects. Fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with National Wildlife Federation staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of the EcoLeaders program to help college students and recent graduates to use project-based learning to develop their environmental leadership and sustainable career goals. Fellows receive $3,000 stipend, professional development assistance and networking and the possibility of academic credit for successful completion of the project.

Public Lab Fellows Program

Public Lab supports fellowships that emphasize peer production projects working on community environmental health issues, offering short-term, medium-term, and long-term assignments. Fellows advance the impact of community science on critical environmental health topics, such as particulate air pollution, lead pollution in soil and water, and pipeline monitoring. Fellows must commit to a certain amount of hours per week and will receive stipends of varying amounts, depending on the fellowship. Open calls for individual fellowships are posted regularly.

Smithsonian Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections Program

This fellowship program is offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for recent graduates of masters programs in art and archaeological conservation or the equivalent or conservation scientists, including those at the postdoctoral level, who wish to conduct research and gain further training in Smithsonian conservation laboratories for conservation of objects in museum collections. Fellowships are for 1-year and stipends are provided but vary depending on the degree held by the fellow. Citizens of any country are invited to apply but applications must be written in English.

High Meadows Graduate School of Teaching and Learning Trustees Fellowship

The Trustees Fellowship removes financial barriers for individuals to become high school science or math teachers by offering a fully-funded Master’s of Education degree. Eligible WW Academy applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, and career changers who have majored in, or have earned 30 or more college-level credits in, one or more of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math). Complete tuition costs are covered at $27,000 for each fellow and the program is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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