Applications for 2022 NOAA undergraduate scholarships are now open!

Undergraduates, don't miss your chance to apply to NOAA undergraduate scholarship programs, which include paid NOAA internships and academic scholarships. Applications for the NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship and Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholarship are open from September 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022.

Quinn poses in front of three monitors. One shows underwater footage, one shows a video editing interface, and one shows a scientific graph.
Quinn Girasek, a 2020 NOAA Hollings scholar during her 2021 summer internship with NOAA Ocean Exploration. Here, Quinn is annotating organisms in the water column that were seen during Dive 20 of the 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones expedition. (Image courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration, 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones: New England and Corner Rise Seamounts. )

The scholarships at a glance

Hollings Scholarship

Up to $40,000, including:
  • $9,500 stipend per year for junior and senior year
  • A 10-week paid NOAA internship
  • Funds for travel and conference participation

Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizen
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Major in NOAA mission fields, including STEM and social science

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship

Up to $45,000, including:
  • $9,500 stipend per year for junior and senior year
  • Two 10-week paid NOAA internships
  • Funds for travel and conference participation

Eligibility

  • Attend a minority-serving institution (MSI)
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national
  • 3.2 minimum GPA
  • Major in NOAA mission fields, including STEM and social science

About the scholarships

These prestigious scholarships provide students with an academic award of $9,500 per year for two years of full-time study. The Hollings Scholarship provides a 10-week, full time, paid summer internship opportunity at any NOAA facility nationwide. The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship offers two paid summer internships, one in a NOAA office in the Silver Spring, Maryland, metro area, and one at any NOAA facility nationwide. All scholars also receive funding to present their summer internship research at two national scientific conferences. Note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internships may be held virtually. The Office of Education will review precautionary guidelines provided by the CDC in advance of the internships and will notify selected 2022 scholars when a decision is made whether to hold internships virtually or in person. Read about the past virtual summer internships here.

In April of 2021, the NOAA Office of Education selected 125 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars and 18 EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholars, hailing from a total of 88 different campuses in 39 U.S. states, as well as Puerto Rico. Next year's class, the class of 2022, will be the 18th class of Hollings scholars and the 22nd class of EPP/MSI undergraduate scholars. Many scholarship alumni have gone on to work full-time at NOAA, while others have worked in areas of the government, in academia, or in the private sector. 

Eligibility

Both scholarships are available to undergraduate students studying engineering, meteorology, biological sciences, social sciences, physical science, and other NOAA mission-relevant fields. Students who are currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories can apply for the Hollings scholarship. Students who meet these requirements and attend a minority serving institution may apply for the EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship program. For a full list of eligibility requirements, please visit the frequently asked questions for the Hollings and EPP/MSI scholarships.

How to apply

Still wondering if these scholarships are for you? Take a look at a previous year's #TakeoverTuesday campaign and the 2020 virtual internship story to see the experience through the eyes of past scholars. Read updates from our alumni describing where they are now in our story catching up with NOAA scholars. Follow NOAA Education on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn offsite link to stay up to date with new scholar stories and news!


For more information and to apply, please visit the Hollings and EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship websites. Don't miss our tips on developing a strong application!

Leah crouches on a beach, organizing scientific sampling equipment.
Leah Kosovsky, a 2020 Hollings scholar, conducted microplastic sampling at the Bass River on Cape Cod during her 2021 summer internship. (Maggie Kosovsky)
Adriana stands on a boat, holding a winch that she designed during the internship.
Adriana Marie Muñoz-Soto, a 2020 EPP/MSI scholar, testing 3D designed and printed components from her internship project in the Henry Stommel Research Vessel at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) during her 2021 summer internship. (Dr. Brennan Phillips)
A zoom call with 10 visible attendees. Greta smiles as a student in the video below her holds something up to the camera.
Greta Olsen, a 2020 Hollings scholar, is leading an activity for high school students about how plankton are neutrally buoyant during her 2021 summer internship. The student below her is showing her the plankton they have constructed. Right after this picture was taken, they tested their plankton in a cup of water to see if it sank or floated. (Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant)
Rose wears a white lab coat and rubber gloves and is in what looks like a chemistry lab. She is pouring liquid into a pitcher through a tube.
Rose Leeger, a 2021 EPP/MSI undergraduate scholar, during her summer 2021 internship. She worked in the Milford Lab with Diane Kapareiko on an oyster probiotic project. During the time when this photo was taken, masking guidelines for vaccinated people were lifted. (Diane Kapareiko)