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Scholarships and Internships

Below are some opportunities listed in order of approaching deadlines. Note that you should start the application process well ahead of these deadlines, especially if you need to solicit recommendation letters from faculty.

  • The Southern Cross Astronomical Society Scholarship

    The Southern Cross Astronomical Society Scholarship

    Who is eligible?

    Physics majors who have a GPA > 3.2 in high school if a freshman, or college if an FIU upperclassman student GPA in physics/astronomy/math

    Applications will also be judged on economic need.

    Responsibilities of the recipient

    The recipient must be enrolled and stay enrolled at FIU during the time they hold the scholarship and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. They must participate in public outreach during the year they hold the scholarship.

    How to apply

    Submit a current transcript and calculate your GPA in science and math courses. Supply an essay outlining your financial need, mention your past achievements and outline your future plans in astronomy. Please contact Dr. James Webb and submit all materials to him.

    Deadline for Submission: March 1

  • Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship

    Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship

    Fred Hoover

    Mr. Fred Hoover enrolled at Florida International University in 1972 and was in the original graduating class as FIU’s first-ever physics major. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1974, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from FIU. After he graduated, he remained at FIU as the Laboratory Manager for the Chemistry Department, until his death on Nov. 5, 1998. Mr. Hoover was known throughout the university as a kind, caring, outgoing and friendly man who was a passionate believer in the importance of education. The Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship Endowment was created to honor Mr. Hoover's memory by providing financial support to undergraduate students majoring in Physics at the Florida International University in Miami, FL.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for this award students must satisfy the following requirements:

    • Be fully admitted in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education as a Physics Major.
    • Have completed or be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours in Physics and/or Math courses.
    • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the time of application and for the following year.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.


    To submit an application, students must go to and apply online along with the following documents:

    • A resume
    • A typed, one-page essay addressing why and how the student intends to pursue a career in Physics as well as how financial assistance will help achieve these goals.
    • Financial need statement (financial need will be one consideration in awarding the scholarship).
    • One letter of recommendation from a current or former professor.
    • An unofficial transcript reflecting all coursework completed or in progress.

    Deadline for Submission: March 29

    For any questions please contact Elizabeth Bergano-Smith, Office Manager, Department of Physics, at

  • National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

    National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

    Professional Internship Program – for undergraduate and graduate students and Post Bachelor’s

    The Professional Internship Program is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the challenges of conducting energy research. It is an opportunity to network with world-class scientists using world-class equipment, to expand knowledge of your major field of study and to expose oneself to new areas of basic and applied research. Participants interact daily with assigned mentors who guide research activities during the internship. These research activities help transition classroom theory into hands-on experience, helping solve today’s pressing scientific questions.

    This application is always open.

    For details, visit

  • New NSF Award to provide scholarships for FIU physics majors

    National S-STEM Scholarships for Physics Majors

    The Physics Department has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Award to provide scholarships for FIU physics majors. Scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for up to 4 years will be awarded to eligible majors who continue to qualify based on their academic performance and financial need each year.

    Students who are chosen as FIU S-STEM Scholars will receive one-on-one mentoring and advising, and will be expected to participate in at least two events each semester, including special seminars by guest speakers.

    Students must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals or refugees in order to apply. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate both academic ability and financial need based on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

    Applications are opened each July and December for scholarships to be awarded for the Fall and Spring. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Caroline Simpson at

    By submitting an application, you agree to grant access to the S-STEM evaluation committee information about your citizenship status, academic records, and financial aid information on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

  • Interdisciplinary Nuclear Research & Education Program opportunities

    Interdisciplinary Nuclear Research & Education Program

    This program within the School of Integrated Science and Humanity maintains a list of internship opportunities.

  • Internships/Scholarships from the American Physical Society

    Internships/Scholarships from the American Physical Society

    The American Physical Society maintains a list of internships/scholarships/summer research opportunities.

NSF Grants

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program.