An Invitation to students: Scholarship for women in STEM with unpaid summer positions

Do you have or plan to have an unpaid or underpaid STEM internship / fellowship / assistantship this summer?

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation invites women—especially women of color, Dreamers, and/or first generation college goers—to apply for this STEM scholarship opportunity to subsidize your cost of living during an unpaid or underpaid summer position (internship, fellowship, research assistantship, etc.).

Scholarship applications are due by April 4 for STEM applicants and may be submitted online here.

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is dedicated to supporting the educational and professional development of women who might not have the financial or structural support to otherwise participate in an internship. We provide financial and professional resources to women in STEM with summer internships/ fellowships/ assistantships (undergraduate, nationwide). The goal of the stipends is to cover living expenses, making it feasible for students to accept unpaid internships. In addition to financial support, the Foundation provides each scholar with 1-2 mentors in her field of interest, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities.

For more information, contact the Foundation’s Program Director Kristen Hecht at


Online applications here.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship is intended for female undergraduate students preparing to enter a profession in the sciences, who are applying to or have secured an unpaid or underpaid summer position (internship, fellowship, research assistantship, etc.) in a related field.

Applicants must be rising juniors, seniors, or be recent college graduates (graduated no more than 10 months from the application deadline). There is no requirement regarding the applicant’s major or focus of study, as long as the summer position focuses on STEM. Positions can be of any type (internship, fellowship, research assistantship, etc.) and take place in a variety of environments (i.e. research lab or project, nonprofit organization, hospital/clinic, etc.), as long as the position is unpaid or underpaid and directly related to the sciences. The summer position may be located anywhere in the United States or territories. We anticipate accepting four applicants each year as scholarship recipients, or “scholars.” This number may be adjusted according to the volume of applications received.

The intention of the scholarship is to cover the cost of living and some travel expenses for those who otherwise would not be able to afford such an opportunity. Applicants must therefore demonstrate financial need in their application.

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