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Internships to USA Individuals from Minority Communities to Participate in STEM Research

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)/Minority Serving Institutions (MI) Summer Research Program


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US Department of Defense
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Deadline: 01/12/24 11:59 EDT Save

Grant Description
Internships to USA individuals to participate in STEM research. Eligible applicants are recent graduates and current students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI). The goal of the grant program is to enhance student interest in STEM education and careers in the Department of Defense (DoD) while supporting the DoD’s objective of developing a diverse, motivated, and highly skilled civilian workforce.

The DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program provides a bridge between classrooms and real-world experiences and aims to increase the number of minority scientists and engineers who choose careers with the DoD. Interns receive hands-on experience at one of the DoD facilities during their internships and can apply this knowledge to further their career and education goals. These DoD facilities are at the forefront of innovation in STEM.

The DoD relies on a strong, STEM-capable workforce to achieve critical functions of its mission. From discovering emerging technologies to developing the next-generation workforce, DoD depends on brilliant STEM professionals to continue to innovate. The HBCU/MI Program plays an important role in helping the DoD strengthen its agile scientific footprint by engaging with the next generation of STEM talent during summer internships. By providing a forum for standout STEM scholars to present their own research at symposiums attended by DoD scientists and engineers, DoD remains on the cutting edge of innovation.

Participants conduct research relevant to the defense mission under the supervision of DoD scientists and engineers in DoD facilities across the nation.

Primary Objectives

  • Include HBCU/MI students and recent graduates in DoD research activities
  • Increase the visibility of DoD program, activities, and opportunities among HBCU/MI faculty, students, and recent graduates
  • Ensure program participants are trained, mentored, and equipped for STEM careers
  • Increase the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in STEM fields important to the defense mission


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program is an annual summer research program offered to current students and recent graduates who studied STEM disciplines at HBCUs/MIs.

Eligibility Requirements:
- US Citizen (no dual citizenship)
- Currently attending an HBCU or MI
- Majoring in a STEM academic discipline or DoD relevant discipline
- 18 or older at the time of application
- Full-time student or recent graduate (December 2023 or later)
- GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Federal ID like a REAL ID or valid US Passport
- Successful completion of a background investigation

The program focuses on students pursuing disciplines that are relevant to functions of the DoD. For a list of general umbrella disciplines, see Specific applicant majors or fields of study may fall under one or more disciplines on the list or not be listed.

Pre-Application Information
The DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program applications are open from October to January of every year, with awards being granted in the following spring. All applications must be submitted by January 12, 2024, 11:59 EDT.

Internship Timeline:
- Applications: October 15, 2023, to January 12, 2024 (11:59 PM EDT)
- Phase 1: Eligibility Review: January 13, 2024, to February 7, 2024
- Phase 2: Mentor Selections: February 8, 2024, to March 15, 2024
- Phase 3: DoD Program Office Acceptance: February 10, 2024, to April 5, 2024
- Phase 4: Background Investigation: February 15, 2024, to May 15, 2024
- Intern Seminar: July 25, 2024, to July 26, 2024
- Internship: May 28, 2024, to August 10, 2024

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Selection Process:

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Estimated Size of Grant
- Stipends: DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program participants receive a stipend of $1200/week which is paid bi-weekly. Applicants should be aware that stipend payments from other federal funding sources—including research grants and contracts—may not be accepted during the summer appointment.

- Travel: Travel will be coordinated by the program for travel to the lab (at the beginning) and from the lab (at the end) of the research period.

- Mileage Reimbursement: If a participant chooses to drive, reimbursement for expenses incurred when traveling by personal automobile in lieu of air travel for out-of-state travel may not exceed the cost the traveler would have otherwise incurred if the traveler had flown. Mileage reimbursement is a flat amount per mile. Tolls are reimbursable. No additional reimbursement expenses are included. Mileage will be verified using the departure and the destination locations.

- Housing: Housing is provided and will be coordinated by the program.

Term of Contract
The program is from May 28, 2024, to August 10, 2024.

- Appointments are for a continuous period May 28, 2024, to August 10, 2024 (other than federal holidays and weekends). Applicants are required to conduct their research on site at the facility or affiliated research center. Selected applicants must be able to participate for the entire appointment period of the internship program. Exceptions may be made for military service requirements or medical requirements on a case-by- case basis, but vacation days or personal time off will not be approved. All appointments are contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation.
- Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week during their internship. No leave is granted during the DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program.
- All program participants are considered guest investigators and are subject to laboratory regulations governing visiting scientists.

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For additional information call or email the DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program help desk.
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