NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

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Students from the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings and Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship program in front of the NOAA headquarters office in Washington, D.C. in 2017.

This competition usually opens in the fall and applications are due in January. 

Application deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Are you eligible?

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship information.

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The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.

The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Hollings Alumni report that the experience influenced their academic and career paths, expanded their professional networks and improved their skills for working in NOAA mission fields. 100% of Hollings Scholars surveyed said that they would recommend this opportunity to other students.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internships and planned events, such as scholar orientation and the scholar symposium, may be held virtually. NOAA's Office of Education will review precautionary guidelines provided by the CDC in advance of events and internships, and will notify scholars when a decision is made whether to hold them virtually or in person.

Program Staff

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Research and Fellowship Coordinator