Funding Opportunities

University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) Ph.D. Fellowship program

The Georgia Tech UCEM has the goal of increasing the number of outstanding engineering, science, and computing Ph.D. students from under-served populations. The program seeks to support students from backgrounds that include African American/Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander. The Georgia Tech UCEM Ph.D. Fellowship provides three years of support for students who have recently completed the Ph.D. Qualifying/Preliminary exam.

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GEM Fellowship for the College of Sciences

The GEM program provides funding for graduate education through corporate sponsorships and a partnership with university partners. Students who are selected into the GEM Fellowship program are required to complete a corporate internship during the summers and attend graduate school during the fall and spring semesters. In exchange, students are provided funding for graduate school through an agreement with their home institutions. To learn more about GEM’s application please visit:

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Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Sciences (SURE)

SURE is a 10-week summer research program designed to attract qualified under-represented minority and women students into graduate school in the fields of engineering and science. As one of the longest running summer research programs in the country, SURE has a proud legacy of helping students enter into graduate programs, especially at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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President’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA)

President’s Undergraduate Research Awards fund student salaries to conduct undergraduate research with Georgia Tech faculty and offset travel expenses for undergraduates to present their research at professional conferences. Between two hundred and three hundred competitive awards are offered each year.

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Student Government Association Fund

Graduate students can apply to the SGA (maximum $250) and CoS for conference travel funding, which is usually matching funding.

If you are not presenting your research but wish to attend a conference, you should request the Graduate Student Government Career Development fund. Each graduate student is eligible for up to $200 per year towards registration fees for eligible workshops or events. In the case of this funding, conferences where you are presenting your research are not eligible.

College of Sciences offers Graduate Career Connect Travel Grants. Applications are open to those currently enrolled as a full-time graduate student in a CoS degree program. Applicants must have completed at least four semesters of enrollment and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Applicants are encouraged to present a poster and/or talk at the conference but not required. Students are limited to one CoS GCC Travel Grant per fiscal year.

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Nerem Travel Rewards

The Robert M. Nerem International Travel Award is an annual award that was endowed by Bob Nerem’s colleagues and friends. As IBB’s founding director, Bob passionately served the community as its founding director for over 14 years and successfully led the Institute to international prominence in bioengineering and bioscience.

Bob loved to travel and went to all corners of the world. It is through his travel that he served as a great champion for Georgia Tech and the bio-community.

This award is an opportunity for a trainee (grad student or postdoc) from an IBB lab to experience research internationally. Up to $3,000 will be provided to up to three (3) chosen applicant(s) to travel abroad with preference given to those who will learn new tools or techniques. Please include your entire travel budget, even if it exceeds $3,000.

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