The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the
U.S. host the summer research program. The Amgen Foundation has committed $34 million over eight years to this global initiative to make this opportunity possible to more than 2,400 students.
As Amgen Scholars, students will have the opportunity to:
• Take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science;
• Interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the nation’s top academic scientists; and
• Attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events.
Each host university has its own application process. You can apply to participate at as many host universities as you are interested in. The application at each host university requires, at a minimum, the submission of an official transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a personal statement or essay. In the U.S., the application deadline for host universities is in early February, with the exception of the California Institute of Technology, for which the deadline is in mid-February. In Europe, the application deadline for host universities is in early February.
To apply to be an Amgen Scholar, go to the Host Universities section of this website and click on the U.S. Program or Europe Program. After reading about the Program at that particular host university, follow the link to that university’s summer research program website. You’ll find the Amgen Scholars application there.
Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be:
- U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
- Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and
- Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies).
U.S. Program applicants must also have:
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and
- An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.