The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students each summer with the opportunity to engage in science and biotechnology research at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Amgen Scholars participate in important university research projects, gain hands-on laboratory experience, interact with and receive guidance from faculty members at their host institution, and attend scientific seminars and other professional development events.
Financial support varies somewhat at each host institution and is detailed in each university’s application portal. In addition to a stipend of approximately $4,000, the program includes a mid-summer symposium in California, where students learn firsthand from scientists working in industry and academia as well as from fellow Amgen Scholars from across the country.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in accredited U.S. colleges or universities as sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors. They must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better and an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. Each U.S. host university has its own application process, but the application deadline for most universities is in early February. The Amgen Scholars website provides links to each host institution’s application information.
NOTE: Columbia and Barnard students interested in pursuing the Amgen Scholars program at Columbia must apply for the Department of Biological Science’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. SURF applicants will be considered automatically for participation in summer research as Amgen Scholars. Columbia students interested in pursuing the Amgen Scholars program at other universities must apply to those programs directly and adhere to their guidelines and deadlines. Columbia students are not required to limit themselves to the Amgen Scholars program at Columbia.