Internal Deadline: Friday, March 24th, 2023, 5pm PT
External Deadline: June 15, 2023, 5pm PT
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Institutional 2024 Beckman Scholars Awards will be made to support approximately 14 universities and colleges, for an anticipated total of 84 undergraduate students over the three-year period. The Foundation plans to notify awardees in late December 2023 and formally announce awards the following January.
An invited university/college will be eligible for one institutional Beckman Scholar Award, which must be used over a three-year period. In 2022, the Foundation updated the Beckman Scholars Program so that each institutional Beckman Scholar Award will fund a total of six Beckman Scholars (with funding for student and mentor stipends, travel funds, and research supplies) extending over two summers and one academic year. The number of awards allocated to each awardee institution is the same regardless of the institution’s Carnegie Classification. Awardee institutions will name two Scholars in each year of the three-year institutional award term.
Anticipated Award Amount:
Each Beckman Scholar will pursue an independent research project, under the auspices of an approved mentor. The amount of funding for the 2024 Beckman Scholars Program is $26,000; $21,000 specifically for the Scholar and $5,000 for the Scholar’s Mentor.
Link to Award: https://www.beckman-foundation.org/programs/beckman-scholars/
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/. Use the template provided here:
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Two-Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 2-page limit will be excluded from review. You must use the template linked above.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to help stimulate, encourage, and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities located in the United States of America. These research activities shall be centered in either chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences, or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. Candidates for the Beckman Scholars Award must be full-time students throughout the duration of the award.
The research activities performed by Beckman Scholars shall be conducted under the guidance of a full-time, approved faculty member at the college or university receiving an award. Research activities must be performed part-time (ten hours per week) during one academic year, and full-time over two summers (ten 40-hour weeks each summer) immediately before and after the academic year research experience.
Students will be named as Beckman Scholars in the spring of their freshman through junior years at their university or college. Once selected to be a Beckman Scholar, a student will retain the award for 15 months, as long as the student continues to excel academically, and the student’s research work shows satisfactory progress. Beckman Scholar funds provided to any one student may not exceed two summers and one academic year. Beckman Scholar summer funds may extend through the summer following graduation.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.