UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships

Degree Level: Graduate

Field of Study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Special Consideration: Underrepresented racial or ethnic group

Location: United States

Duration: One year, or Multi-year

Deadlines: December. Please check website below for the specific date.


For African-American graduate and post-doctoral students in biomedical sciences. Each Dissertation fellowship provides up to a maximum of $52,000, which includes a Stipend of up to $42,000 for the Fellow and a Research Grant of up to $10,000 to support the research needs of the Fellow. The fellowship stipend is intended to cover from 12-24 months of fellowship tenure. A maximum of $30,000 in stipend may be received in any 12 month period. The Fellow must be engaged in and within 1-3 years of completing the dissertation research having successfully completed all qualifying exams.

Each UNCF-Merck graduate Fellow will be mentored by a Merck scientist and will be expected to maintain regular contact with his/her mentor. Each Fellow will present a progress report of research work during the last half of the fellowship tenure. Each Fellow must also submit a two-page summary of their fellowship research to UNCF at the end of their fellowship tenure. A UNCF-Merck Selection Committee consisting of educators and Merck scientists will select the awardees based on academic ability, record of accomplishment, and the soundness of the proposed doctoral research plan.


Award Details

Amount: Up to $52,000 for doctoral students and $85,000 for post-docs.

Duration: covers 12-24 months of fellowship tenure

Degree: PhD candidate

Fields of Study: life or physical science

Additional Qualifications: African-American

Student Winners

Congratulations to Dannielle Solomon Figueroa on winning the UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship award! Danielle is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering and works in the Vascular Kinetics lab. The UNCF-Merck Science Initiative Awards provide a stipend and research support, as well as mentoring, to 12 top African-American students in life sciences. Way to go Danielle!!