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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)/Minority Serving Institutions (MI) Summer Research Program

Department of Defense (DOD)

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #204216

Grant Description

Internships to USA individuals to participate in STEM research. Eligible applicants are students and recent graduates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities & Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI). The purpose of this program is to increase diversity among the engineers and scientists who choose careers with the Department of Defense.

 The DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program provides participants with a unique developmental experience to broaden their perspectives and practical advanced education related to their academic field. The program provides a bridge between classrooms and real-world experiences. 

The DoD relies on a strong, STEM-capable workforce to achieve critical functions of its mission. From discovering emerging technologies to developing the next-generation workforce, DoD depends on brilliant STEM professionals to continue to innovate. The HBCU/MI Program plays an important role in helping the DoD strengthen its agile scientific footprint by engaging with the next generation of STEM talent during summer internships. By providing a forum for standout STEM scholars to present their own research at symposiums attended by DoD scientists and engineers, DoD remains on the cutting edge of innovation.

The HBCU/MI Program is sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and is designed to foster student interest in STEM education and careers in DoD while supporting the DoD’s objective of developing a diverse, motivated, and highly skilled civilian workforce.

Participants conduct research relevant to the defense mission under the supervision of DoD scientists and engineers in DoD facilities across the nation.

Primary Objectives

  • Include HBCU/MI students and recent graduates in DoD research activities
  • Increase the visibility of DoD program, activities, and opportunities among HBCU/MI faculty, students, and recent graduates
  • Ensure program participants are trained, mentored, and equipped for STEM careers
  • Increase the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in STEM fields important to the defense mission

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities & Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Summer Research Internship Program is an annual summer research program offered to current students and recent graduates who studied STEM disciplines at HBCU/MI.

Eligibility Requirements
• US Citizen (no dual citizenship)
• Majoring in a STEM academic discipline or DoD relevant discipline
• Full-time student or recent graduate (December 2022 or later) from an HBCU/MI
• GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
• REAL ID or valid US passport
• Successful completion of a background investigation

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted by January 6, 2023, 11:59 PST.

Selection Process
The DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program selection process has three phases. Phase 1 verifies the applicant eligibility, Phase 2 is application review and interview by mentors, and Phase 3 is final program selection and acceptance. You must pass all three phases to be accepted for an internship.
- Phase 1: During phase 1 the application pool is reviewed and verified to be compliant with eligibility requirements. This review confirms citizenship, academic discipline, GPA, and the applicant enrollment status or graduation from an eligible institution. All eligibility requirements must be met to move to phase 2.
- Phase 2: During phase 2 mentors from participating laboratories will review the eligible applicants and conduct interviews with applicants. The mentors recommend program selection and will have the potential intern sign a Partnership Agreement Form. To move to phase 3, a signed Partnership Agreement Form must be submitted to the program administrator by the mentor.
- Phase 3: During phase 3 Partnership Agreement Forms are reviewed. An offer letter will be sent to selected applicants. Selected applicants must sign and return the offer letter within two business days.

- Applicants are required to conduct their research on site at the facility or affiliated research center. Selected applicants must be able to participate for the entire appointment period of the internship program. Exceptions may be made for military service requirements or medical requirements on a case-by- case basis, but vacation days or personal time off will not be approved. All appointments are contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation.
- There is no leave granted during the DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program.
- All program participants are considered guest investigators and are subject to laboratory regulations governing visiting scientists.


Selection Process:

DoD HBCU/MI Participating Laboratories:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program participants receive a bi-weekly stipend of $1200/week. Travel will be coordinated by the program for travel to the lab (at the beginning) and from the lab (at the end) of the research period. Housing is provided and will be coordinated by the program.

Term of Contract:

The program is from May 31, 2023, to August 12, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Questions regarding the selection process can be directed to

DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program Help Desk
Call Toll Free: 866-751-3402

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