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Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program is funded through a 12-year, $50 million commitment from the Amgen Foundation. The Amgen Scholars Program allows undergraduates from across the U.S. to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions. Students have the opportunity to conduct research at 17 leading institutions across the U.S. including: California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, NIH, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, UCSF, and University of Washington in St. Louis.

Students seeking a research experience in the following fields are encouraged to apply: biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemical and biomolecular engineering, molecular genetics, pathology, statistics, toxicology, and other biomedical related disciplines.


  • U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the U.S. and U.S. territories
  • Sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors
  • At least a 3.2 GPA
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.

Application Deadline and Requirements:

Each U.S. host institution has its own application requirements, submission process, and deadline. At the minimum, each institution requires the submission of an official transcript, a letter of recommendation and a personal statement or essay. Please refer to each institutional website for additional application requirements. Note: you must submit an application to each host institution you are interested in conducting research at and there is no limit to the number of institutions you can apply to.

Deadline for summer 2018 opportunities: February 1, 2018 (majority of Amgen sites) and February 15, 2018 (CalTech only)

What is the stipend?:

Each host institution provides students with a research stipend that is unique to that program. Please refer to each institutional website for specific funding and housing information.

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Please contact the Dr. Ben Rayder if you have additional questions or would like feedback on your application materials.