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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is instituting an unique scholarship program to foster an intense experiential learning experience in residence at the Tec^Edge Innovation and Collaboration Center. It's primarily focused on undergraduate students but will consider others on a case by case basis.


The goal of the program is to help educate undergraduates and recruit the next generation of scientists and engineers into graduate schools and to focus on potential careers at the Air Force Research Laboratory, other government labs, or in supporting industries.

Learning Experience and Activities

  • Selected students will be immersed in a cooperative learning environment.
  • Students will gain valuable educational experiences through research in their chosen field of study within a unique university/industry/governmental collaborative environment.
  • Hands-on training from industry, government and academic researchers who are engaged in some of our Nation's most urgent and advanced technology challenges.
  • Educational activities will include research seminars, tours of research laboratories, discussions on graduate school and career opportunities.
  • Students will work in groups of 3 to 5 individuals, as determined appropriate by the mentors.

Who can Apply

  • Undergraduates with a 3.25 or better GPA (3.0 or better with strong recommendations).
  • Students from a broad field of study under the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) fields.


  • US Citizens (or permanent residents)
  • Pursuing undergraduate degree in STEMM fields (Physics, Math, Engineering, Computer science, Biomedical science or a closely related field to the above).

Scholarship Award to Students at all Universities in USA

  • Academic Year: $1000 per quarter (or $1500 per semester)
  • Summer: Full Time (FT) $4,000, Part Time (PT) $1,500
  • Experiential learning in residence at the Tec^Edge is required for Summer at the Edge with some combination of on-campus and on-site for Year at the Edge.
  • Scholarship awards and renewals are contingent upon the availability of funds.

Scholarship Renewal

  • This scholarship can be renewed each quarter or semester based on the assessment of the scholarship committee.
  • A key factor in the renewal assessment is the judgment by the Tec^Edge mentor of the quality of experiential learning as defined by a personalized syllabus that may include such items as contact hours at Tec^Edge collaboratory and the quality of the reports and presentations required. Experiential learning in residence at the Tec^Edge is required for SATE with some on-campus experiential learning for YATE.
  • The student's success during the summer period will be a major factor in the student's scholarship being renewed for the following academic year.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Application Process

  • Download the Sample Resume and the Essay Form (Word docx files)
  • Complete the downloaded forms. At least two references are required.
  • Combine both douments into one file, and submit the document below:


  • SATE/YATE participants are asked to submit an Evaluation Form (Word .dotx) at the end of their experience.
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