United Negro College Fund Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship

Fellowship Information


UMSI brings together UNCF, The Merck Company Foundation and Merck Global Diversity Inclusion to offer 37 annual awards to outstanding African American students and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of science.

Who Should Apply:

2 summer internships plus an academic year

Number & Amount Available:

At least 15 scholarship awards will be granted. Each award provides up to $30,000, which includes up to $25,000 towards tuition, room and board, and billable fees. Each UNCF / Merck Undergraduate Fellow will be mentored by a Merck scientist and will receive a Summer Research Internship with a stipend of at least $5,000, if eligible. One internship will take place during the summer following the junior year and the other following graduation. The 10-12 week summer internship will take place at a Merck facility.

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:
NC State Endorsement Required:

Student Information

Required GPA:
3.2 and above
Academic Level:


Initial Deadline:
December 2nd
NC State Campus Deadline:


National Deadline:
December 2nd