OURS National Scholarships

Quad Fellowship

Next deadline: April 2025

The Quad Fellowship sponsors exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, Indian and ASEAN master’s and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to study in the United States. The fellowship will develop a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in the private, public, and academic sectors, in their own nations and among the Quad and ASEAN countries. The program will build a foundational understanding among Quad Scholars of one another’s societies and cultures through programming and networking events. The fellowship offers a combination of financial benefits, cross-cultural exchange, networking, and content programming. Each Fellow will receive a one-time award of $40,000 to be used for academic expenses. 

Prospective applicants should make an individual advising appointment with Keila Diehl in the OURS National Scholarships Office.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply, an applicant must: 
• be at least 18 years of age at the time of application 
• be a citizens or legal permanent resident of one of the Quad countries – Australia, India, Japan, or the United States – or any of the 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam) 
• have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a STEM field by August 2025 (for 2025-26 start)* 
• have a demonstrated record of superior academic achievement at the undergraduate level 
* Prospective graduate students must have already applied to an eligible STEM graduate program at a US-based university to begin the 2025-2026 academic year. If applicants are currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in the US, they must be enrolled full-time in an eligible STEM graduate program for the full 2025-2026 academic year. Note: Clinical healthcare degree programs such as doctorates of medicine or Masters of nursing are ineligible.  

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence: Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in a STEM field through academic success. Competitive doctoral candidates should have some research experience. 
  • Passion for the intersection of STEM and social impact: Candidates should demonstrate their interest and engagement in the impact that science and technology can have on society and the collective good. Candidates should clearly express their interest in applying their studies to positively impact others. This can be demonstrated by research conducted, relevant coursework taken, internships held, extracurricular opportunities engaged, or professional indicators of commitment.
  • Curiosity, Compassion, and Integrity: Candidates should demonstrate an expansive and interdisciplinary sense of curiosity, an interest in building and sustaining genuine connections between individuals with differing cultural, socio-economic, and professional backgrounds, and exemplify integrity in both their professional and personal lives. This can be demonstrated through professional or personal experiences within and beyond the intersection of STEM and social impact.
  • Sense of Initiative: Candidates should describe their track record and abilities to produce tangible, successful, and positive results. 
  • Innovation and CreativityCandidates should describe their unique perspectives and creative approaches to the issues they most care about. This can be demonstrated by original academic work or extracurricular opportunities. 

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Personal Statement (650 words)
  • Two short essays (250 words each)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two academic; the third may be from professional contact)

For more information about this opportunity, visit the Quad Fellowship website.