THE UNCF● MERCK SCIENCE INITIATIVE
It's a Chance of a Lifetime Through an Extraordinary Partnership
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:
- 15 undergraduate scholarships
- 12 graduate dissertation fellowships
- 10 postdoctoral research fellowships
But besides funds for tuition, room and board and fees, there's also institutional support through grants to the science departments of award recipients and research grants. And along with knowledge, you'll develop a career, with hands-on research training, mentoring relationships and networking and career advancement through the Association of UNCF/Merck Fellows.
African Americans hold less than three percent of PhDs in biology, chemistry and engineering today. Opportunities created by UMSI aim to increase the numbers of minority students in sciences and engineering.
Thanks to UMSI, more than 500 students and scholars have found support, knowledge, careers and advancement.