The NSF Robert Noyce
Scholarship program awards grants to institutions of higher education
(as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965) in
the United States or consortia of such institutions or nonprofit
entities that have established consortia among such institutions of
higher education to provide scholarships for juniors and seniors
who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
(STEM) and stipends for STEM professionals seeking to become
teachers. A goal of the program is to recruit individuals with strong
STEM backgrounds who might otherwise not have considered a career in
K-12 teaching. Proposals may address either the scholarship or the
stipend program or both programs.
Scholarship and stipend
recipients should be selected on the basis of academic merit, with
consideration given to financial need and the diversity of
participants in the program. Institutions are expected to provide
the program and support to enable scholarship and stipend recipients to
obtain teacher certification or licensing and to become successful
elementary or secondary teachers.
This support should be
based on effective, evidence-based strategies and should be available
to recipients during their participation in the program and continue
after their completion of the program to ease the transition into
teaching and aid retention during and beyond the obligatory service
period. Program activities for scholarship and stipend
recipients may include serving as resources for science and mathematics
instruction in K-12 classrooms.
Up to 15% of the proposed
budget may be allocated for administrative and program costs associated
with recruiting and preparing the teachers, providing support for the
teachers as they begin teaching, and conducting monitoring and
evaluation activities. The project leadership team is expected to
include STEM discipline faculty.