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.
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.
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.
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