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The Governor's STEM Scholars provides high-achieving New Jersey STEM students in grades 10 through doctoral level with an introduction to the state's vast STEM economy to retain that talent in the state. 


The Governor’s STEM Scholars application is now open for the 2023-2024 Class. 


The Governor’s STEM Scholars is provided at no cost to participants. It is open to New Jersey-based students who will be entering 10th grade in the Fall of 2023 through doctoral level, who have a proven passion for STEM, and a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2023. All applicants will be notified by September 1, 2023 of their status. 


Applicants are required to complete an application, including essay questions, and to submit a 60 second video, a current school transcript, and an optional letter of recommendation. Please see all the application questions here.

New Jersey Based Students.


Do you know a great high school or college STEM student? Nominate them for the 2023-2024 Governor's STEM Scholars. After you share their name and email and we will get in touch about the application process.

New Jersey Based Students.

Grades 10th Through Doctoral Level.

GPA of 3.5 or Higher.

Passion for STEM. 


All Governor’s STEM Scholars will participate in a research/engineering design project during the 2023-2024 programmatic year. Utilizing a UN sustainability goal as a guidepost, Scholars - working in teams - will design a solution that will impact their local community, and will create a strategy, prototype, and outreach plan for this solution. Scholars will present their projects to our panel of STEM industry professionals at the Governor’s STEM Scholars Commencement. All Scholars will be expected to contribute between 5-10 hours of group work between each scheduled conference. 


For undergraduate- and graduate-level applicants only: College-level Scholars will serve as Team Leads for these projects and will be responsible for guiding and mentoring their team through all strategies, deadlines and deliverables. Team Leads will receive a $1,000 stipend for completing all required aspects of the Governor’s STEM Scholars program and project.


This is a unique opportunity for college students to gain research leadership experience outside of the classroom. 


Team Leads will be expected to: 

  • Attend four in-person Governor’s STEM Scholars conferences, plus additional virtual Team Lead meetings; 

  • Lead and mentor a team of high school students in designing and implementing the research/engineering design project; 

  • Motivate Scholars to complete project tasks; 

  • Manage team members’ time and activities, schedule team meetings, assign duties; 

  • Communicate and report to team members and Governor’s STEM Scholars staff; 

  • Support team members in the development of project deliverables such as a research report, creation of a prototype, and presentation at Governor’s STEM Scholars commencement; and

  • Manage project budget if needed. 





The Governor’s STEM Scholars is committed to diversity, inclusion and belonging and to providing a welcoming environment for all Scholars. The Governor’s STEM Scholars seeks out and uplifts applications from students with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to diverse ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, locations, abilities, and more. 


COVID-19 Impact: Due to venue restrictions, Scholars may be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to attend certain events. 

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