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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 2022-2023 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 2022 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 10, 2022. All applicants will be notified by September 1, 2022 of their status. 


Applicants are required to complete an application, including an essay question, and to submit a 60 second video, a resume, a current school transcript, and an optional letter of recommendation. Undergraduate and graduate students are required to submit a research project proposal. 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 2022-2023 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. 


For undergraduate and graduate-level students (as of Fall 2022 only): All college-level applicants must submit a research project proposal as part of their application to the Governor’s STEM Scholars. These projects can be unique to the program or can be a continuation of research work that the Undergraduate or Graduate applicant is already conducting at their higher-education institution. While all types of proposals are accepted, those that have a local or community impact will receive special consideration. Check out past Governor's STEM Scholars research projects here.


When designing a research project proposal, undergraduate and graduate-level applicants should ensure that the research can be conducted within (a) the time frame of 10-12 weeks, with team members working a few hours per week, (b) with team members working a few hours per week that it will provide hands on research and analytics experience to their research team - between eight to 10 Scholars, and (c) that it is supported by an advisor or Principal Investigator that the team lead is responsible for acquiring. The Scholar will need to obtain a brief letter from the advisor or principal investigator, agreeing to mentor the team by the first week of the program. Additionally, all research teams will be provided up to a $300 reimbursement for research supplies from the Governor's STEM Scholars. 




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. 


The Governor’s STEM Scholars has not yet determined whether all programming will be held in-person or virtually for 2022-2023. Decisions are pending and will be guided by local, NJ State, and CDC regulations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Applicants will be updated on any changes to the status of the program.

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