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The Amgen Scholars Program aims to open the door to research opportunities at 24 host institutions for undergraduates from any four-year college or university in a given region.

Made possible through a 17-year commitment of more than $70 million from the Amgen Foundation, Amgen Scholars allows undergraduates from across the globe to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions. 24 premier educational and research institutions across the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada currently host the summer program.

Undergraduate participants benefit from undertaking a research project under top faculty, being part of a cohort-based experience of seminars and networking events, and taking part in a symposium in their respective region where they meet their peers, learn about biotechnology, and hear from leading scientists.

Amgen Scholars at a Glance

No previous research experience is necessary and you do not need to be a life sciences major to apply.
You do not need to currently attend one of the 24 host institutions to participate in the program. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 750 colleges and universities to date.
During the program, students work full-time on independent research projects under the guidance of a research scientist.
Amgen Scholars have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with faculty mentors and other research staff.
Amgen Scholars learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduate careers.
Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Please note that details vary by host institution. See each institution’s Amgen Scholars Program website for more information.

Research Areas

Areas of potential focus include any disciplines related to the discovery, development, manufacture and delivery of human therapeutics, as well as the overall biomedical and biotechnology enterprise.

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A signature component of the summer program is the symposium where students hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia. Over the course of the symposium, Scholars have the chance to share their summer research projects with their peers and deepen their understanding of drug discovery and development.

Amgen Scholars from across the U.S. and Canada meet in California, Amgen Scholars from across Europe convene in England, Amgen Scholars across Asia meet in Singapore, and Amgen Scholars across Australia, New Zealand and Oceania convene in Australia. The four symposia provide undergraduates with a valuable opportunity to network with other Amgen Scholars as well as interact with leading industry and academic scientists.


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