Each summer hundreds of undergraduates step into some of the world’s premier research universities and institutions to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program. Students conduct hands-on research in the lab alongside top faculty, participate in seminars and networking events, and take part in symposia with their peers and leading scientists.



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Quick facts

Academic Discipline



US Citizen, Permanent Resident


Sophomore, Junior



GPA: Required Minimum


Endorsement Required


Award Amount

Varies somewhat by program site


Amgen Scholars is hosted at premier institutions within the United States including Duke University. Each host institution has its own application process. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States is required, and you can apply to participate at as many host institutions as you are interested in. Duke University, California Institute of Technology, Columbia University/Barnard College, Harvard University, John Hopkins University,  National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Francisco, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University.



Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territories
  • Sophomore (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), junior or non-graduating senior (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies).
  • U.S. Program applicants must also have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.