Yes. Eligible undergraduate students are welcome to apply for the Amgen Scholars Program at any or all of the institutions offering the program. Please note, however, that each institution has its own application process and requirements.
No. One of the purposes of the research proposal submitted with the application is to demonstrate the applicant’s ability to think independently and draft their own proposal. Applicants may discuss their research theme in detail with hosting faculty members after they have been selected for the program.
Please write a research proposal focusing on a theme relevant to the lab of your preference, and which you expect to be able to complete during the eight-week program. Proposals may be pursuant to an original project or to an already existing project, provided the research theme is relevant to the laboratory.
If you are having difficulty writing a research proposal (e.g. because you are a first year student or do not have previous lab experience, etc.), then we recommend that you contact a faculty member at your home institution who can assist you.
The Statement of Purpose must be entered in two columns, each of which has space for a maximum of 3,000 characters (including spaces). Please note that this is the number of characters—not the number of words.
The recommendation letter should be written by someone who knows the applicant very well, preferably through academic and/or research activities at the applicant’s home institution. For example, a faculty member, principal investigator, or professor.
Immediately after you submit your application online, an e-mail notification will be sent automatically to your two nominated referees with instructions on how to submit a recommendation letter on your behalf, and details of the application deadline. Please be sure to submit your application allowing sufficient time for the referees to submit the recommendation letters.