The nationally recognized Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship is awarded to exceptional science, technology, and engineering students who plan on teaching science in a high-need school district after graduation.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Noyce Program at the University of Iowa provides $12,000 per academic year in scholarship support. This support is renewable for up to 3 years if the Scholar becomes enrolled in and maintains good academic standing in either the Masters in Science Teaching (MAT) program or the “4+1” program (BA/MAT) at the University of Iowa.

In return for Noyce Scholarship support, scholarship recipients make the commitment that after completing their degree program at the University of Iowa, they will teach in a high-needs school district for two years per year of scholarship support received.

Applications open for 2021-2022 academic year.
Application deadline EXTENDED: May 28, 2021. 

Application and Award Information

To be eligible for the Noyce Scholarship, students must:

  • Be either an incoming junior or senior at the University of Iowa who has a declared major in science, technology, or engineering (for eligibility to 4+1 program) or
    Be a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, or engineering (eligible for M.A.T. program)
  • Hold US citizen or permanent residency
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale

Deadline for 2021-2022 academic year applications - May 28, 2021.

Application requirements:

  • A completed online application (including responses to two essay questions)
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from the University of Iowa and other college-level institutions that the applicant has attended
  • Recommendations from two STEM faculty members or other professionals who are familiar with the student's work ethic and can speak to the applicant's commitment to STEM education and their potential as a teacher. Please have your two references fill out this form.

How will scholarship recipients be selected?

Scholarship awards will be made primarily on the basis of academic merit, with consideration for financial need and diversity.

What counts as a science, technology, or engineering degree?

What counts as “STEM”, or more specifically Science, Technology, or Engineering degrees varies among different universities. At the University of Iowa, science degrees awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering are generally considered “STEM” degrees that meet the National Science Foundation’s criteria.

Undergraduate degrees in health science or science education are not considered STEM degrees for the purposes of this scholarship.

If you have questions about whether your degree would make you eligible, please contact the scholarship committee by emailing

What counts as a “high-needs” district?

A “high-need local educational agency” is one in which one or more of the following conditions is met: 1) a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line; 2) a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; or 3) a high teacher turnover rate.

The Iowa Department of Education refers to high-needs local education agencies as Schools and Districts in need of assistance (SINA/DINA).

What happens after I am awarded the scholarship?

If not already admitted to the MAT or 4+1 program, scholarship awardees must complete the application process and be admitted into the appropriate Teacher Education Program. During completion of their degree program, Noyce Scholars participate in professional development opportunities such as workshops and seminars aimed at helping them develop the skills they will need to be effective teachers in high-needs areas.

After graduation, Noyce Scholars complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district per year of scholarship support received and participate in surveys and research interviews as part of project-level and program evaluation efforts.

What happens if I receive an award but do not complete the teaching service requirement?

If a Noyce Scholar fails to comply with the agreement, the funding becomes a loan that must be repaid. All funds received will be repaid plus relevant interest until the full amount is recovered.

Are current science teachers eligible for the Noyce Scholarship?

Unfortunately, current science teachers are not eligible for the Noyce Scholarship.


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