Amgen Scholars Program

University of California - San Francisco
San Francisco, CA.
Type Basic Science Research


The Amgen Scholars Program provides summer research opportunities at UCSF for undergraduates in science and biotechnology. In addition to the summer research experience at UCSF, participants join other Amgen Scholars from across the country at a symposium where they share their summer experiences.

Program Features
In addition to daily research, students also participate in:

  • Seminars on scientific and professional development
  • Journal talks
  • A GRE preparation course (optional)
  • Small group meetings and activities
  • Social and cultural events
  • Oral and poster presentations

Participant Benefits
Students receive a total package worth over $8,000 including:

  • $ 4,000 stipend
  • A $500 allowance for travel to and from San Francisco
  • Housing in San Francisco (double-occupancy)
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Public transportation pass


  • Be a currently-enrolled undergraduate student. (We cannot accept students who will have earned their bachelor’s degree by the end of the spring prior to summer participation).
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a desire to pursue a PhD in one of the disciplines offered by the UCSF Graduate Division in life/health sciences listed in the program description.
  • Have completed at least four semesters or six quarters of undergraduate study prior to the beginning of the Summer Program.
  • Be able to participate for the entirety of the program.

Preference will be given to students who have:

  • at least one year of research experience at your current institution
  • a GPA of at least 3.0
  • excellent letters of recommendation (At least one should come from your faculty research mentor/supervisor.)
  • demonstrated emotional maturity and seriousness about pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD in the health sciences