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Clare Boothe Luce Program

Women in Science and Engineering

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Since its inception in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program has been one of the most significant sources of support for women seeking to study or teach science, engineering, and mathematics. Women comprise nearly half the faculty in non-science fields at four-year colleges and universities nationwide, but only about a quarter of faculty in mathematics, and an even smaller percentage in the physical sciences, engineering and computer science.

To encourage women to enter sciences, mathematics and engineering fields, the CBL Program awards:

Eligible students must be:

  • female;
  • a U.S. citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident;
  • majoring or pursuing matriculated graduate studies in a field approved by the Program and discussed under each award;
  • intending to pursue a career in teaching and research in these fields; 
  • graduating in May 2021

All awards are based on undertaking research with a mentor and each awardee must have a mentor by the time the Award Period begins. Awardees may not switch their major or field of study, or graduate degree program during the term of the award, and are required to report on their progress according to the requirements of their award.
Please note: undergraduate awardees are not permitted to hold a CBL award if they are planning to study abroad.

2019 CBL Awards Timeline:

  • February - eligible students will be invited to apply for a CBL award.
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm - completed application deadline
  • March - Applicant Interviews with Review Committee members
  • Applicants are notified of final award decisions