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Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Women in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

The Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program was established to encourage women to pursue graduate education and careers in teaching and research in disciplines having the lowest participation of women, namely physics, engineering, math, computer science, and chemistry. It is the single largest private source of funding for women in science and engineering. In its first 25 years, the CBL program has awarded grants totaling over $150 million.

Under this program, Fordham is able to provide two-year scholarships (contingent on acceptable performance in the first year) to outstanding female undergraduates in science, engineering, and mathematics to encourage and facilitate graduate education and enable them to achieve a career in teaching and research.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are open to highly qualified full-time female undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents, not intending to pursue further education in the medical sciences (e.g. Pre-Med students), are not planning to study abroad during the term of their award, and who will complete their degree and graduate in May 2021 in one of the following majors:

  • Chemistry 
  • Computer and Information Science 
  • Mathematics
  • Physics or Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Science, Integrative Neuroscience or Natural Science only if:
    • your experience to date demonstrates significant involvement in Chemistry, Computer and Information Science, Mathematics, or Physics or Engineering Physics; and
    • your eventual Clare Boothe Luce research will be mentored by a faculty member in one of these areas.


Scholarships are 9-month academic-year awards, generally made at the end of sophomore year to begin the following fall, that include:

  • tuition charges not covered by any other scholarships or awards, for full-time study during the following fall and spring semesters.  All study must be at Fordham’s Rose Hill, Lincoln Center, and/or Westchester campuses; study abroad is not permitted under the terms of the program.
  • if applied for, up to a $1,000 professional development fund for supplies, travel, research, etc. This fund is handled by reimbursement of expenses and requires previous approval by the Program Coordinator and proof of payment. Any equipment purchases must be made through Fordham. Funds are not permitted to be used for local travel or travel outside the United States.
  • pending a GPA of at least 3.0 and satisfactory progress in research, the Award may be renewed for an additional academic year.

 Please note: housing is not covered by the CBL Undergraduate Scholarship award.

In accepting the award, the student agrees to:

  • continue in her major;
  • maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA;
  • begin research in her field with a faculty mentor by the fall the award period begins;
  • write a progress report by January 20 during the year of the award;
  • submit a final report at the conclusion of the award year in April on outcomes of her research and encouragement of women in the sciences during the year; and
  • after graduating from Fordham, provide the Program Coordinator with a 5-year follow-up report on her career and educational achievements.

In addition to basic personal information, the application includes a brief explanation of your plans after you graduate from Fordham, letters of recommendation from two Fordham faculty members, a personal essay, a CV or resume, a spring 2019 class schedule, and an unofficial transcript. For more complete information, review the Scholarship Application Guidelines.

The application submission deadline (including all required material, attachments, and letters of recommendation) is Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.

If you have any questions, please contact Maura Gallagher, Program Coordinator, at