Academic Partners


Students at The Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research, San Diego State University, University of California, San Diego, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science at the University of San Diego receive Scholar Award support.

In order to participate in the ARCS Foundation Scholar Award program, ARCS Foundation Recipient Schools undergo a comprehensive evaluation that considers the strength of the degree programs, size and quality of the faculty, number of published scientific articles, library facilities, test scores, research grants from nationally recognized institutions, and faculty membership in such professional organizations as the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and The Institute of Medicine.

San Diego ARCS Foundation Scholars pursue Masters and Doctoral degrees in a wide range of subjects involving leading-edge technologies in science and engineering. Departments within the ARCS Foundation Recipient Schools eligible to sponsor ARCS Foundation Scholars include astronomy, biochemistry, botany, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, engineering, genetics, marine biology, mathematics, medicine, oceanography, physics, veterinary medicine, and zoology.


In order to be eligible for consideration for an ARCS Award, a student must be nominated by his/her Principal Investigator, Adviser, or Department Chair. If you are interested in an ARCS Award, you should contact one of the aforementioned. The selection process varies by institution but is usually conducted by the Dean of Graduate Studies or the Dean of a Division. ARCS Foundation does not select the Scholars directly.

The selection process generally begins by late June or early July for the next academic year.


ARCS Scholars are selected both for their accomplishments and for their promise as an outstanding member of the scientific community. A student must be enrolled full-time in one of the fields of science, engineering, or medical research that is funded by ARCS, maintain a 3.5 GPA, show evidence of satisfactory progress toward their degree, and be a U.S. citizen. An ARCS Award is unrestricted and may be used at the Scholar’s discretion.

All Scholar Awards are based on merit. When the merits of candidates appear equal, then need is a consideration. ARCS Foundation Scholars are selected without regard to race, gender, or religion.

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Hahn School of Nursing and Health
The Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research
College of Engineering - College of Sciences
Division of Biological Sciences - Division of Physical Sciences - Jacobs School of Engineering - School of Medicine - Scripps Institution of Oceanography