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WAVE Fellows

Caltech is committed to promoting diversity within its educational programs and activities and strives to ensure that differing cultural, ethnic, social, geographic, and economic perspectives are represented. Caltech's WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. All applicants will be considered without regard to race or gender.

In 2020, WAVE Fellows receive an award of $6,420 for 10-weeks and a $580 housing/travel allowance. Caltech housing is available and we strongly encourage all Fellows to live on campus.

In addition to the research experience, WAVE Fellows will participate in:

  • Weekly seminars by Caltech faculty & JPL scientists and engineers
  • An academic and professional development series on developing a research career, graduate school admissions, and other topics of interest to future researchers
  • Various social and cultural activities
  • Weekly small student-faculty dinners
  • Special field trips

Interested in nanoscience? The Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) at Caltech is offering named fellowships for successful WAVE applicants who conduct research on nanoscience-related projects. For more information about the KNI's SURF-the-WAVE program, please visit their website.

The WAVE Fellows program is generously supported by Edison International, the Genentech Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and individual donors.