When I was in middle school, I used to spend a lot of time on Quora, where I learned about grants, fellowships, science fairs, contests, summer programs, internships, and so many other interesting and exciting opportunities. I did go on to pursue some of them — I’ve applied for grants for my project (and received Emergent Ventures and Helium Grant!), attended MIT Launch summer program, and did two engineering internships.
I believe that opportunities like the ones I’ve mentioned below can be a fantastic way to meet other smart and ambitious people, find mentorship, get funding for projects, get new ideas, learn lots, and get recognition for your work!
- Pioneer grant
- Emergent Ventures
- Thiel Fellowship ($100k for 2 years)
- 1517fund grant
- Davidson Fellowship. Note: You need to be a US citizen or green card holder.
- Helium Grant ($1k)
- Cards against humanity STEM scholarship for a woman
- Cisco $300k Global Problem Solver Challenge
- 8VC Social Innovators Cup
- Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship
- Y Combinator startup incubator
- Einstein Fellowship
- Google Science Fair
- 3M Young Scientist Challenge
- Intel ISEF
- Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
- EU Contest for Young Scientists
- Paradigm Challenge
- IOI, IMO, IPhO, IChO, IBO, and other International Science Olympiads
- Breakthrough Junior Challenge
- The Diamond Challenge
- Google Code-in
- CES Young Innovators to Watch
- World of 7 billion student video contest
- Wolfram Summer School
- SPARC (summer program on applied rationality and cognition)
- LaunchX (I went there in 2017 summer!)
- CSNE Young Scholars Program in Neuroengineering (I’m applying for it in 2019!)
- Stanford Pre-Collegiate
- Harvard Summer School
- Center for Talented Youth
- Northwestern Center for Talent Development
- Google Summer of Code
- Hackathons! Online and in-person both. Find them on Devpost.
- WWDC scholarship
- NVIDIA AI residency program
- The Recurse Center
Got any other ideas? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!