NSF/OURS Program

NSF/OURS Scholarship Opportunity

With an original $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2012, the Opportunities for UnderRepresented Scholars (OURS) program provides initial funding to support full scholarships for eligible participants for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Leadership. In 2014, the NSF granted more than $370,000 in supplemental funding to expand this program to the nation’s Tribal Colleges. The OURS program is now designed to prepare women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at both Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) for academic leadership roles, either within their STEM disciplines or within institutional administrations.

Upon the completion of each year-long program, program Fellows receive a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) and will be positioned to assume leadership positions in higher education, up to and including the level of President.