Merit Scholarship Stipends


Educational Enhancement Stipends fund approved faculty-mentored research/creative projects or unpaid internships during the summer or approved study abroad during the academic year or summer for students awarded a stipend upon admission to Temple.

A $4,000 stipend helps cover costs for experiential learning outside of the classroom. Learning must be closely related to a student's academic and professional goals and help enhance the student's candidacy for graduate study, prestigious national scholarships and fellowships.


Who is Eligible

  • Full-time Temple undergraduate students who were awarded a stipend when admitted and who maintain the GPA and enrollment requirements to continue Merit Scholarship eligibility.*
  • Student must complete at least one full-time semester at Temple after using the stipend.

*Applies to students awarded a Presidential Scholarship, or a Provost Scholarship between fall 2013-spring 2017; see scholarship notification letter for details. Students admitted to Honors as incoming first-year students between fall 2013 and spring 2017 with other merit scholarship levels (Dean's, Founder's or University) must maintain good standing in the Honors Program (See Honors web site) to maintain stipend eligibility.


Internship and Research Guidelines

  • Unpaid
  • Summer only
  • 300-hour minimum; two projects may be combined to reach the minimum
  • Stipends may not be used for tuition
  • Students cannot have outside employment or coursework during the stipend period
  • Approved by college internship advisor or faculty research mentor, the student's school/college and the Provost's Office
  • After project is completed (and before fall semester begins), stipend recipients must complete the online Post-Experience Review Form (within the application system)
  • Detailed guidelines and stipend information are included in PDF

Study Abroad Guidelines

  • May use approved study abroad programs with a minimum stay abroad of 28 days
  • Must be approved by Temple study abroad advisor, the student's school/college and the Provost's Office
  • After program is completed (and before next semester begins), stipend recipients must complete the online Post-Experience Review Form (within the application system)
  • Detailed guidelines and stipend information are included in PDF

Getting Started

  • Meet with your home school/college stipend contact, an advisor in the University Honors Program, or the Education Abroad office (for study abroad programs).
  • Login to the Merit Scholar System and complete the appropriate application by the deadline indicated.
  • Applications are reviewed by students’ school/college and then by the Provost’s Office. Students are notified of proposal approval by April 6 for summer, or June 15 for fall and December 1 for spring study abroad programs.
  • Stipend is disbursed during the term in which the experience takes place.

When to Apply

  • Summer Internship, Research or Study Abroad opens February 1 and is due March 9
  • Fall Study Abroad opens May 5 and is due June 1
  • Spring Study Abroad opens October 1 and is due November 1

Login to Merit Scholar Stipend System to begin application