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 Presidential Scholarship 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 Presidential Scholarship when admitted and who maintain the GPA and enrollment requirements to continue scholarship eligibility.
  • Student must complete at least one full-time semester at Temple after using the stipend.


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, the University Career Center (for internships), 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