ARCS Foundation chapters support 675 approved programs and departments at 50 leading research universities across the United States. In assessing potential academic partners, ARCS evaluates strength of graduate degree programs, facutly size and quality, national rankings, and national research grant funding, among other criteria. Contact ARCS Foundation for more information.
"I am inspired by the dedication of ARCS Foundation in raising funds every year for outstanding graduate students named as ARCS Scholars. This strong support has helped more than a hundred of our students attend conferences, update computers, and help pay child-care costs to make their work possible."
— Dr. Morton Shaprio, President, Northwestern University
New Discipline, Program Approved
Clinical Psychology with a focus on research has been added to the list of disciplines that may be considered for ARCS Scholar Award funding. The addition was requested by the San Diego Chapter, vetted by the national University Relations Committee, and approved by the National Board at its October 2023 online meeting.
In 2022, the board added STEM programs at other academic partners: Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions, Biomedical Informatics;Northern Arizona University’s College of Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, School of Earth and Sustainability; andUniversity of Pittsburgh’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Geology and Environmental Science.
UC Merced is Newest ARCS University
The University of California, Merced became ARCS Foundation’s newest academic partner in 2022. UC Merced’s Cognitive and Information Sciences, Environmental Systems, and Physics programs are eligible for Northern California Chapter ARCS Scholar Awards.
"Our affiliation with ARCS has already increased awareness of UC Merced's commitment to providing resources to future leaders in science, engineering, and medical fields right here in the Central Valley," commented Chancellor Juan Sanchez Munoz.
"ARCS Foundation is a vital partner of the University of Washington, not only because of its remarkable financial support of graduate students, but because of its truly visionary mission to promote graduate education, encourage first-class graduate students to find solutions, and create better lives for us all." — Mark A. Emmert, PhD, NCAA Executive Director and former University of Washington President
U.S. institutions where ARCS Foundation chapters fund scholar awards to top graduate students