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How to Apply

Application Open!

To apply, go to and search for “Summer Institute” or here to go directly to the announcement. The application deadline is April 15, 2023.

The Summer Institute is a two-week in-person AND virtual workshop for middle school science teachers featuring hands-on activities, lectures, virtual tours with NIST scientists and engineers.

Workshop Dates: July 10-21, 2023

Application deadline: Applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, April 15, 2023. Applications from individual teachers will be accepted through only.


In FY2023, NIST anticipates providing funding to support up to approximately 40 teachers with participation periods of 2 weeks.

Each teacher selected will receive $2,500 as a stipend for the two-week program. Additionally, in-person participants will also receive a travel and housing allowance of $2,000.

Eligible Applicants

Teachers in Public school districts and accredited private educational institutions in the U.S. and its territories that teach middle school science subjects. 

  • All candidates must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Be available to commit two (2) full continuous weeks (10 workdays, Monday through Friday) from 9:00 a.m. EDT to 4:00 p.m. EDT, July 10-21, 2023, to participate in the NIST Summer Institute Program physically at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland or virtually.
  • Be employed for the 2023-2024 school year to teach science at grade levels six (6), seven (7), and/or eight (8) in a public-school district or accredited private educational institution in the U.S. or its territories.
  • The topics taught by each teacher must include general science fields, such as earth science, physical science, chemistry, physics, and/or biology.
  • Applicants are required to participate in Direct Deposit

Note: Applicants must select either the in-person option OR the virtual option. The NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers is open to U.S. citizens only.

Required Documents

  1. Complete application including responses to all questions
  2. Resume (uploaded into the system –
  3. Employment Verification provided through a reference. References must be on the appropriate school letter head and clearly list the following:
    • That the applicant is a Middle School Science Teacher
    • That the applicant is scheduled to teach science at the middle school level in the 2023-2024 school year
    • Reference is from the principal of the middle school for which the applicant teaches science.
Created February 15, 2011, Updated January 13, 2023