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How to Apply

Application Now Open!

The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

To apply, go to and search for “Summer Institute” or here to go directly to the announcement.

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

Workshop Dates: July 5-16, 2021.

Application deadline: Applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, April 30, 2021.

Applications from individual teachers will be accepted through only.


In FY2020, NIST anticipates providing funding to support up to approximately 22 teachers for no more than $4,500 per teacher with project performance periods of up to 2 weeks.

Each teacher selected will receive $2,500 as a stipend for the two-week program. In addition, funds may be provided for travel and lodging for the selected teachers traveling more than 50 miles from their primary residence to the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland, (up to $2,000 per teacher), for a total of up to $4,500 per teacher.


Note: The NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers is open to U.S. citizens only.


Created February 15, 2011, Updated January 6, 2021