The Noyce Scholarship at Northeastern Illinois University is focused on preparing talented undergraduate Mathematics and Biology majors or Teacher Licensure candidates in Secondary Education with a focus on Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science to become highly qualified teachers interested in working with students at the high school level.

Through the NSF Noyce Scholarship, future teachers can build a solid foundation through rich and rigorous experiences and opportunities. Students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, such as African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans are especially encouraged to apply. This program is designed to enhance a students’ ability to become highly effective teachers in a high-need school setting. 



The National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Scholars Program provides up to two years of support for undergraduate students majoring in mathematics or science who intend to apply for the secondary education Teacher Licensure Program (TLP). 


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Scholars Program provides up to one year of support for graduate students seeking Teacher Licensure in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science.


  • Workshops designed to broaden the scope of teaching practices
  • Seminars on Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Justice 
  • Mentorship by both Noyce Scholars faculty and classroom teachers from high-need schools in the Chicago Public Schools system
  • Opportunities in the GEAR UP project for direct and ongoing experiences with high school students, teachers, parents, community members and Center for College Access and Success staff consultants
  • Membership in the NEIU Noyce Scholars cohort and the national NSF Noyce Scholars groups
  • Academic, career and personal guidance and support through undergraduate degree completion
  • Financial assistance

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be at least junior status or a Teacher Licensure Program candidate and have an ACT composite score of at least 20 or a TAP section score of at least 210
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Per NSF guidelines, students do have to maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship
  • First-generation college students with income eligibility and/or members of an underrepresented group are preferred
  • Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency as the Noyce Scholars Program is funded by the National Science Foundation

Requirements to be completed by the end of the program

  • Completion of a summer research project or participate in the GEAR UP summer STEM academy.
  • Participation in workshops and seminars aimed at preparing you to teach in a high-needs high school
  • Completion of a classroom action research project with a team of Noyce Scholars
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree and Illinois Professional Educators License in Secondary Education Mathematics or Biology or completion of Teacher Licensure Program in Secondary Education (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science).

How to Apply for Noyce

To be accepted as a high-need local education agency the district must meet at least one of the following definitions: The term high-need local educational agency as defined in section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021) means a local educational agency (for example, a school district) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area which is characterized by at least one of the following:

  1. a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
  2. a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach; and/or
  3. a high teacher turnover rate.