Heinlein Society International Scholarship Program

Merit Based Scholarship | Scholarship Provided by : The Heinlein Society

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ce our sixth annual scholarship essay contest for the 2017-2018 academic year. Three $1,250 scholarships (a 25% increase versus last year) will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The other two scholarships may be awarded to either a male or female, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study. Applicants will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several available topics. Winners will be announced on July 7, 2017.   Previous scholarship winners who will still be attending college in the 2017-2018 academic year as undergraduates are eligible to apply agai... Read more »

Scholarship application closes on
May 15, 2017
Scholarship provided type
Number of scholarships offered
3 per year
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Scholarship Details

Three (3) $1,250 scholarships awarded to students selected by the Heinlein Society Scholarship Committee.


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicant must be a full time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college that awards Bachelor of Science or Arts degrees.
  2. Major must be Engineering, Math, or Biological or Physical Sciences, or Science Fiction as Literature.
  3. Open to residents of any country.


Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items:
1. Completed application form.
2. A brief explanation of career goals and biographical (background) information.
3. A 500 – 1,000 word essay on one of the following subjects:
a. How Robert Heinlein affected my career choice.
b. Discuss the ‘Golden Age of SF’ and Robert Heinlein’s role in it.
c. Discuss one or more great scientists, mathematicians, or engineers, and the importance of their contributions to humanity, who are not nearly as well known to the educated public as you believe their work deserves.
d. Robert Heinlein said “The golden age of science has yet to begin.” Evaluate this statement compared to your technical field.
e. Discuss the advantages to the human race of a permanent settlement on the Moon or Mars.
f. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has increased to the point where driverless cars, robotics for manufacture, and chess-playing can be done without humans. Anticipate what will happen to economics and society in general as AI and robotics assume a larger portion of human activity. What will happen to humans whose jobs are displaced therefrom?
g. What does the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” imply for scientists and engineers?
Deadline for the application is May 15, 2017. Applications postmarked or emailed after this date will not be considered.

Additional Information

If students have any questions about the application, they can send a query at the following email address: scholarships@heinleinsociety.org.

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Contact Info

The Heinlein Society 3553,
Atlantic Ave. #341,
Long Beach CA 908075606 United States of America