The Siemens Competition

The Siemens Foundation is pleased to announce the Siemens Competition that is administered by Discovery Education. The competition is open to high school students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.The competition encourages you to explore your scientific interests and offers you the opportunity to win a college scholarship. Through the competition, the first place winner will receive up to- $100,000, second place – $50,000, and all other Finalists will get $25,000.

The Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology in 1999. The Competition is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects.


To eligible, the applicant must meet all the following criteria:

  • High school students, who are citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) of the United States, are eligible to apply.
  • Students must be in good standing, enrolled in, and attending one of the following (during the 2017-18 school year):
  1. High school (grades 9-12) in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Wake and Midway Islands, or the Marianas. § Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school.
  2. Foreign school as an exchange student or because your parent or guardian lives and works abroad.
  3. Homeschool provided that signatures are obtained from the school district responsible for such programs. If your state does not require district supervision, the parent or guardian responsible for the homeschooling must sign the appropriate forms.
  • Students must be enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) during the 2017-18 school year.
  • Students submitting individual projects must be in good standing, enrolled in, and be in their last year of high school (grade 12). Students must complete all high school courses required for college admissions no later than September 1, 2018.
  • Team projects may have two or three members only and do not need to include a senior (grade 12).
  1. All team members must be in good standing, enrolled in, and attending high school (grades 9-12), although team members may be from different schools.
  2. Each team must designate a team leader who serves as the communication liaison between the Siemens Competition and the other members of the team. All team members must have active roles in the design, execution, and delivery of results of the research submitted to the Siemens Competition and has made a substantial contribution to the effort.
  3. If your team structure changes, either before or after registration, students are required to indicate (1) the nature of the change and (2) that all team members agree to the change in the Acknowledgements section of the Project Form in your Student Dashboard. Teams are required to list ALL current and past team members in the Project form, regardless of whether or not they were part of the final team.
  4. New This Year: Your team structure must be finalized by 11:59 PM E/T on Monday, August 14, 2017. After this date, you cannot make any changes to your team structure (adding or removing members). If for extenuating circumstances you need to do so, you must present your case in writing to the Siemens Competition Team for approval.
  • Competition entrants who have parents, guardians, or Competition mentors employed at, or otherwise affiliated with, the Siemens Foundation’s university partners may enter the Competition but may not be permitted to compete at the partner university where the parent, guardian, or mentor is employed or otherwise affiliated.
  1. Furthermore, if lab- or research work for the project was performed at any of these six universities, students may enter the Competition but may not be able to compete at that university.
  2. Students who do have such conflicts must disclose this information in the Student Profile during the registration process. Failure to disclose conflicts may result in disqualification.
  • Children of employees of Discovery Communications and its subsidiaries are not eligible to enter the Competition.

How to Apply:

To apply for the scholarship, the applicant can register through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

All Required Materials as the following:

  • Research Report including Abstract and References
  • Executive Summary
  • Mentor Form
  • Parent/Guardian Authorization
  • School Endorsement
  • Student Affirmation Statement read and Check Box
  • Human and Animal Protection Policy Questions
  • Laboratory Director/Research Group Director Information (if applicable)

The Siemens Competition

Financial Aid and Award Money:

Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000.

Finalists will be awarded prizes as follows: first place – $100,000, second place – $50,000, all other Finalists – $25,000.Your scholarship can be used for:

  • Tuition and fees required for enrollment.
  • Fees, books, supplies, research and equipment required for courses of instructions at the schools that are required for graduation.
  • On-campus room and board.

Application Deadline:

All competition materials must be received by Tuesday, September 19, 2017, by 11:59pmE/T.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, email at or phone: 800-323-9084

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