Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate International Research Experiences

A number of public and private organizations provide financial support for undergraduate students to participate in international research. Representative examples of funding opportunities for undergraduate international research experiences include:

American Chemical Society
International Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Application Deadline: January 31 (annually)

Brazilian Studies Association
Brazilian Initiation Scholarship Award
Application Deadline: TBD (the deadline for 2014 applications was Nov. 15, 2013)

EURO Scholars
European Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Application Deadlines: April 1 (fall semester) and October 1 (spring semester)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Research Internships in Science and Engineering
Application Deadlines: TBD (the deadline for 2014 applications was Jan. 31, 2014)

Institute for Central American Development Studies
Summer Internship and Cultural Training Program
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis

National Science Foundation

  • The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by NSF. Some of the REU sites are located outside the U.S. For additional information, see the directory of REU sites grouped by focus area.
  • The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. For additional information, see the list of recently-awarded IRES projects.
  • Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. For more additional information, see the PIRE program page.

Organization for Tropical Studies
Undergraduate Program
Application Deadlines: Applications vary by opportunity; refer to the OTS website.

RWTH Aachen University
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
Application Deadline: January 31 (annually)

SRI International
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Short Training Program
Application Deadline: TBD (preference for 2013 applications was given to those submitted by April 31, 2013