Funding For Overseas Study or Research

Office of Global Programs Fellowships


Graduate Studies

All Sciences:

Winston Churchill Foundation ScholarshipsThese scholarships fund graduate studies at Churchill College at Cambridge University for one year.  Graduating Seniors and recent Bachelor’s Degree holders in the sciences are eligible and Columbia is a participating university.

The criteria for the selection of Churchill Scholars include the following: 

  • Exceptional academic achievement in all disciplines, but especially in the major, as indicated by course grades (previous Scholars have had a GPA of at least 3.7 and usually have 3.9 or above)
  • A capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards and prizes and by letters of recommendation. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will show extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects.
  • Scores on the Graduate Record General Test
  • Outstanding personal qualities

The Churchill Scholarship is worth between $44,000 and $50,000, depending on the exchange rate.  It covers all University and College tuition and fees (currently about $25,000).  In addition, students receive a living allowance of £10,000 if enrolled in a nine-month academic program and £12,000 if enrolled in a full-year academic program.  They also receive an allowance of up to $1,000 for travel to and from the United Kingdom.  The Foundation also offers the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000; this grant may cover travel for presentations at international conferences, short stays at another university or institute for special research, and other activities.  Married students should consult with the Foundation about the possibility of additional support.

The deadline for the receipt of the application is early November (changes every year). 

Biomedical Engineering:

Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars ProgramThis scholarship is available to emerging bioengineers (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) at two levels.  A Fellow should have a BS or MS degree in biomedical engineering; the award will be approximately one academic year in length.  A Scholar should have a degree in biomedical engineering and a doctorate.  Awards can be for as little as one academic semester or as long as two years but are typically one academic year in length.  The Whitaker International Scholar award will be used to conduct postdoctoral work.   

Activities could include (but are not limited to):

  • Graduating seniors: Pursuing an academic year of study or research that leads to graduate study in BME, with the possible ability to transfer credit toward an advanced degree
  • Graduate students: Conducting study or research at an overseas institution with established ties to your home institution in order to build on an existing collaboration or initiating a new relationship between your home institution and an overseas institution through collaboration in the lab or in the classroom
  • At all pre-doctoral levels: Performing in-depth work in industry or policy-making (related to BME) through an internship assignment
  • During/After the PhD: Engaging in a culminating experience by conducting research to foster career opportunities and/or to link the US and international BME communities
  • Post-Doctoral: Pursuing pre-professional post-doctoral work at a leading overseas institution

The award covers travel, living expenses, and tuition for fellows (partial or full, depending on the host university).  Any international institution that offers an outstanding professional experience in biomedical engineering may serve as a host institution.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to select the host institution.

The application deadline changes each year but is usually in late January.  This award is managed by the Institute of International Education.

Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science or Mathematics:

Central Europe Summer Research Institute (CESRI) – This award is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is managed by the Institute of International Education.  It provides graduate students with a high-quality international research experience in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia.  The CESRI program will be 8 weeks in length, with the first 4 days spent as a group in Budapest, Hungary in a specially designed cultural and academic orientation to the region. Participants will spend the remaining 7.5 weeks working in individually-arranged placements in university labs or other appropriate sites where they can participate in creative research activities under the supervision of European mentors.  Award benefits include roundtrip international airfare to Central Europe, living costs (room and board) for 8 weeks, a fellowship award of $2,000, health and accident insurance and a four-day academic and cultural orientation in Budapest, Hungary.

Applications are due by late January and awards are announced in early April. 

Marshall ScholarshipsThese awards are open to US citizens who have graduated from their undergraduate degree in a US university no more than two years previously, to undertake study in any subject leading to a degree at a UK university.  Awards are made on a competitive basis and are for two years in the first instance, renewable for a third year in certain circumstances. The awards cover fares, tuition fees, maintenance costs, and book, thesis and travel allowances.

The application deadline is early October.  

Fulbright Scholarships – These awards are open to US graduate students and are made on a competitive basis for the academic year. They cover approved tuition fees and a maintenance allowance. Preference is usually given to applicants who:

  • Have undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the U.S. Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are integral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.
  • Have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months.

Deadline for online applications is circa October 15. See your Fulbright Program Advisor on campus for advice in applying for this scholarship. 

DAAD Study Scholarship - Graduating seniors (fourth-year students in Canada), graduate students, and recent graduates who have completed their Bachelor's degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline are welcome to apply. Graduate study scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for students completing a full degree program in Germany. Scholarships must take place during the German academic year (October  to July). A very limited number of scholarship holders who receive seven- to 24-month grants may be awarded a two-month language course grant. This language grant is decided upon by the independent selection committee and does not require a separate application. Monthly stipends are approximately €750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs. In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.

Applications must be postmarked by November 15.


Undergraduate Studies

Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad — This grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. GSF seeks to support a formative experience abroad for the recipient, who also must share this experience with others upon his or her return – ideally, with multiple audiences and varied media. We are particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages.
Applicants must be US citizens and currently enrolled full-time and in good academic standing in an accredited secondary or postsecondary institution. Among the most significant selection criteria are academic performance (as indicated in courses, grades, recommendations, and other achievements), program merit, and outreach potential.  Grant recipients will be expected to acknowledge GSF's support, to report on their experiences, and to work with GSF to share those experiences as widely as possible. 
To apply for this grant, please complete the online information form and submit the following materials by July 1:
  • A letter of application of no more than two pages that specifies your reasons for traveling, your intended program and schedule, how this particular grant can help you, and how you plan to share your experience with others upon your return;
  • A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae;
  • A transcript from the schools you have attended, including all post-secondary institutions;
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing your capacity to make the most of this experience while overseas and when you return, at least one of which must be from a recent academic instructor;
  • An official endorsement from your study abroad program or another institutional authority, indicating your travel and study plans, the anticipated dates, and its capacity and willingness to receive and process a grant for this purpose from another 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.
All materials should be submitted electronically (either as PDF files or Word documents) to  

NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates – The NanoJapan IREU is a twelve-week summer program that annually selects sixteen freshman and sophomore science and engineering students from US universities for nanotechnology research internships in Japanese university and government laboratories. This research internship program focuses on nanotechnology research as it relates to nanoscale semiconductor devices, nanophotonics, and carbon nanotubes and includes a three-week orientation program consists of three short courses including:

  • Introduction to Nanotechnology Seminar: This seminar has been developed to introduce students to the basic nanotechnology theories and concepts necessary to successfully carry-out their planned summer research project. Taught by NSF-PIRE faculty or graduate researchers from Rice University, the University of Florida, and/or Texas A&M University, this seminar series is supplemented by guest lectures by the lead professors from NanoJapan host research groups in the Tokyo-area.
  • Intensive Japanese Language Seminar: NanoJapan participants will complete 45 hours of small-group, intenstive Japanese langauge study. Taught by instructors from the Association for Japanese Language Teaching (AJALT), these lessons are designed to provide students with beginning Japanese-language skills with an emphasis on basic conversation for essential everyday situations. Students who have prior Japanese language experience will be placed into the appropriate intermediate or advanced language classes.
  • Introduction to Japanese Culture & Society Seminar:This seminar aims to provide students with an introduction to Japanese culture, society, and history through guest lectures, special events and activities, and company site visits.

Immediately following the three-week orientation program students travel to their Japanese research host laboratories to begin their summer research internship projects. During the research internship students conduct a hands-on nanotechnology research project that relates directly to the study of nanoscale semiconductor devices, nanophotonics, or carbon nanotubes.

All students receive a stipend of up to $3,500 funded by the NSF to partially cover their international airfare, living, and travel expenses. Group international airfare is arranged by Rice University and housing, typically in university dorms, is arranged by their hosting research labs in collaboration with the NanoJapan Program Representative in Japan.

The deadline for applications is January 31st.  In person or phone interviews will be held with all finalists in early March and notification of final status is given in early April. For further information, please visit

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship ProgramThis program offers scholarships for students with financial need who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:

  • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 28 days in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 28 consecutive days.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department's current Travel Warning list.
  • The applicant is studying in the fall, spring, or academic year terms including winter inter-sessions. Summer only programs are not eligible.

Over 1200 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded.  Online applications are due by early October.  

Barry M. Goldwater ScholarshipThis award is limited to US Citizens, national or resident aliens and students must be Sophomores or Juniors in the upper quarter of their class.  Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. Scholars may opt to study abroad, but their Goldwater funding will be based on their U.S. institution's budget. All candidates for scholarships are nominated by their college or university. The Foundation will not solicit or accept applications directly from candidates but will advise applicants as to the appropriate procedures.

Application deadlines are in early March.  

Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan - The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Applications for Bridging Scholarships are accepted twice a year – the first deadline is early October. 

John T. Petters Foundation - The Foundation looks to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to students:

1. with financial need
2. interested in studying in diverse countries
3. interested in study programs that emphasize cultural immersion
4. displaying accomplishments that indicate leadership, character, integrity and motivation

The online application is due by the end of September.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship - DAAD provides scholarships to undergraduate students of American and Canadian universities to pursue study, research, internship or other academic activity in Germany. Students participating in established study abroad programs as well as those wishing to study independently are eligible. Open to all majors. Average Amount per Award: $3,700-8,200. The award includes: tuition, travel expenses, living expenses, research expenses, health insurance, stipend.

Applications are due by the end of January. 

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) – Eight awards are made each year to students spending a semester or a full academic year at a UK university member of BUTEX. University College London and Imperial College are both members.

Application information, forms and requirements are posted in January each year.

John C. Phelan General Course ScholarshipsSponsored by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Three Awards are made per year for all fields of study. The scholarship is available for study on the one year study abroad General Course Program and is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The average amount per award is £7,000.

The application deadline is mid-April and you must download and complete an application form from the Financial Aid Support Office of LSE. By completing this form, you will ensure that you receive consideration for this and any other award(s) which you meet the eligibility criteria for. Applicants must be American nationals and currently living in the USA.

DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) – North American undergraduate students are given the opportunity for a summer research internship in their field at a German university. Students are matched with a German doctoral degree student for a research assistant position in their lab.

Applications are due in late January.

HSP Talenten Programma - The HSP Huygens program is open to students from all countries of the world. It is aimed at talented students who want to come to the Netherlands in the final phase of their bachelor’s studies or during their master’s studies. Study can include research and/or practical training. The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science has made four million euros available for international students coming to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens program. 

Applications are due near the end of January.  

The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman- ASIA) - The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provides information and financial assistance for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in East and Southeast Asia. Eligible countries are: Asia and Oceania, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. All fields of study are accepted. The average award is between $3,000 and $7,000 and includes tuition, travel expenses, living expenses, housing and health insurance.

Application Deadline: First Wednesday of March (for Summer Awards), First Wednesday of April (for Fall/Academic year Awards), Third Wednesday of October (for Spring/Early Academic Year Awards)

Students must submit an application online at

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship - To apply for a ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university/college
  • Be a graduate student or an undergraduate student who will have completed your sophomore year by the time the research stay in Switzerland begins
  • Provide a written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university that he/she will accept you for a research stay in his/her group

The ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship program provides a monthly scholarship of CHF 1,050 (approx. USD 1,000) for a period of 2 to 3 months (CHF 3,150 maximum), which covers two thirds of the average student’s living costs. By accepting this scholarship, you agree to participate in a blog to share your experiences during your research stay in Switzerland. After your return to the U.S. you also agree to carry out at least one activity as student “ambassador” to promote Swiss research. Half of the scholarship will be paid at the beginning and half at the end of your research stay, after your final report has been received. This program does not provide health, accident or liability insurance. Applicants must make sure that they have insurance coverage applicable for their stay in Switzerland.

While German, French or Italian language skills are not required for the research stay in Switzerland, knowledge of any of these languages would be helpful in daily life. The working language will generally be English. 

Application (pdf) (deadline: March 31, 2010)
Please send the following documents by e-mail to the contact address below:

  • Cover letter, including information about your educational and professional background, goals for your research stay in Switzerland, why you have chosen that particular Swiss university, give one reason why you would make an excellent student “ambassador” and suggest an activity with which you could promote Swiss research at your U.S. university
  • Résumé
  • Letter of acceptance by a professor at a Swiss university into his/her research group
  • A current official university/college transcript
  • A letter of reference from a senior academic in your field of study


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