Research Outside of the U.S.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Canada

Undergraduate Research with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Description:  Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) accepts applications from outstanding undergraduate students to carry out research projects which run each summer from May to mid-August. Successful applicants will work with Postdoctoral Fellows at PI on pre-selected projects. Successful applicants are expected to complete the projects on location at PI.

Location:  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Field:  Physics

Funding:  PI will provide desk space and a living allowance to the selected students. For students coming from outside of the Waterloo region, a travel allowance and accommodations may also be provided.

Europe

Multiple Locations

EuroScholars

Description:  Euroscholars is a semester-long study abroad program which combines research with coursework.  Students apply to join ongoing research projects. 

Location:  Belgium (Leuven University), Netherlands (Leiden University, Utrecht University, Universiteit van Amsterdam), Finland (University of Helsinki), Germany (Ruprecht Karls University, Ludwig-Maximilians University), Italy (Università degli Studi di Milano), Switzerland (University of Zurich, University of Geneva), Sweden (Lund University, Karolinska Insitutet)

Field:  Arts and Humanities, Performing Arts, Law, Economics, Management, Politics, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences

Eligibility:  Students are eligible to apply if they have a demonstrated background in the field of study and specialization of the research project in which they are interested, a GPA of 3.4 out of 4.0, and a strong interest in academic research.  Students applying for projects in the Natural Sciences must have laboratory experience.

Funding:  The cost of the Program is € 9.975 per semester, and includes tuition, bench fee, and cost of accommodation for the duration of the research period (one semester). The tuition fee also includes: a EuroScholars orientation program, a local orientation program, student ID-card, use of student facilities at the university (such as access to internet and access to libraries), and research facilities.  The cost of the program is the same at all institutions and for all research projects.  Not included in the fee are costs that vary per university and are related to the administrative processes such as residence permit applications. Applying students can enquire with the host university what the estimated amounts of these costs are.  Depending on the host country, an additional amount of approx. € 400-450 per month should be counted for. (Excluding Health Insurance and depending on the individual spending habits).  Some scholarships are available.

Germany

RWTH Aachen University Summer Internship Program

Description:  The ten-week Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program centers on a research internship in a lab or research facility at RWTH Aachen University, “one of Europe’s leading institutions for science and research.”  In addition to undertaking research projects, students study German in an intensive language course. 

Location:  Aachen, Germany            

Field:  Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Natural Sciences, IT, Engineering, Medicine; students interested in other research areas should contact the University’s International Office                 

Eligibility:  Students must be enrolled in North American universities and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Funding:  No tuition fees will be charged.  A small service fee of 50 EUR will be charged for administrative matters after you have been admitted to the program.  Due to the competitive nature of the program, not all applicants can be offered a project placement.  Some scholarships are available which will be awarded to students with an outstanding academic record (based on a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a letter of recommendation.)  The scholarships will amount to 1,850 EUR to cover the living expenses during your stay in Aachen.  We will notify you whether you have been considered for a scholarship by the end of February 2010. If you have not been considered for a scholarship you should put aside around 2,000 EUR for your stay in Aachen.

Science and Engineering

South America, Asia, and Europe

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Description:  PIRE supports undergraduates interested in researching cyberinfrastructure, defined by PIRE as “networked computing infrastructure and resources on which we build technologies, tools and applications that benefit society; these applications range through business, government, people’s life, entertainment, etc. For example, the Internet is a critical part of the global cyber-infrastructure.”

Location:  Mexico, Argentina, Spain, China, India, France, and Germany             

Field:  Science, Computer Science, Engineering

Eligibility:  Any science or engineering student interested in cyberinfrastructure may apply, though students with strong academic qualifications (high GPAs) and research experience are more likely to be accepted into the program.

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South America

Brazil

The University of Pittsburgh’s International Research Experience for Students Program

Description:  The twelve-week program offers research experience to undergraduate engineering students who are interested in sustainability. 

Location:  San Paulo, Brazil and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Field:  Engineering

Eligibility:  Students must be pursuing a BS in engineering, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree, and be interested in both sustainable design and interdisciplinary and cross-cultural experience. 

Funding:

Asia

Japan

Summer Nanotechnology Study Program

Description:  NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (IREU) is a twelve-week summer program that selects sixteen freshman and sophomore science and engineering students to complete a research internship in nanotechnology in Japan.

Location:  Tokyo, Japan

Field:  Science and Engineering

Eligibility:  Applicants must be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student at a US institution of higher education; currently in the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year; in good academic standing and not currently under any academic or other disciplinary action at their home university; and able to express a demonstrated interest in the field of nanotechnology as it relates to nanoscale semiconductor devices, nanophotonics, and carbon nanotubes.  All eligible students with a strong interest in the field of physics-related nanotechnology research and desire to study in Japan are encouraged to apply. Women, underrepresented groups, and students from schools with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply. Community college students who plan to matriculate to a four-year university and major in physics or engineering are also strongly encouraged to apply.  International students on a valid student visa to a US college or university are eligible to apply though strong preference must be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Funding: In lieu of a program fee particpants will be required to enroll in the Rice Summer School for at least 1 or up to 2 academic research credits and pay applicable tuition and application fees. Costs covered by the NanoJapan program include: lodging and daily breakfast at Sanuki Club hotel in Tokyo during the three-week orientation; instructor and course costs related to the Introduction to Nanotechnology, Introduction to Japanese Culture and Intensive Japanese language classes during three-week orientation in Tokyo, some cultural excursions and special events (i.e. Sumo Tournament, Kamakura Day Trip, Nikko Overnight Trip, etc.); lodging in Kyoto, Japan for the Mid-Program Meeting; Origin Japanese Traditional Arts workshop during Mid-Program Meeting; airport shuttle to/from IAH for international flight departure and arrival, Lodging and meals in Houston and program activities for the Pre-Departure Orientation, the Re-entry Program, and participation in the RQI Symposium.  Due to NSF-PIRE funding participants will also receive a stipend of up to $3,500* that will be used towards their international airfare, lodging, meals, and other required expenses during their International Research Experience.

Europe

Multiple Locations

EuroScholars

Description:  Euroscholars is a semester-long study abroad program which combines research with coursework.  Students apply to join ongoing research projects. 

Location:  Belgium (Leuven University), Netherlands (Leiden University, Utrecht University, Universiteit van Amsterdam), Finland (University of Helsinki), Germany (Ruprecht Karls University, Ludwig-Maximilians University), Italy (Università degli Studi di Milano), Switzerland (University of Zurich, University of Geneva), Sweden (Lund University, Karolinska Insitutet)

Field:  Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Performing Arts, Law, Economics, Management, Politics, and Social Studies

Eligibility:  Students are eligible to apply if they have a demonstrated background in the field of study and specialization of the research project in which they are interested, a GPA of 3.4 out of 4.0, and a strong interest in academic research.  Students applying for projects in the Natural Sciences must have laboratory experience.

Funding:  The cost of the Program is € 9.975 per semester, and includes tuition, bench fee, and cost of accommodation for the duration of the research period (one semester). The tuition fee also includes: a EuroScholars orientation program, a local orientation program, student ID-card, use of student facilities at the university (such as access to internet and access to libraries), and research facilities.  The cost of the program is the same at all institutions and for all research projects.  Not included in the fee are costs that vary per university and are related to the administrative processes such as residence permit applications. Applying students can enquire with the host university what the estimated amounts of these costs are.  Depending on the host country, an additional amount of approx. € 400-450 per month should be counted for. (Excluding Health Insurance and depending on the individual spending habits).  Some scholarships are available.

Austria

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Young Scientists Summer Program

Description:  ASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. From June through August accepted participants work within the Institute’s Research Programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. The YSSP provides a unique opportunity for participants to advance their research under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist, and at the same time contribute to IIASA’s ongoing scientific agenda;broaden their research interests by working in IIASA’s interdisciplinary and international research environment; and build contacts with IIASA’s worldwide network of collaborators and with other YSSP fellows.

Location:               

Field:  Science

Eligibility:  Applicants from all countries are welcome.  Although IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a National Member Organization, a limited number of applicants from non-NMO countries are accepted each year and in very exceptional cases funding is provided.  To be eligible for the Program applicants should meet the following criteria: research experience corresponding to a level typical of a researcher about two years prior to receiving a PhD or equivalent degree; a summer research proposal that clearly fits (i) the research agenda of a selected IIASA program, (ii) the research objectives of the candidate and (iii) the corresponding background and skills of the applicant; an ability to work independently as well as to interact with other scientists; fluency in English and the ability to communicate in a scientific environment; and a willingness to actively participate in a broad range of interdisciplinary scientific activities at IIASA.

Funding:  IIASA does not charge a tuition fee.  Participants are expected to cover all expenses associated with their stay at IIASA from their grant.  These expenses include:  three months rent; meals; local transportation; expenses for any accompanying dependents; and health insurance.  The amount of €1,310 per month is recommended to cover local costs.  Travel expenses from and to the home institution are covered by the NMO in addition to the local costs.

France

Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Internships

Description:  The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program provides US undergraduates interested in biomedical science with the opportunity to conduct research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

Location:  Paris, France

Field:  Biomedical Science

Eligibility:  Students must be U.S. citizens, undergraduates with an excellent academic record and a strong interest

in biosciences and biomedical research (prior lab experience is highly recommended), have completed three full years (six semesters) of college course work by the time the internship commences, and not have received an undergraduate degree at the time of application.  The program recommends applicants know French or be will to learn it.

Funding:  Interns receive $400 per week.  The program does not cover travel or housing, but provides a $500 subsidy to defray travel costs.

Germany

RWTH Aachen University Summer Internship Program

Description:  The ten-week Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program centers on a research internship in a lab or research facility at RWTH Aachen University, “one of Europe’s leading institutions for science and research.”  In addition to undertaking research projects, students study German in an intensive language course. 

Location:  Aachen, Germany            

Field:  Natural Sciences, IT, Engineering, Medicine, Sociology, Psychology, Economics; students interested in other research areas should contact the University’s International Office                 

Eligibility:  Students must be enrolled in North American universities and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Funding:  No tuition fees will be charged.  A small service fee of 50 EUR will be charged for administrative matters after you have been admitted to the program.  Due to the competitive nature of the program, not all applicants can be offered a project placement.  Some scholarships are available which will be awarded to students with an outstanding academic record (based on a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a letter of recommendation.)  The scholarships will amount to 1,850 EUR to cover the living expenses during your stay in Aachen.  We will notify you whether you have been considered for a scholarship by the end of February 2010. If you have not been considered for a scholarship you should put aside around 2,000 EUR for your stay in Aachen.

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Description:  RISE enables undergraduate student to spend two to three months during the summer working with research groups at universities and top research institutions in Germany.  RISE interns assist doctoral students.

Location:               

Field:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, Engineering, or a closely related field

Eligibility:  Students must be enrolled at a university or college in the U.S., Canada, or the UK as a full-time student; have completed at least two years of a degree program by the time the RISE begins; prove that he/she will be registered in the fall; and major in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field.                 

Funding:  Students chosen for the program will receive 650 Euro monthly and a one-time award of 150 Euro for travel within Germany.  The program will provide health insurance and accident and personal/private liability insurance, but will not cover the cost of international travel.

Engineering Internships in Hannover and Clausthal

Description:  The Universities of Hannover and Clausthal, two of the best known universities of technology in Germany, offer a joint eight-week internship-program for engineering students who wish to gain experience in research.

Location:  Hannover and Clausthal, Germany

Field:  Engineering

Eligibility:  Any student majoring in engineering

Funding:  There is a fee of 2,500 Euros which includes placement in a research facility, a language course, transportation to and from Hanover airport, transportation between Hannover and Clausthal, rent (dorm/host family), insurance (medical, liability, accident, and repatriation), mandatory field trips, and welcome and farewell dinners.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) Summer Research Program

Description:  The Program enables astronomy students (graduate or advanced under-graduate) to spend the summer (10-12 weeks) at the Dwingeloo Observatory, conducting astronomical research under the supervision of ASTRON and JIVE staff members.  Possible topics of study include radio galaxies and quasars, aspects of observational cosmology, continuum and line emission/absorption from normal and starbust galaxies, faint radio sources, pulsars, molecular clouds,cosmic magnetism, as well as working with LOFAR data from the first stations.  The actual project the successful candidate will work on will be defined after arrangement with the local supervisor.                 

Location:  Dwingeloo, the Netherlands

Field:  Astronomy                

Funding:  The research grants will provide successful candidates with accommodation in the locality of the Observatory, a modest stipend for up to three months, and full travel reimbursement.