IREU | Details on Research Outside the U.S.


To receive the full ACS IREU positions in Germany, Italy, Singapore, or the UK students must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be enrolled full-time in a chemistry, materials science, biochemistry, or chemical engineering program at a U.S. university or college
  • Have one semester or summer of prior experience working in a research laboratory outside of normal coursework
  • Be a rising junior or senior by the end of the program with at least one semester of enrollment remaining after the summer
  • Please note that membership in ACS is not a judgement criteria and all students, regardless of membership status, are welcome to apply

Financial Consideration

Students selected for IREU positions in Germany or in Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom will receive the following considerations and compensations in exchange for their involvement:

  • A US$4,000 stipend payable in two installments
  • Roundtrip international airfare and local transport from the airport to your host university or institute
  • Housing reimbursement for your on-campus living quarters (arrangements made by your summer host institution)
  • A pre-departure orientation in April in Washington, D.C.
  • A trip to the spring 2016 ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA to present the results of your research
  • A language training allowance
  • International medical insurance coverage

Student Responsibilities and Expectations

In exchange for the IREU award, students must:

  • Work full-time (40 hours/week) in the laboratory
  • Submit a full scientific report on the research results to ACS
  • Prepare an abstract and poster (or oral presentation) at the Spring ACS national meeting
  • Maintain communication with the ACS program management throughout the full stay abroad
  • Complete entrance, exit, and alumni surveys from ACS as requested

IREU Calendar

January 15 - Applications are due
March 31 - Decisions are announced (latest date)
April 24-26 - Pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC 
May 26 - Example project starting date (flexibility exists to shift)
August 4 - Example 10-week project end date (flexibility exists to shift)
October 31 - Student reports finalized
November 30 - Poster/Oral abstracts for ACS meeting due
March 22-26 - ACS 2015 National Meeting in San Diego, CA