Study Abroad: STEM Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in the United States for Graduate Students

Fellowship Programs for Graduate Students

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Sciences Foundation (NSF) work together to support PEER Science, a grant program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators. Candidates must be based in PEER-eligible countries.

Agencies involved: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Sciences Foundation (NSF)

Key dates: Application deadline has passed. Check website for updated information.


The Biomedical Sciences Exchange Program (BMEP) aims to maintain biomedical scientific and educational exchange in between North America and Europe. Candidates must be graduate students of biomedicine at the graduate and post-doctoral level.

Agencies Involved: International Academy of Life Sciences (IALS)

Key Dates: Application for Academic and Trainee Program Year has passed. Applications for internships are due six months before desired starting date. 


The aim of the Graduate Abroad Sandwich (SWG) Program is to provide a scholarship for an undergraduate student enrolled in Brazil to study abroad. Candidate must be a Brazilian citizen or permanent resident. Candidates must be formally enrolled in a higher education institution.

Agencies Involved: National Research Council (CNPq)

Key Dates: Schedule 3: Registration - Until August 22, 2014; Trial - October 2014; Result - Until November 28, 2014; and Entry into Force – Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun 2015. Check website for updated and additional information.


The IAESTE Internship Placement Program provides students with training and employers with trainees for long- or short-term stays. Length of stay can range from 8-12 weeks (summer placement) to longer stays during the academic year. Candidates must be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs between the ages of 19-30. Applications must be submitted through IAESTE country offices

Agencies Involved: International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).

Key Dates: Application deadlines are Sept-Dec each year for the following year.


The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for a minimum one year Masters or PhD level study. Candidates must have completed doctoral degree or equivalent professional training by the time of application, and must be permanent residents of the country from which they apply.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Commission- Brazil, Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Application details and grant terms vary by country of citizenship and program. Potential applicants should consult individual country pages for program availability and contact information or see a list of current programs. 


The Norman E. Borlaug International Fellowship Program aims to promote food security and economic growth by increasing research to improve agricultural productivity. Fellows receive support for 6-12 weeks of training and research opportunities in order to strengthen agricultural practices through the development of new agricultural technologies. Candidates must be citizens of Borlaug-approved country, and must hold Master's degrees with 2 or more years of practical experience in a university, government, non-profit, or private agricultural research entity.

Agencies Involved: US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service

Key Dates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


This program supports short- and medium-term research internships abroad for recipients of fellowships provided by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). Candidates must have an ongoing fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the CI, MS, DD, DR, PD modalities. Candidates must be proficient in the language of the country where the research will be developed or in English. Specific requirements are listed as follows: Candidates for the Scientific Initiation (BEPE- IC) must be pursuing research projects at the undergraduate level. Funding is available for up to one year.

Agencies Involved: São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Key Dates: Applications accepted year-round.


The UNESCO-L'OREAL International Fellowships Programme is given to 15 women annually with the intent to exemplify the belief in supporting young female scientists. Winners are given the opportunity to conduct training and research conducive to on-going research projects at laboratories overseas for one year. Candidates must be no older than 35 and must be studying at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one of the following fields: life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology. Applications must be endorsed by The National Commission. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies Involved: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), L’Oreal

Key Dates: Check website for updated and additional information. 


Scholarships for Graduate Students

The Alistair Cooke Journalism Award is given to one graduate student per year seeking a Master's in Journalism. The winner of the award is provided funding for 1 year study abroad. Candidate must be a U.K. citizen and hold or expect to obtain a minimum level of 2:1 honors.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission, Elsevier

Key Dates: Application is closed. Check website for updated information. 


The All-Discipline Post-graduate student Program is offered to approximately 30 UK citizens each year for the first year of post-graduate or doctoral study, or for 'special student research' awards in the US. Candidates must be U.K. citizens who hold or expect a minimum level of 2:1 honors.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission

Key Dates: Applications for the 2014-15 academic year are now closed. Check website for updated information.


The CAPES Full PhD Abroad program aims to provide scholarships for Brazilian Master’s and PhD graduate student candidates for up to 4 years of training and research abroad.

Agencies Involved: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)

Key Dates: Application deadline has passed. Check website for updated information.


The CAPES PDSE is a scholarships program distributed to up to 3 students annually, and received over a 4-12-month period. The scholarship supports 12 months of study in the form of doctoral sandwich programs. Candidates must be Brazilian citizens, and must be enrolled in Graduate school at the time of applying

Agencies Involved: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


The Fight for Sight Research Award is offered to UK academics for a period of 9-12 months in order to pursue laboratory research toward the prevention of sight loss and treatment. Candidates must be UK citizens and hold or expect to receive a PhD.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission and Fight for Sight

Key Dates: Application deadline is November 1, 2014.


The Fulbright Commission has opened registration Doctoral Scholarship Programs in Science and Technology. The award is distributed to 40 candidates annually, the top 3 of whom will be chosen to participate in an international competition. Winners have access to scholarship funds for up to 36 months. Candidates must be Brazilian residents having completed Graduate studies before August 2012.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Commission- Brazil

Key Dates: Check website for additional and updated information.


The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program awards fellowships to women from developing economies to pursue PhD or post-doctoral studies in scientific fields at universities abroad. Candidates must be female citizens of a developing countries preparing for a PhD, or Post-doctoral study.

Agencies Involved: The Schlumberger Foundation

Key Dates: Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will open September 2014. Check website for updated information. 


The CIEE Internship USA Program and Professional Career Training USA Program provide students at the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional level with the ability to expand their scientific expertise at institutions in the US. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, and registered as a full-time student.

Agencies Involved: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Key Dates: Deadlines vary by internship, check website for additional information.


The HAESF Professional Internship Program provides Hungarian scientists the ability to participate in internships for periods of 6-12 months at American companies.

Agencies Involved: The Hungarian American Enterprise Scholarship Fund (HAESF)

Key Dates: Application deadline for Spring Internships is October 15 of the previous year. Application deadline for Fall Internships is April 1 of the same year.


The Entrepreneurship Development Program grants fully funded four- to six-month traineeships at prominent American companies to the most accomplished young talent from Hungary. Selected participants will be placed in traineeships that further their professional and personal development, provide them with leadership and entrepreneurial acumen, improve their English language acquisition, and help them grow their businesses as they return to their home country.

Agencies Involved: The Hungarian American Enterprise Scholarship Fund (HAESF)

Key Dates: Application deadlines for Spring Traineeships are September 15 of the previous year; Fall Traineeships are due February 15 of the same year.


Smithsonian Institution Molecular Evolution Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Fellowship Program offers post-doctoral academics the opportunity to conduct research at the Smithsonian Institute for a period of 12-24 months. Applicants must have completed or be near completion of their PhD.

Agencies Involved: The Smithsonian Institute

Key Dates: Application deadline has passed. Check website for updated information.