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

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 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.


Cochran Fellowship Program provides participants from middle-income countries, emerging markets, and emerging democracies with high-quality training to improve their local agricultural systems and strengthen and enhance trade links with the United States. Participants are mid- and senior-level Professionals from both the public and private sectors who are concerned with agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy, and marketing.

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

Key Dates: Recruitment typically occurs between December and March each year. Check website for updated information. 


The Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program supports international exchanges to promote agricultural development and economic growth by offering opportunities for US teams of up to 5 members to initiate linkages with potential long-term collaborators at Chinese institutions throughout the People's Republic of China (PRC).

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

Key Dates: Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines. Check website for updated information.


The USDA’s Scientific Cooperation Research Program supports agriculture professionals focused on improving agricultural productivity, creating sustainable agricultural systems, and building regional or global trade capacity. Researchers are given up to two years to complete an individual project. Proposals may be submitted by international universities or institutions with campuses in the US, or by researchers currently holding positions at US institutions.

Agencies Involved: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service.

Key Dates: Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines. Check website for updated information.


The Senior Internship (ESN) Program aims to encourage researchers to develop research projects at foreign institution for a 3-6 month period. Candidates must qualify for placement as a Level 1 Researcher with CNPq, and must agree to a latency period of two years between internship and subsequent occupation

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 Fulbright Chair in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln is intended for Brazilian researchers and teachers having completed doctoral degrees before 2008, with 10 years of professional experience in the area qualified. The program brings researchers to Lincoln for a period of 4 months to carry out research projects in the Agricultural Sciences.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Commission- Brazil

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

The Fulbright Chair in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Austin, Texas is intended for Brazilian researchers and teachers having completed doctoral degrees before 2008, with 10 years of professional experience in the area qualified. The program brings researchers to Austin for a period of 4 months to carry out research projects in the Agricultural Sciences.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Commission- Brazil

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


The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to Post-doctoral lecturers and researchers for 6-12-month visits to U.S. institutions in order to conduct enrichment seminars. 

Candidates must have completed doctoral degree or equivalent professional training at the time of application and must be permanent residents of the country from which they apply.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Commission- Brazil

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


The following programs support the research and teaching of scholars visiting colleges and universities in the United States. These programs offer joint collaborative opportunities with U.S. Scholars for a period of 3-10 months. Candidates must be U.K. citizens and hold or expect to receive a PhD at the time of application.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission

Key Dates: Application deadlines is November 15, 2014.


The Action on Hearing Loss Research Award is distributed each year to up to 3 academics or professionals in order to pursue research for a period of 3-12 months into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing impairment. Candidates must be U.K. citizens and hold or expect to receive a PhD at the time of application.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission and Deafness Research UK

Key Dates: The competition for awards is now closed. Check website for updated information. 


The Diabetes UK. Research Award is distributed each year to one individual with the intention of providing support for a 3-12 month for investigations of that individual into the clinical or biomedical aspects of diabetes.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission and Diabetes UK

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


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.


The CAPES AEX Program is intended for doctors attending scientific events abroad in order to highlight international visibility of science and technological developments made within their home country. The Program supports these visits by providing funds for 1 month duration. Candidates must hold a PhD degree.

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

Key Dates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Next event registration is July 1-30, 2014 for the Event Period of November 1-30, 2014.


The CAPES Strategic Program provides grants for overseas training in fields carrying a scientific strategic nature. Applicants must be residents of Brazil, and must have been previously approved for candidacy by CAPES.

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

Key Dates: Application varies by scholarship – check the Guidelines for Jobs and specific Calendar. Applications must be made three months in advance of the commencement of activities abroad.


The Training Abroad (SPE) Program is aimed to support the participation of researchers, specialists, and technicians in development activities through 4-12-month internships and courses. Candidates must be residents of Brazil.

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 USDA Visiting Scientists Program provides the opportunity for foreign researchers to engage in collaborative research with scientists from the Agricultural Research Service and other USDA agencies. Candidates can choose between short-term (1-2 weeks) and long-term (up to 5 years) visits, as well as to participate in technical workshops, meetings, and conferences.

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

Key Dates: Check website for additional and updated information.


The Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP) promotes international cooperation through the exchange of defense scientists and engineers (S&E). The program affords opportunities for U.S. military and civilian engineer and scientist personnel to work on-site in allied and friendly countries. Tours run for a period of 1-2 years, and can be preceded by a 6-month language training course. Candidates must have completed a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) field, and have relative experience. Currently, DoD has signed ESEP agreements with Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Agencies Involved: US Air Force, US Department of Defense

Key Dates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Check program website for updated information.


The Senior Internship (ESN) Program aims to encourage researchers to develop research projects at foreign institution for a 3-6 month period. Candidates must qualify for placement as a Level 1 Researcher with CNPq, and must agree to a latency period of two years between internship and subsequent occupation

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 Training Abroad (SPE) Program is aimed to support the participation of researchers, specialists, and technicians in development activities through 4-12-month internships and courses. Candidates must be residents of Brazil.

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 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program distributes up to 200 awards annually, providing professional academics with 10 months of non-degree study in the US. Fellows are placed at 18 Program-approved US institutions. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree and a minimum of five years of substantial, full-time, professional experience. Candidates must submit applications from Program-approved countries.

Agencies Involved: The US-UK Fulbright Commission, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and The Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates:  Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country.


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 Graduate Scholarship Program provides Hungarian Graduate students the ability to pursue terminal designation degrees that lead to professional occupations, or for professional, post-Graduate, non-degree, certificate-granting programs at accredited American universities and colleges or certificate-granting institutions. 

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

Key Dates: Deadline for Spring Fellowships is October 15 the previous year; deadline for Fall Fellowships 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.