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 September 2013


Fight for Sight Research Award

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 15, 2013


Cochran Fellowship Program

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.

Program participation is open to the staff of agribusinesses, government departments, universities, and other agricultural organizations.  In their own countries, applicants may be managers, technicians, scientists, professors, administrators, or policy makers

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

Key Dates: The Cochran Fellowship Program (CFP) offers short-term training opportunities, most ranging from 1-3 weeks, depending on the objectives of the program.

Recruitment typically occurs between December and March each year. 


Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program

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: 2 weeks


Scientific Cooperation Research Program

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: In general, candidates will be notified within 2 months of proposal submission. Check website for updated information on schedule for 2013.


CNPq Senior Internship - ESN

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: Check website for updated information.


Fulbright Chair in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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: Check website for updated information.


Fulbright Chair in Environment at the University of Texas, Austin

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: Check website for updated information.


Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

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: Application deadline August 1, 2014.


All-discipline Scholar Awards

The All-discipline Scholar Awards Program distributes approximately 5 grants each year to academics and professionals from the U.K. in order to undertake lecture or research 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 deadline November 15 for programs beginning summer 2013. Check website for updated information.


Deafness Research UK Award

The Deafness Research U.K. 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: Application deadline November 15 for programs beginning summer 2013. Check website for updated information.


Diabetes UK Research Award

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: Application deadline November 15, 2013


Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program

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 an university, government, non-profit, or private agricultural research entity.

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

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


Foreign Guest Researcher Program

The Foreign Guest Researcher Program supports scientists looking to work collaboratively with scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST.

Agencies Involved: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) Support Program Events Abroad (PAEX)

The CAPES PAEX 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, with approval for enrollment taking place 9 months after submission.


Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) Strategic Program DPB and DRI

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: Varies per project


CNPq Training Abroad - SPE

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: Check website for updated information.


Visiting Scientist Program (VSP)

The Visiting Scientist Program (VSP) supports short-term visits of international scientists for the purposes of: (1) planning cooperative science and technology programs with researchers at the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE), (2) identifying and discussing outstanding science and technology issues, and (3) maintaining ONRG connection with the international scientific community. Candidates must have NATO Commercial and Governmental Entity (NCAGE) Code in order to submit application.

Agencies Involved: Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) 

Key Dates: Requests should be received at least 8 weeks in advance of the proposed visit


Visiting Scientists Program

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 updated information.


Collaborative Science Program (CSP) 

The Collaborative Science Program (CSP) provides financial support for international scientists to attend workshops and/or conferences abroad. Scientists may be allowed to participate in: (1) : (1) planning cooperative science and technology programs with researchers at the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE), (2) identifying and discussing outstanding science and technology issues, and (3) maintaining ONRG connection with the international scientific community. Candidates must have NATO Commercial and Governmental Entity (NCAGE) Code in order to submit application.

Agencies Involved: Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) 

Key Dates: Proposals accepted between 12 weeks to one year before target conference


Naval International Cooperative Opportunities in Science and Technology Program (NICOP)

Naval International Cooperative Opportunities in Science and Technology Program (NICOP) provide seed funding when ONR headquarters (or other organizations within the NRE) commit to year-out program funding. The program was established to encourage international science and technology cooperation.

Agencies Involved: Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) 

Key Dates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP)

The Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP) promotes international cooperation through the 12-month exchange of defense scientists and engineers. Candidates must apply from an ESEP-approved country (Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, or the United Kingdom)

Agencies Involved: Department of Defense

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


Internship / Training Abroad - BSP

The Internship/Training Abroad (BSP) Program supports the participation of members of project teams in technological events, internships, tours and short courses abroad for periods of up to 90 days.

Agencies Involved: National Research Council (CNPq)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

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: Check website for updated information.


International Visitor Program

The International Visitor Program invites international officials, researchers, specialists and students to participate in tours, meetings, conferences, workshops, ongoing research projects, and technical consultations with the US Forest Service.

Agencies Involved: US Forest Service

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


Internship USA and Professional Career Training USA

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: Check website for updated information.


HAESF Senior Leaders and Scholars Fellowship program

The HAESF Senior Leaders and Scholars Fellowship program provide scientists from Hungary the ability to pursue positions in business, public administration, non-profit organizations and academia abroad for periods of 3-12 months. Candidates must hold a PhD degree, or have at least 5 years professional experience.

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

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


HAESF's Executive Education program

The HAESF's Executive Education program provide Hungarian students at the graduate and professional level the ability to pursue educational programs in business, public administration, non-profit organizations and academia abroad for periods of 3-12 months at Harvard University. Candidates should hold a master's degree, and have at least 4 years professional experience.

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

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.