Study Abroad: STEM Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in the United States for Undergraduate 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 Study America Undergraduate Program offers Degree and Non-Degree Programs to non-U.S. secondary school seniors or recent graduates from participating countries. Candidates must not be U.S. citizens and must be completing their final year of secondary school. Candidates who are currently enrolled in first or second year college or university students who are interested to transfer to an American institution and complete their bachelor’s degree in the U.S can also apply.

Agencies Involved: The Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Check website for updated and additional information.


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 Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (formerly Brazil Science without Borders) is a scholarship administered by the Institute for International Education to Undergraduate students from Brazil for one year of study at colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships are given primarily to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students in the program will return to Brazil to complete their degrees.   

Must be citizens of Brazil. Must be currently attending college or university in Brazil.

Agencies Involved: The Institute for International Education (IIE), Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), the Brazilian Ministry of Education, and CNPq (Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology)

Key Dates: Application process is closed. Check website for updated 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 Work & Travel USA program provides international undergraduates the ability to work and study in the US. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, and registered as a full-time student enrolling in degree/diploma programs at least two years’ duration.

Agencies Involved: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

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


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.