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IIE-GIRE (Graduate International Research Experiences) Fellowship

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the IIE-GIRE (Graduate International Research Experiences) program, a grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support doctoral engineering students to conduct innovative research abroad for 3 to 5 months.

This year, up to 15 U.S. PhD candidates will be funded to spend 3 to 5 months abroad, conducting innovative research and creating ties between their home and host institution. Awards will include funding that will go towards the students' international travel and living stipend (for 3-5 months abroad), health insurance, visa fees, and a small fund for educational materials. In addition, each student's home campus faculty adviser will receive $2,000 to help support their own travel to the research site abroad to visit their student, or for other relevant activities to support internationalization of home campus graduate programs.

Eligible fields include all recognized engineering fields including but not limited to:

  • Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical/Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Material Sciences and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science PhD candidates will be considered if the program is within the home institution’s Engineering School.

Last updated: April, 2019

Fields of Study:

  • Engineering


  • Africa
  • Asia & Pacific
  • Europe
  • South America

Program Type:

  • Research
  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • 3-5 months


  • May 31 

Degree Level:

  • Graduate


  • $1,500 USD to be used for flight and any VISA-related fees + $2,100 USD per month, with a max sum of $12,000 USD