Research-Based Internship and Fellowship Options

American Chemical Society, International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU)

U.S. chemical and materials science students may apply for a summer research opportunity in Germany, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom through the ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) program.  Approximately 15+ students are chosen to participate in the 10-12 week summer program.  Students receive a $4,000 stipend and airfare/housing compensation, as well as an outbound orientation session in Washington DC, language training, medical insurance, and more. Interested students are encouraged to learn more about the IREU program's eligibility, financials, and expectations.  The application is usually available in October or November and the deadline is usually in January.


American Physical Society & Sociedade Braileira de Fisica Brazil-US Exchange Program

The Sociedade Brasileira de Física (SBF) and the American Physical Society (APS) sponsor an exchange program for physics Ph.D. students in the United States and Brazil.  Through this program, Ph.D. students in the United States and Brazil can apply for funds to travel to the other country to pursue a breadth of opportunities in physics. Students may work with a professor or laboratory on research or undertake another responsibility that the applicant and host believe is worthy of travel support.  Grants are for up to USD $3,000.


American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) for graduate students to pursue research in one or more Scandinavian country. Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay.  Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.  Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.



Amgen Scholars Program in Japan


Hosted by the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, this eight-week paid research internship is open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and returning seniors).  Due to the shorter length, GT students will only be able to register for the nine-credit GIP course.

  • The University of Tokyo looks for undergraduates committed to or who are considering a career in biology or related sciences.   They prefer students with biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences. Research projects are submitted by faculty members belonging to the Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Institute of Industrial Science.
  • Kyoto University will accept undergraduate students at 22 research laboratories within six faculties: Engineering, Biostudies, Medicine, Science, Agriculture, and Global Environmental Studies. Research fields include Molecular Medicine, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Microbiology, Bioengineering, Chemistry, and Quantum Dynamics.


blueEnery Global Leadership Program

The GLP gives participants the opportunity to explore blueEnergy’s award-winning community development model, apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations, grow personally and professionally, and create local impact. Participants live, work, and explore alongside a diverse team of other participants, local staff, partners, and Nicaraguan community beneficiaries.  In addition to project work, the GLP consists of an in-country orientation, a homestay, cooking lessons, dance lessons, Spanish lessons, reflection sessions, and exploration travel. For more information, see flyer.

Fellowship Focus Areas: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Renewable Energy, and Climate Change. Full program (8 weeks cost $7500) and condensed (4 weeks cost $4500) available over the summer. Application for 2017 program is January 31, 2017. Apply here!


Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctoral students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4-9 months. Chateaubriand fellows receive a stipend, a round trip ticket to France and health insurance.  Opportunities are available for STEM students, as well as those in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) / German Academic Exchange Service is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. DAAD offers programs and funding for students, represents the German higher education system abroad, promotes Germany as an academic and research destination, and helps build ties between institutions around the world.

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) arranges paid summer internships for North American undergraduates to help German doctoral candidates with research projects at German universities. 


EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) Research Internship Program

EPFL, located in Lausanne, Switzerland, enables students to choose between a three, four or six month internship in research laboratories from all five schools of EPFL, starting in May every year. Successful and selected students obtain a prestigious Scholarship of Excellence which enables them to cover the main costs of living as well as some of the travelling expenses.

Students interested in a semester exchange program, can consider starting or ending with semester studies in one of the specializations at EPFL before or after having undertaken a research internship program. International students speak English on campus and in the laboratories whilst French is the official spoken language in this part of Switzerland. Internships may take place in the following schools: School of Computer and Communication Sciences; School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics); School of Basic Sciences; School of Engineering; School of Life Sciences.


Industrial Technology Research Institute

Each summer ITRI hosts about 30 international students for internships of 2-3 months. ITRI also offers a limited number of longer internships of 4-6 months during Spring, Summer, and Fall.  This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at accredited colleges and universities. Accepted interns MUST be able to provide documentary evidence from the university of student status during the entire period of the internship. Candidates must hold a valid passport from a country other than Taiwan (ROC). Click here for more information.


KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) Visting Research Scholar Program

The Visiting Student Researcher(VSR) Program is for students who are currently enrolled in or taking a leave of absence from universities outside of South Korea and who wish to conduct research in one of KAIST’s laboratories for less than a year. This program does not provide any credit during the research period, but can be registered with Georgia's Tech GIP program. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 1 year full-time study at their home university, GPA of 3.0 or better, and are interested in doing a research at a KAIST laboratory in South Korea. Students must contact KAIST laboratories of interest and have received official permission from the professor who is in charge of the KAIST laboratory.


McGill Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering

Within the Faculty’s various research facilities and labs, students work closely with academic researchers and graduate students on a specified project for a period of 16 weeks in the summer months. To enhance the SURE experience, a number of workshops are designed to expose students to the variety of research activities across the Faculty, and to teach them how to construct and present their research findings. At the end of the program, SURE students participate in the Research Poster Presentation, where they present their research conclusions to a panel of referees, faculty members, parents, peers, staff, our industrial partners and donors, and the McGill community.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.


NanoJapan IREU: International Research Experience for Undergraduates

Nakatani RIES, formerly known as NanoJapan, is a 12-week, summer research internship in Japan in science and engineering that is open to freshman and sophomore engineering students.  Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  They must have a 3.0 GPA and be able to express a demonstrated interest in science and engineering research and future graduate study.  Research Hosts in Japan for 2016 are particularly well-suited to physics, electrical engineering, and materials science majors. Students in other science or engineering disciplines are eligible to apply but should be able to express a demonstrated interest in the research areas/fields of one or more potential host labs.


National Science Foundation (NSF)

The NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) supports programs to develop international research and education opportunities for U.S. scientists and engineers.  They have are multiple research-based opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students worldwide.  Most opportunities are funded.


Nanyang Technological University

Visiting students have the opportunity to do research in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Singapore has invested heavily in research and innovation, and provides the ideal setting for you to hone your undergraduate and postgraduate research skills. With the advances NTU has made and will continue to make in science and technology, the stage is set for you to play an important part in creating a better tomorrow. They are responsible for independently finding their research topic and supervisor in the area of interest here to establish a relationship. The professors will need to approve the research internship and provide confirmation of hosting you in their lab.

*Undergraduates participating in our exchange study programme can also consider combining study (of one to two courses only) with an element of research to complement the Asian study abroad experience.


Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Research Internship Program

OIST offers undergraduate and graduate students placements as Research Interns.  These short term placements give talented students the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique.  They work under the direction of a Professor at OIST and contribute to the research activities of OIST.  Places for Research Interns are awarded four times a year on a competitive basis, with students applying typically six months in advance.  These paid internship placements are always between 2-6 months, typically 10-12 weeks.  OIST has launched 46 research units with research in five major areas: Neuroscience, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology; Mathematical and Computational Sciences; Environmental and Ecological Sciences; Physics; and Chemistry.


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC)

GT students can conduct a research-based internship at PUC in Santiago, Chile with a designated PUC faculty member for any number of months during any semester or combination thereof.  PUC is consistently ranked as one of the top ten universities in Latin America and is recognized for its notable alumni, as well as international collaborations.  These are unpaid internships.  For more information on the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and for eligibility requirements, please contact


RIKEN Brain Science Institute Summer Program

The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (RIKEN BSI), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced (graduate) students interested in brain function.  Interns will participate in a two-month laboratory internship within a RIKEN BSI laboratory. Due to the shorter length, GT students will only be able to register for the nine-credit GIP course.  Typically, around 45 international students are accepted to the Summer Program each year. Attendees have wide-ranging academic backgrounds and are usually enrolled in graduate courses, or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. However, candidates holding other positions are encouraged to apply.

Attendees usually reside on/near the RIKEN campus, where they have ample opportunity to interact with invited lecturers, other attendees and RIKEN BSI researchers. Students unable to provide their own financial support will be considered for travel and accommodation bursaries provided by RIKEN BSI.


SENS Research Foundation- SRF Summer Scholars Program at Oxford University

The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's Disease. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers. Students participating in the program will hone their writing skills via periodic reports, which are designed to emulate text scientists commonly must produce. At the end of the summer, students will have the opportunity to put all of their newly developed communication skills into practice at a student symposium.

Oxford Research Topics

  • Develop a novel machine learning based approach such as small molecule therapies, other biologics and potentially regressive medicines for predicting eventual success of early drug candidates with greater accuracy. This will require using statistical software such as R as well as develop a keen understanding of drug development process and skills applicable in almost any big data scenario. Some experience in statistics and R or similar software experience preferred. (Chas Bountra, PhD)
  • Permanent loss of cardiac tissue results from a heart attach. Novel strategies targeting cells already present in the adult heart as potential sources for cardiac repair could bypass this hurdle and deliver a more effective treatment.The Summer Scholar will investigate selected open chromatin regions at different stages of the regenerative process and will perform perturbations experiments in the zebrafish to further elucidate the epicardial contribution to the regenerating heart. (Paul Riley, PhD)

Application AND recommendations for Summer 2017 deadline February 6, 2017 12pm PST. 


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships Research Scholarships

These scholarships enable selected applicants to undertake research in the realm of their PhD or their medical specialization in one of the 10 Swiss Public Universities, the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, the public teaching and research institutes and the Universities of Applied Sciences. The Scholarship is only valid for a full time research in Switzerland.  PhD students from all fields may apply.  Research should be full time and last 9-12 months.  The scholarship provides a monthly stipend, housing allowance, health insurance, etc.


Taiwan International Graduate Program, International Internship Program

The Taiwan International Graduate Program’s International Internship Program (TIGP-IIP) invites Master’s students to intern in one of the following summer research programs (May-August):  Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Science and Technology, Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences, Bioinformatics, Molecular and Cell Biology, Nano Science and Technology, Molecular Medicine, Earth System Science, Biodiversity, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, Sustainable Chemical Science and Technology, and Social Networks and Human-Centered Computing.  Students will be paid approximately NTD 30,000/month—tax free.  Additionally, 50% of a roundtrip plane ticket will be paid.  Knowledge of Mandarin/Chinese is not required; however, students without basic knowledge will be required to attend free classes upon arrival.  Applications open January 1, 2015 and close February 28, 2015.


ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships

This program supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in US and Canada aims to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students as well as to foster the exchange between Swiss, US, and Canadian universities and research institutions. ThinkSwiss offers students scholarships, and grants for stays at summer schools at top Swiss Universities. Undergraduate (must have finished their sophmore year) and graduate students of all fields can apply to do research for 2-3 months between May 1, 2017 and December 20, 2017 at any Swiss university. This program provides a monthly scholarrship of CHF 1,050 (USD 1100). No foreign language requirement for work, however basic knowledge of any Swiss national laguage would be helpful for daily life.


Technical University of Munich (TUM) Practical Research Experience Program (PREP)

TUM invites students from selected university to apply for the TUM Practical Research Experience Program (PREP), an 11-week program over the course of the summer. Working on a research project under the supervision of a TUM faculty member, participants will build up and further refine their research skills, learn more about the specifics of the German higher education and research landscape, and become members of the diverse scientific community at Germany's top-ranked technical university.During their stay and beyond, program participants serve as ambassadors for their home institutions and for TUM, respectively, and will contribute to the strengthening of international research networks. 

TUM International Center will arrange accommodation for all program participants, and award scholarships to students in need of financial support. An orientation event as well as cultural program will ensure that program participants are well integrated into the local student body, and will have a chance to immerse themselves in the unique cultural and economic environment of Munich and Bavaria, respectively. Sophomore and above are eligible to apply and no German language proficiency is required to participate in the program. Applicants are expected to be aware of recognition and credit transfer regulations at their home institutions. Application opens: November 1st    Program Sketch; Fact Sheet

Tokyo Tech Summer Course and Research Programs

In 2017, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) offers two types of Summer Programs

  •  4-week Course-oriented Program offering intensive courses in Environment & Energy and Engineering Design for undergraduate students [~$1500]
  • 10-week Research-oriented Program for undergraduate/graduate students to pursue individual research projects under Tokyo Tech's faculty supervision. Applicants must propose a research project topic and a possible academic advisor at Tokyo Tech. (June to August OR July to September) [$2400] Nominations from universities will be prioritized. 

Scholarships are available!! All participants will have opportunities to learn about Japanese culture while experiencing life in one of the most exciting and technologically-advanced cities in the world. For more information, please refer to their flyer here and brochure. Applications due January 31, 2017!

University of Florida International Summer Research Program in Gravitational-Wave Physics: REU

Made possible by the National Science Foundation, this program is designed to expose students to the rigors of gravitational physics research within a setting that truly reflects its international character. For a period of 9-10 weeks during the summer, participants work on research projects in some of the best gravitational physics labs in Europe, Australia, and Asia.  Students receive a stipend of approximately $5,000.  During their stay, students also benefit from the valuable cultural enrichment that comes with living in a foreign environment. The program is open only to US residents.  Program organizers are particularly interested in recruiting women and minority students.  Applications are due in December.


University of Michigan Optics in the City of Light Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

This program offers 12 undergraduate junior-level students the opportunity to spend two months in a variety of laboratories in Paris performing research with a wide range of ultrafast lasers.  Optics, especially the new discoveries in Extreme Light, is one of the most exciting areas of science.  Students in this program will experience strong collaborative science that is currently taking place between University of Michigan (UM) Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS), Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), Université Paris-Sud 11 Orsay, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan,  and l’Institut d' Optique Graduate School.  Teams of faculty (one from Ann Arbor and one from Paris) will each direct an REU student on a collaborative project.  Students will spend one week in Ann Arbor at CUOS for orientation, safety training, preparation for living in France, and immersion into the Ann Arbor laboratories of the REU faculty.  Applications are due each January.  Selected students receive a $5,000 stipend.


Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program

This program sends graduate students studying Biomedical Engineering anywhere outside the U.S. or Canada to conduct academic or scientific research at a university or laboratory, or to intern at a policy institute, in the non-profit sector, or in industry.  The program covers airfare, a monthly stipend, and health insurance.