International Opportunities

NSF LSAMP-OTS REU in Costa Rica – Apply by Jan. 31st!

REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) for U.S. Underrepresented Minority Students Summer Program in Costa Rica
(African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders)

Las Cruces and La Selva provide LSAMP undergraduate students with research mentoring, cultural experiences, and training in research methodology. The students are coupled with on-campus mentors from their home LSAMP schools to ensure the integration of the summer research experience into the students’ academic careers. LSAMP students can choose between either Las Cruces or La Selva Research Stations for their nine-week research experience. Each station will follow similar pedagogy, program structure, schedules, and mentor training, though each will emphasize those elements unique to their locations. Features of this program include 1) research skills in the field, 2) enhancing communication skills through training in scientific writing and videography, and 3) integration of cultural experiences with research development. Students interact with indigenous and rural communities in Costa Rica to discuss the important environmental and social issues affecting their lives and communities. Because the Las Cruces Research Station is embedded in an area rich with indigenous populations (Brunca and Ngöbe), the Las Cruces Node will focus on interactions with these communities and special field trips on ethnobiology. Conversely, La Selva Research Station has long history of research on environmental topics, such as biodiversity conservation and agroecology. The La Selva Node will offer more opportunities to interact with local farmers and environmental NGOs.

Application Process

The REU application deadline is: January 31st, 2017.

There are five items required to complete an REU application:

  1. REU Student Application Form
  2. A Letter of Recommendation from an On-Campus Mentor
  3. A Letter of Recommendation from a Faculty Member
  4. Official Transcript(s)
  5. Letter certifying your membership to a LSAMP program at your home institution

1. REU Student Application Form (Word document 135 kb) (includes Statement of Purpose)

Click on the application link above and open the MS Word application file. Upon opening the document, please click in the blank areas of each field and insert the appropriate application information. For REU project preferences, please select mentors/projects from the list available under “Downloads” on the right sidebar of this website. OTS has two REU program research sites: La Selva and Las Cruces. Please make sure you select your preference (OTS will take this information into consideration when defining the REU groups).

After you complete the first two pages of the general application, you will need to write the ‘Statement of Purpose’, which is on the third page.

Please save your application using the following format:


For example, if your name is Jane Elizabeth Smith, you should label your application:


After the application has been completed and saved, please send it as an attachment to:

2. Two Letters of Recommendation

Science Faculty Member ( Word document 97 kb)  – Two letters of recommendation are required from two science faculty members who knows you well, are from your major department, and with whom you have taken at least one class within the past two years. You must download this form and send it to each professor who is writing your recommendation. Instructions of how he/she is to submit the form are included within the document.

3. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all universities attended must be sent to OTS for review. Please send them via US Regular Postal Mail to:

OTS REU – Undergraduate Program

Organization for Tropical Studies


7801 NW 37th Street

Doral, FL 33195-6503

These forms will be automatically forwarded to the OTS Costa Rican Office (CRO) in San Jose, Costa Rica and should arrive within 5-7 days.

*** Should you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please contact Kattia Mendez, Undergraduate Program Assistant at the OTS Costa Rican Office, at: .




AUGUST 29 – DECEMBER 16, 2016

The Duke University Marine Lab is pleased to offer two semester scholarships for non-Duke undergraduates covering tuition & fees, room & board, books, travel to Beaufort, and full support for participation in a Beaufort Signature Travel Course to Panama during a semester of study, Fall 2016, in Beaufort, North Carolina. Undergraduate scholars will enroll in four Duke courses taught in Beaufort, where there is emphasis on the biology and physiology of marine organisms, marine molecular biology, marine policy, and coastal socio-ecological issues.

25 February, 2016


  • Be currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior in college (non-Duke)
  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa

Other factors considered in the evaluation process include whether an applicant:

  • identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in marine science;
  • has demonstrated interest in marine science and its impact on society;
  • anticipates pursuing a Ph.D. in marine science;
  • submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation

To Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  • Personal essay: How has your heritage made a difference in your life? How might it resonate in your work in marine science? How will a semester at the Duke Marine Laboratory benefit your career goals?
  • Resume
  • Two academic letters of recommendation (emailed letters are acceptable)
  • Official transcript
  • Undergraduate Scholarship Application

Please submit your personal essay, resume, and application together in one email. Your transcript and letters of recommendation may arrive separately.

Applications should be sent electronically to

or by mail to:

Katie Wood
Program Coordinator
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516

Announcement of awards will be made by 15 March 2016.

For additional information, contact:

Gilman International Scholarship Program – Applications due March 3rd

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce two exciting updates for the upcoming scholarship application set to open in mid-January 2015.   Thank you for sharing this information with students and helping them prepare their applications!

To encourage  more non-traditional students to participate in education abroad, the Gilman Program will accept applications from students enrolled at community colleges/two-year institutions who will participate in credit-bearing education abroad programs that are a minimum of 14 days in length in one country, so long as the students meet all other applicant eligibility requirements.  This is a change from the four week minimum currently in place for all applicants. The  14 day minimum only applies to students enrolled at community colleges/two-year institutions.

Additionally, the Gilman Program will accept applications from students participating in education abroad programs in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning ( *

Eligibility requirements; an applicant must be:

* A United States citizen;
* Enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution;
* Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad;
* Applying to or accepted into a credit-bearing study abroad program or international internship;
* Participating in a study abroad program or international internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) – or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students – in one country and no more than an academic year; and
* Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Cuba. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

The application for summer 2015 and fall/academic year 2015-2016 programs will open in mid-January and student applications are due March 3, 2015 by 11:59pm (central).

Advisers have until March 10, 2015 to certify summer and fall 2015 applications.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Since the program’s inception in 2001, the Gilman Program has awarded over 17,000 U.S. undergraduates with high financial need representing more than 1,100 U.S. institutions, to study and intern abroad in more than 140 countries. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

For more information and application resources, please visit the Gilman website at<> or contact the appropriate contact below:


Last Name A-D
Phone:  832-369-3477

Last Name E-K
Phone: 832-369-3484

Last Name L-Q
Phone: 832-369-3475

Last Name R-Z
Phone: 832-369-3485


Midwest & Northeast Regions
Phone: 832-369-3487

South & West Regions
Phone: 832-369-3483

SUNY Oswego Global Laboratory – Applications due February 1st and March 1st

Explore the Global Laboratory

From SUNY Oswego’s campus you can explore the world

Global Laboratory

Deborah Stanley“An investment in undergraduate research is also an investment in our common future. The Global Laboratory will produce a new generation of scientifically and internationally skilled problem solvers, empowered to meet the challenges before us.”
Deborah F. Stanley

The Global Laboratory is an innovative undergraduate research experience offering students hands-on, immersive problem-solving opportunities in international laboratories in the most promising fields of study—science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Global Laboratory combines the international connections of SUNY Oswego faculty with the scientific talents, research proficiency, and intellectual curiosity of undergraduates to advance scientific knowledge, design solutions to the many intractable challenges of our time, and to improve the quality of life for humans worldwide.

This pioneering laboratory empowers and uplifts students through the knowledge they gain and the life-changing experiences they encounter. Qualifying undergraduates spend two to ten weeks on any of the world’s seven continents conducting
Science Buildingcommunity-based research with leading scientists on projects designed to discover solutions to pressing global problems while promoting international understanding.

Rendering at right of of SUNY Oswego’s new 235,000 square-foot, $118 million Science Complex. Designed as the gold standard of green buildings, it is the new high-tech home for future scientists.

SUNY Oswego’s Possibility Scholarship

SUNY Oswego offers a program provides resources for underrepresented and financially disadvantaged students to participate in the global research experience as they pursue a high quality college education in the STEM fields.

The Possibility Scholarship offers donors the opportunity to change the world, one life at a time. To find out more about supporting the Possibility Scholarship, contact the SUNY Oswego Office of Development at 315-312-3003 or visit the Possibility Scholarship website.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship for Rising Juniors or Seniors – Apply by January 15th!

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture.

Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India. This fellowship opportunity is funded by Cultural Vistas.

Summer 2015: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Cultural Vistas Fellows will enrich their academic learning through professional internship and immersion experiences focused on entrepreneurship and innovation.

One cohort of up to four fellows will travel to each international destination. The program will take place in five distinct phases:

  • Virtual learning component to orient fellows to their host country and each other, discuss issues related to entrepreneurship and innovation, and prepare for their time abroad
  • Pre-departure orientation in New York City for fellows to meet, share learning goals, and prepare for their international internships
  • Eight-week internships in Buenos Aires, Berlin, and India. During this phase, fellows will take part in an online learning exchange to process and provide comparative analyses of their experiences.
  • Re-entry seminar in New York City bringing together fellows to reflect on their experiences and share what they learned during the program
  • Post-program “Fellows in Service” activities that highlight the learning acquired on campuses and in local communities

Program Benefits

  • Program-related travel expenses, including round-trip airfare to and within internship country; travel to New York City for pre-departure and re-entry seminars
  • Internship placement in Argentina, Germany, or India
  • Accommodations throughout program, including pre-departure and re-entry seminars
  • Virtual learning seminar
  • Pre-departure support services
  • Cultural orientation upon arrival in host country
  • Visa application support (where applicable)
  • Emergency medical insurance during internship phase


Candidates for the Cultural Vistas Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizens enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited U.S. college or university
  • Rising junior or senior status; minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Ages 18-30
  • No formal prior work or study abroad experiences
  • Prior knowledge of language of host country (applicable in Germany and Argentina only)

Strong preference will be given to students historically underrepresented in international exchange.

This includes, but is not limited to Pell Grant recipients; veterans; first-generation college students; STEM majors; members of minority communities within the United States; and non-traditional students.

Application Deadline

January 15, 2015

Oswego Global Lab 2015 – Apply today for research opportunities abroad!

The Global Laboratory is an innovative undergraduate research experience offering students hands-on, immersive problem-solving opportunities in international laboratories in the most promising fields of study—science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Study Abroad in Korea – Stony Brook College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

STUDY ABROAD Summer Program 2013 in Korea Department of Technology and Society College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Stony Brook University

  • Come study at the “first” American University in Korea – SUNY Korea (
  • Earn 6 to 9 Stony Brook University undergraduate credits in 4 weeks
  • Go global and gain experience needed to succeed in today’s global economy
  • Gain an international perspective that will give you an advantage over others
  • Learn from the best in a culture different from your own
  • Experience Korea’s historical, cultural, and natural treasures
  • Potential Scholarships Available
  • Classes offered this summer from May 26, 2013 – June 22, 2013
  • EST 391 Technology Assessment (DEC H)
  • EST 392 Engineering Economics (DEC F)
  • EST 499 Independent Study

Join us at one of our Open Houses in Harriman Hall, Room 132: Thursday, February 21–11 AM – 12 noon; Thursday, February 28–10 AM – 11 AM

Contact Marypat Taveras at 631-632-8762 or Rita Reagan-Redko at 631-632-1057 for more information

International Research Opportunity in Biomedical or Behavioral Science!

Program Description

The Neuroscience International Program offers international research opportunities to qualified minority undergraduates.  The objective is to increase the awareness of international research issues and prospects, and acquaint students with a variety of careers in research, especially related to U.S. minority health problems.  The program provides round-trip airfare to the destination country, full tuition payment for two months (June, July) of research training in a foreign laboratory, room and board at the foreign institution, a monthly stipend for living expenses, and student health insurance for the duration of the program.  The students are expected to maintain a full-time work schedule (avg. 40 hours/week).  This time may include library work, lectures, etc.  There is no provision for over-time compensation.  Students will be required to submit a report of their research at the end of the training period.  There are also opportunities to present research work at conferences.  We currently have programs in:
FRANCE – Dr. Michel Salzet focuses on neuroimmunology & proteomics He directs a laboratory and offices at the University of Science and Technology of Lille in Lille, France.
DENMARK – Dr. Else Tønnesen focuses on immunological feasibility experiments on organ transport. She maintains a laboratory at the Århus University Hospital in Århus, Denmark.

SPAIN – Dr. Alfonso Carrascosa focuses on microbiology, particularly pathogens involved in fermentation. He is the Director of the Microbiology department at the Institute of Industrial Fermentations in Madrid, Spain.
–  Dr. Alberto Ferrus focuses on developmental neurobiology, particularly synapse and muscle regulation. He is the Director of the Cajal Institute in Madrid, Spain
– Dr. Cristina Suñol Esquirol is the director of the Biomedical Research Institute of Barcelona, Spain.  The focus of her lab is the study of neural mechanisms involved in the neurotoxicity of environmental toxicants of relevance for the public health by using in vitro neural systems.
ENGLAND – Dr. Lindy Holden-Dye directs a neurobiology laboratory at the University of Southampton, in England, and Dr. Robert J. Walker, is a professor emeritus at the University of Southampton. Together, they study neuronal communication in nematodes.

Eligibility and Qualifications

bullet Citizenship

Trainees must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status).  Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa).  Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate in the MHIRT Program.

bullet Health Disparity Populations 

Trainees must be from a health disparity population as determined by the Director, NCMHD, in consultation with the Director, AHRQ.  For the purposes of this program, health disparity populations are defined as African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and the medically underserved (i.e., socio-economically disadvantaged individuals in rural and urban areas).

This program will recruit trainees who could most benefit from a financially supported opportunity for an international scientific research experience, and who are most likely to pursue basic science, clinical, biomedical or behavioral health research careers that will contribute ultimately to the elimination of health disparities in the U.S. and between populations living in developing countries and the U.S.

bullet Qualifications

Undergraduate participants should have completed approximately two years of coursework in a major related to biomedical or behavioral science, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and/or show other evidence of exceptional scientific interest and talent.  Previous undergraduate research experience is highly recommended before entering the MHIRT program.  Students will be required to show documented proof of their eligibility (i.e., proof of citizenship/residency, transcripts).

Priority is given to students of SUNY College at Old Westbury and this program’s affiliates (other SUNY institutions).  Students must have a valid passport.  Attendance will be required at several meetings/seminars held at the campus of SUNY College at Old Westbury for the purpose of educating students in bioethics and responsible research.


Complete applications must be submitted by February 15th of the year of the trip, to be eligible.  You may print out the application through the link below, or you may request an application by phone, mail, or fax (see our contact page).   Please be sure that all of the following are included when you return your application package:


Completed Application Form (Printable PDF form)
You will need Get Acrobat Reader to view and print this form. 


Documentation of Citizenship/Residency Status


Copy of most recent academic transcripts


Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Evaluations and the final decisions will be made based upon the student’s academic record, including GPA and relevant coursework, the compatibleness of the student’s goals with the potential research projects, prior research experience or strong evidence of interest in research, likelihood that the student will pursue a biomedical/behavioral research career, and other criteria such as languages spoken, faculty recommendations, special skills, etc.