Fulbright US Student Program: Fulbright Clinton Fellowships

(From the US Student Program announcements):
Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State inaugurated the J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship (formerly the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship) in academic year 2012-13. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to build mutual understanding and contribute to the strengthening of the public sector abroad.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions. Fellows gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic study/research project.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will function in a “special assistant” role for a senior level official. The goal of the professional placements is to build the Fellows’ knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. Participating countries will be announced on November 1, 2013.

We have recently posted two upcoming webinars in anticipation of the 2014-15 competition open on November 1, 2013 that may interest your students. In a recent survey of the current 2013-14 Fulbright-Clinton Fellows, over 65% had listened to a live or recorded webinar with our program staff at some point throughout the application process. We strongly encourage all interested individuals and advisors to take advantage of these resources as they are tailored to help applicants put together strong applications:

September 17 – Intro to the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship
•           3:30PM-5:00 PM (ET)
•           With Ashley Prather, IIE Program Manager for the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, & Vincent Pickett, Department of State Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Officer
•           Register – https://us.fulbrightonline.org/index.php?option=com_events&view=event&id=536

October 22 – Intro to the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship: Meet a Fellow
•           2:30PM – 4:00PM (ET)
•           With Ashley Prather, IIE Program Manager for the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, & Vincent Pickett, Department of State Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Officer
•           Register – https://us.fulbrightonline.org/index.php?option=com_events&view=event&id=538

Recorded webinars: All recorded webinars for the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship are available at https://us.fulbrightonline.org/resources/recorded-webinars. The above webinars will also be recorded and will remain on our website throughout the application process.

For more information about the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, current fellows, and alumni, please visit the program websites:

•           https://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-clinton-fellowships
•           http://eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-programs/program-summaries/fulbright-clinton-fellowship


SMART Scholarship

The application for the SMART Scholarship for Service Program is now open at https://smart.asee.org/apply 

The application will close on December 16, 2013.


The SMART Scholarship is an opportunity for students pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a Department of Defense facility.  Scholarships awarded include a stipend of $25,000 to $38,000 a year, full tuition, health insurance contribution, and book allowance. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Please visit http://smart.asee.org for more information.


If you or any students have any questions please email smart@asee.org.


Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The application for the University of Cambridge and for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Application is now available. Please read the announcement below:


This is to let you know that applications for postgraduate admission to the University of Cambridge and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for 2014/15 is now open (as of 1 September 2013).

Full details about postgraduate admission (how to apply, courses, colleges, funding opportunities, etc.) are available from www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/

Full details about applying for a Gates Cambridge Scholarships are available from www.gatescambridge.org/apply  


Please note the following Gates Cambridge deadlines:

·         US round 15 October 2013 – for US citizens normally resident in the USA

·         International round 3 December 2013 – for all other eligible applicants


Most information you and your applicants will need – together with answers to common questions – is available from the websites above. If you have any specific questions not answered on the website, please email info@gatescambridge.org for scholarship-related queries or Graduate.Admissions@admin.cam.ac.uk for admissions-related questions.

Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Program is now accepting applications. Please read the announcement below:

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.


Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.  


Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.


National Application Deadlines

Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014

Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*

            *Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.


For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.


The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

Whitaker International Undergraduate Program

The Whitaker International Undergraduate Program for Spring 2014 is now open. Check out the press release:

The online application for the Whitaker International Undergraduate Program, Spring 2014 cycle is now available at http://undergradapplication.whitaker.org/ with a October 15, 2013 deadline.

The online application for the Whitaker International Summer Program for Summer 2014 is also available at http://summerapplication.whitaker.org/ with a February 4, 2014 deadline.

With support from the former Whitaker Foundation, IIE provides biomedical/bioengineering students (and those in a related field) funding  to pursue coursework, research, or an internship, in an international setting that is approved by their home university, which is relevant to biomedical engineering (BME).

Summer Program Grants are designed for currently enrolled Master’s or PhD students, or recent Master’s recipients.  Summer awards are for 8 weeks typically between June 1 and August 31.  Up to 20 awards will be available for Summer 2014.  Award amount includes a fixed fellowship award, monthly maintenance allowance, international airfare, settling-in allowance, and insurance.

Undergraduate Grants are designed for currently enrolled Undergraduate Students with a study abroad program approved by their home university related to Biomedical Engineering.  Up to 15 awards will be available for the Spring 2014 term. Award amounts range from $7,500 for a semester program to $10,000 for an academic year program.

To be eligible for the award, an applicant must:

  • have U.S. citizenship or be permanent residents of the U.S., and
  • For the Summer Program:  be enrolled as a Master’s or PhD student, or recent Master’s recipient.
  • For Undergraduates:  be enrolled as a Sophomore (2nd year), Junior (3rd year), or Senior (4th or 5th year), with at least one semester remaining, in an undergraduate BME (or related major) degree program with good academic standing

For the Whitaker Undergraduate Program, a student may apply to attend any overseas academic institution that is endorsed by the student’s study abroad advisor. The advisor must certify that the program is approved and the student will receive academic credit at the home institution. The advisor must also certify the student’s financial aid need. Students who already have the cost of the program fully covered may not apply for the scholarship and receive duplicative funding.  However, if the program is only partially funded by another source, the applicant may apply.

We look forward to receiving approved applications from your students by the application deadlines.

To learn more about the Whitaker International Program please visit www.whitaker.org, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program


Program Overview


The Whitaker International Program provides funding to emerging U.S.-based leaders in biomedical engineering/bioengineering to conduct a study and/or research project abroad, with the underlying objective of increasing international collaboration in the field of Biomedical Engineering (BME). Grant projects – including lab research, coursework, public policy work – are intended to enhance both the recipient’s career and the field. Founded in 2005 by the Whitaker Foundation (now closed), the program is administered by the Institute of International Education.


Whitaker International Program grants are awarded based on an activity/project proposal that is relevant to biomedical engineering.  Note that not all aspects of the project have to be strictly BME related, but the applicant should showcase how the award will enhance his/her future goals in the bioengineering field.  The program also allows for non-BME majors to apply as long as the candidate has relevant experience and interest in BME. 


We anticipate offering about 50 grants, but only the highest-quality applicants are offered awards. In the last three competitions, 40, 60 and 50 grants were awarded. There is no limitation on number of grants awarded and there is no quota on number of grants to a certain country. 


All eligible students who are exploring the idea of going abroad for a post-graduate/post-doctoral project are encouraged to apply.  It is recommended that any post-graduate coursework be combined with a research project or an internship.  Aside from the personal and professional benefits to the individual grantee, benefits to the home institution also accrue, as new university partnerships have developed with hosting institutions overseas; collaborations have developed between U.S. bioengineers and their academic counterparts worldwide; and U.S. labs have benefited from having their students learn and bring back new and, sometimes, cutting-edge technologies and procedures.


Awards have included research in heart blood flow, improved prosthetic leg design, development of affordable oral cancer screening tools, and investment in BME research. Projects occur worldwide, and have taken place in many European countries, as well as in such places as Australia, Bangladesh, China, South Africa, Vietnam, and many more.


Types of Grants


The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program has two categories:

·         Fellows –   Graduate-level applicants, from graduating seniors through current PhD students. Fellows receive a stipend for one year, and are eligible for tuition reimbursement.

·         Scholars – Post-doctoral applicants, who recently received their PhD.  Scholar awards can be for as little as one academic semester or as long as two years, depending on their needs. Second year funding is contingent upon demonstration of progress made during the first year.


Website & Online Application



The online application is now open with a January 21, 2014 deadline. The website listed above has all the information pertaining to the program, including eligibility requirements, examples of potential host institutions, and former grantee profiles.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is now accepting applications for the 2014 competition. Please read the announcement below:

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

National Science Foundation

NSF 13-584


Application Deadline(s) (received by 8 p.m. EST):  November 04, 2013 for Engineering;    Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Materials Research


November 05, 2013 for Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy


November 07, 2013 for Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning


November 08, 2013 for Life Sciences; Geosciences

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Applications, contact: GRF Operations Center, telephone: (866) 673-4737, email: info@nsfgrfp.org

Gisele T. Muller-Parker, telephone: (703) 292-8694, email: grfp@nsf.gov

Pushpalatha Murthy, telephone: (703) 292-8694, email: grfp@nsf.gov

Doris L. Carver, telephone: (703) 292-8694, email: grfp@nsf.gov

Estimated Number of Awards: 2,700 new Fellowships will be offered pending availability of funds.

For each Fellow, the institution receives up to a $44,000 award per Fellow tenure year (12-month increments) to cover the costs described below.

The Graduate Research Fellowship stipend is currently $32,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated in whole month increments of $2,666. The cost-of-education allowance to the institution is currently $12,000 per tenure year. During tenure, the institution is required to exempt Fellows from paying tuition and fees normally charged to students of similar academic standing, unless such charges are optional or are refundable (i.e., the institution is responsible for tuition and required fees in excess of the cost of education allowance).

All Fellowships will be for a maximum of three years of financial support (in 12-month allocations, starting in summer or fall) usable over a five-year period. The anticipated announcement date for the Fellowships is early April 2014.

Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States by the application deadline.

Individuals are typically eligible to apply:

·        During the senior year of college

·        After graduating from college and prior to entering graduate school

·        During the first year of graduate school

·        Prior to completing the fall term of the second year of graduate school.