International Engineering Program

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Scholarships & Fellowships

Students in the International Engineering Program benefit from a wide array of scholarship opportunities. Below are some of the most common scholarships awarded to IEP students.

Incoming Freshmen

The University offers a merit-based scholarships for outstanding incoming freshmen. These scholarships require strong GPAs and SAT scores. There is no separate application. For more information visit the Office of Admission.

State, National and International Awards

The University of Rhode Island Honors Program nominates students for many prestigious national and international awards such as Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships. More information on these opportunities is available at the Honors Program. Also, see Funding Opportunities for International Study & Research

Demers Fellows

Beatrice S. Demers Foreign Language Fellowship winners.

Beatrice S. Demers Foreign Language Fellows Program

Awarded to students enrolled at a Rhode Island college or university who wish to pursue foreign language study. Preference is given to applicants from the University of Rhode Island. IEP students have frequently won these fellowships. Students are encouraged to review the criteria and work with their advisor on an application. The program was established by Beatrice S. Demers, a professor of foreign languages at the University of Rhode Island for more than 30 years. See 2015 Demers Info Session Presentation10 Steps to Apply for the 2015 Demers Fellowship, and Tips for Demers Letter Writers 2015Deadline January 16.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Summer Scholarship

The Gilman Program diversifies the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by awarding over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens receiving a Pell Grant. The Gilman Scholarship Program accepts applications two times per year. Students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program or internship is scheduled to begin. More information, including dates and timelines. Deadline March 3, 2015 for summer 2015, fall 2015, and academic year 2015-16 programs.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Open to high school seniors and undergraduate students planning to major in an area of Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business-related programs and interested in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries. Criteria include academic achievement, financial need, participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience, and interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industry. Special consideration will be given to the following applicants: first-generation college, female, minority, military veteran or dependent of military personnel. The scholarship awards up to $25,000 per year, renewable for up to four years (or one additional year for those entering a five-year engineering program). See the website for more information.

FISITA Travel Bursary Programme

FISITA offers student engineers the opportunity to apply for a travel bursary, of up to EUR 2000, to help with the costs of taking part in organized work placements (internships, exchange programs etc.) in automotive companies and research institutions overseas. To be eligible to apply, you must: be studying engineering at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a recognized college or university, have arranged an industry or research placement in an automotive company or organization overseas, be a member of a FISITA member society (student must have membership of the FISITA society for their nation: in U.S. it would be SAE-International: It costs 25$ for a student membership.) Download the application forms and all information from our new Your Future In Automotive website, here: Contact your IEP director if interested. Application deadline for students completing spring internships abroad through IEP (between April and October) is March 31st. 

Foundation for Global Scholars ($1K – $2.5K) 

FGS invites applications from any level of student with a 2.5+ GPA who is planning to participate in a program abroad, including for a short-term/summer, semester, or year abroad, or a service-learning, internship, or research experience. In addition to the general Foundation for Global Scholars Scholarship, the Foundation awards Financial Need Scholarships (for Pell Grant recipients), STEM Scholarships (for students majoring in the sciences, technology, engineering, or math), and Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarships. Application does not require letters of recommendation, just one essay. Website: Mid-November (for spring-start programs); early April (for summer-start programs); late June (for fall-start programs).

Fund For Education Abroad

FEA invites applications from students planning to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks (30 days). Learn more about other preferences for applicants here. In addition to the general FEA scholarships, the Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA) has partnered with FEA to offer two $5,000 awards to deserving students who are enrolled in a CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, or VT university. Application requires one letter of recommendation. Website: January 16, 2015 (for summer 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships and Awards

Offered by the German Academic Exchange Service to encourage global cooperation between Germany and other countries. The awards provide financial incentives for 4-10 months of study in Germany. Visit the program’s website for additional information.

 H. J. Klein Foundation Scholarship

The objective of the H. J. Klein Foundation is to sponsor international exchange by granting scholarships to students for a stay abroad. Support is granted to students of all specialist fields who have shown proven commitment/ involvement in fostering international exchange. Support in temporary, scientifically qualified stays (for example: participation in scientific projects, study visits, summer schools). Program duration: 1 semester, max. 1 year. The application process is handled by SCHOTT AG and requires CV/Resume, letter of motivation, letters of recommendation/confirmation, estimate of probable costs, and personal statement. Application deadline: May 31. Visit the foundation’s website for more information.

Out To Innovate™ Scholarships for LGBT STEM Students

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals established the Out To Innovate™ Scholarships for LGBT STEM Students, following NOGLSTP’s inaugural Out to Innovate™ Career Summit for LGBT People in STEM. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an active ally of the LGBT community. The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBT students in STEM careers. Two $5000 scholarships will be awarded: one to an undergraduate student, and one to a graduate student. The deadline for applications to be received by NOGLSTP is early June. Follow this link to learn more, and to download the application package.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarships 

SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico. In 2013, SWE disbursed over 200 new and renewed scholarships valued at $550,000. SWE provides one application for sophomores through graduate students and one application for freshmen. Applicants complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. See the organization’s website for a complete list of scholarships. Sophomores through Graduate Students Application: December – February. Freshman Application: March – May.

Women in Engineering Scholarship

The purpose of the Women in Engineering Scholarship offered by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Psi Omega Chapter, is to support and acknowledge young women pursuing education and careers in engineering or closely related fields. Scholarship awards will range from $250.00 to $1000.00. To be eligible applicants must be females enrolled at a two or four-year university in the state of Rhode Island, be majoring in engineering or a closely related field, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a strong record of community service. For more information contact scholarship@akathetapsiomega.orgCompleted application must be postmarked by March 15.

IEP Scholarships

Students who are enrolled in the IEP and who have declared both their majors (engineering and language) may apply for IEP Scholarships listed below. To be considered, students must submit an application via online form and submit a current professional resume. The application period will be open early April-June 1st, via online form. Awards will be granted in the following Fall. 

John M. Grandin Scholarship

Open to IEP students in all languages. Awarded based on need, academic achievement and commitment to the goals of the International Engineering Program. The endowed fund was created by IEP alumni, faculty and staff in honor of  IEP founder John M. Grandin.

Judith A. and Robert C. Ayotte Scholarship

Open to French IEP students.  Awarded in support of excellence in the French IEP.

Sharon Wallace Memorial Scholarship

Open to female German IEP students. Awarded based on need and merit, but also specifically seeks a German IEP woman who works at least part-time while attending URI. The award is funded by friends of German IEP student Sharon Wallace.

Shawn P. McBride Memorial Scholarship

Open to IEP students in all languages. Awarded based on academic achievement and specifically seeks an IEP student who has a broad range of interests and is an enthusiastic individual.

William F. and Pauline T. Silvia Scholarship

Open to Spanish IEP students who will study abroad during the following academic year. Awarded based on need and merit.

Wroe Family Scholarship

Open to Chinese IEP students who will study abroad during the following academic year. Award for study and internship in China. Awarded on a need basis. Financial need is determined by the University and requires the submission of a FAFSA annually.

Other Scholarships

Hasbro Scholarships

Open to International Engineering Program (IEP) and International Business Program (IBP) students planning to study in China or Taiwan this summer. The Hasbro Scholarship Application Form 2014 Summer must be submitted by April 1 at 4 PM to or in person to Erin Papa in the Texas Instruments House, 61 Upper College Road.

The Chinese Flagship Scholarship Program Scholarships

Awarded for study and internships in China. Students must be part of the Chinese Language Flagship Program. Visit the program’s website for additional information.

Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department Scholarships

Watch for annual announcements of the Barbara A. Woods Award, the Frank Woods Award, and the Dornberg Scholarship for Study Abroad. To apply contact Norbert Hedderich, Chair of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department and head of the German Section.

Research Grants

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Offers a summer internship programs for undergraduate and graduate students to work with research groups at institutions across Germany for 2-3 months. Visit the undergraduate program and graduate program websites for additional information.

RWTH Aachen Unversity’s Undergraduade Research Opportunities Program International

Offers a 10-week summer research program in Aachen, Germany for students from North American universities. In addition to research placements, the program offers 30 scholarships to students with outstanding academic achievement. The program is open to U.S. and Canadian citizens. Visit the program’s website for additional information.


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