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 and University of Rhode Island Privately Funded Scholarships.

Here is a list of Fall 2017 Info Sessions.

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 Demers Info Session Presentation10 Steps to Apply for the Demers Fellowship, and Tips for Demers Letter WritersDeadline: January.

        **Demers preparation workshop**  on Nov. 9, 2017, 5 p.m. Swan Auditorium (mandatory for all applicants)         


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 for summer, fall, and academic year 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.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (fully-funded)

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the fourteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Deadline: November. Application available at:

Dell Scholars Program

$20,000 annually, non-renewable. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Upon the Foundation’s approval, the recipient may also be able to use his/her funds for approved internships and study abroad programs. 300 awards offered annually. Apply online: Application deadline: January 15, 2017.

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.

The William & Sharon Flynn International Study Abroad Opportunity Fund ($500-$2000)

Recognizing the transformative impact of international learning experiences, the William & Sharon Flynn International Study Abroad Opportunity Fund provides grants for undergraduate and graduate students for international study related to their academic area(s) of interest. To qualify for this grant, applicants must be engaged in an intensive language experience that emphasizes in-depth experiential learning and/or scholarly research. This scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis, with preference given to those students who demonstrate financial need. Application website:

Applications are typically due in April. Please check the website regularly for more details.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. Students may apply online starting February 1st for awards to study abroad beginning in summer 2016. Prospective students should visit the Freeman-ASIA website ( for eligibility requirements, full application instructions and a list of deadlines. The online application opens on February 1, 2017. Student application deadline: Summer 2017 programs – March 1, 2018; Fall Academic Year 2017 programs – April 1, 2018.

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 (for summer, fall, spring programs).

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.

Go Global Scholarship  

BRIC Language Systems is committed to supporting language learning and education. As part of our passionate commitment to learning, we have created the BRIC Go Global Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the student who has the best understanding of the importance of language learning and its place in society. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded directly to the student and can be used for tuition, books, language classes, etc. Visit:


 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. Visit the foundation’s website for more information.

I Have A Dream Scholarship: ($1,500)

One “dreamer” in the I Have a Dream Scholarship Scholarship will receive $1,500 to help make his or her educational dream come true. Applicants must: Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application; be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia; be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: “We want to know… what do you dream about? Whether it’s some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college.” Application deadline: January 31, 2018.

Kelly Services Future Engineers Scholarship Program

The Kelly Services Future Engineers Scholarship Program is available for the full-time students who are interested in engineering and want to build their career in engineering fields and have achieved cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The Scholarship Deadline is November 3, 2017. Find out more information here.

Out To Innovate™ Scholarships for LGBT STEM Students ($5000)

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.

Science Ambassador Scholarship (undergraduate full tuition up to 4 years)

The Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. The ideal candidate will be an ambassador for their field–someone passionate about discovery who shares their excitement with others. The winner of the Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years.

To apply, submit a video of yourself explaining a topic in science you are passionate about. The videos will be reviewed by a board of fifty women who hold higher degrees and work professionally in science and engineering. Ten video finalists will move onto the next round and submit additional materials. Both high school and college students can apply at ScienceAmbassadorScholarship.orgApplications close December 1st.

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.

Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time. You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Complete the online application form including a 140-character message about technology addiction. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about technology addiction. Application Deadline: January 30, 2018.

Victor J. Baxt Scholarship

In honor of 50 years of loyal, dedicated service, the Victor J. Baxt Scholarship, honors an important leader in our company’s history. The scholarship will be awarded annually to one student from the University of Rhode Island who meets the following criteria:

• Enrolled as a full time student in an undergraduate program

• Rhode Island resident • Completion of sophomore year studies (rising Junior)

• Field of study must be in an Engineering discipline OR Chemistry

• Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0

• Willing to work two consecutive summer sessions in one of Teknor Apex’s manufacturing facilities

During the summer the student will be offered a position of temporary employment with an established hourly rate of pay and will be paid for all hours worked. The two summer sessions will be project-based and designed around the student’s field of study.

How to Apply? Applicants are required to submit an application with a short essay (500 words or less) on why they should be selected for the scholarship. Submissions must be sent to for consideration by December 8, 2017. The winning recipient will be notified by January 30th, 2018. To apply visit: to download the application.

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.orgDeadline: March.

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. Please check the IEP Scholarship page for more details. Awards will be granted and winners notified 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 need and 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 in the summer.

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 Damon Rarick, head of the German Section at

Teodoro Raffaele Diaco Excellence Scholarships                               

To be given to a student who wishes to study abroad at the University of Calabria or at the URI Summer Program in Italy. Preference will be given to the IEP and IBP students who, if needed, will also be assisted with additional funds coming from the Teodoro Raffaele Diaco Excellence in Italian Endowment. Four scholarships of $400 each will be awarded. Application deadline: March 25th. Contact Michelangelo La Luna, Professor of Italian at URI.

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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