Summer Grants

The Whitaker International Summer Program

***Funding is not available for Summer 2017 and beyond. Students may consider other scholarships administered by IIE for study abroad, such as the State Department’s Gilman Scholarship and National Security Education Program’s Boren Scholarship, as well as many other non-IIE administered opportunities available through the IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding directory.

The program provided funding for U.S. bioengineers and biomedical engineers to continue their existing Master’s or PhD work abroad of high-quality, individually-arranged, research OR internship in industry OR coursework relevant to their field under the supervision of a mentor to:

  • Improve their expertise as scientists
  • Help developing scientists open their minds to think and analyze on a broader, global level
  • Build individual as well as institutional partnerships; and,
  • Establish dialogues between the scientific community in the U.S. and the rest of the world.


Summer grantees must meet the basic eligibility requirements and must

  • hold a Bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant  
  • Be enrolled in a BME or BME-related Master’s or PhD program OR
  • Be a recent recipient of an MS degree in BME or a BME-related field (within last three years)


The following are not eligible for consideration:

  • Foreign-nationals
  • Applicants holding a doctoral degree at the time of application.
  • If you only hold a Bachelor's at the time of application and are not currently enrolled in a Master's or a PhD program. 
  • If you received your last degree more than 3 years before the application deadline and are not currently enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Anyone who has resided in the host country of the proposed grant project, for more than 6 months prior to grant start date (study abroad experience during undergraduate does not count).  Preference is given to applicants who are proposing to do grant project in a country where they have not had an extensive experience.


Summer grantees go abroad for 8 weeks (between June 1 and August 31)

Award Benefits
The grant provides:

  • A fixed-amount fellowship award
  • Round-trip international fare
  • A monthly living stipend commensurate with the expected expenses in the host country.
  • Health and accident insurance


All applicants should review the detailed instructions on application procedure before beginning the online application.

Applications must be completed and submitted electronically by the first Tuesday in February.

The online application will generate a PDF document automatically, which you will be able to preview. To see what your auto-generated document will look like, click to see a sample PDF (283 KB).    Note: you will need Adobe Reader or a similar program to view PDF documents.

Click here for the application.

Supplemental Forms

The below forms are required components of a complete application, and must be submitted online, except as noted.  

  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Resume
  • Host Institution Letter of Support (see below instructions)* A complete application requires a Letter of Support from an in-country host institution or supervisor. This should be submitted on institutional letterhead.
  • Official transcripts from all degree institutions *

*Must be submitted in hard copy.  We can accept these components together or separately. If submitted by the applicant, the letter and transcript(s) must be in a sealed envelope, signed across the flap by the author; each transcript should be forwarded in the envelope in which it was received from the submitting institution. The materials must be received by the deadline. Mail by the deadline to:

Whitaker International Program

Institute of International Education

809 United Nations Plaza

New York   NY 10017