As the spring semester approaches, you may be thinking ahead to possible future international experiences, including research programs abroad!
Due to the ongoing pandemic, many research programs have suspended their programs for 2021 and are hoping to resume in 2022. A small number of programs opened applications for summer 2021, including MOST Global Talent Internship (Taipei, Taiwan) which is accepting applications until March 26th. Please consult UW Study Abroad’s Covid-19 FAQs for updates on campus travel.
However, it’s not too early to start thinking about research programs abroad for 2022. Many programs have deadlines in the fall – make a note on your calendar so you don’t forget!
Some of the research programs available for 2022 and beyond include:
- UAS7 (multiple cities in Germany) due October 1, 2021
- OIST (Okinawa, Japan) semester or summer 2022 with deadlines on April 15th and October 15th, 2021
- TUM PREP (Munich, Germany) due end of November 2021
- DAAD RISE (multiple cities in Germany) due December 15th, 2021
- RWTH Aachen UROP (Aachen, Germany) due January 15th, 2022
- WINStep Forward Bose Scholarship Research Internship (multiple cities in India) due January 15th, 2022
- Amgen Scholars (Beijing, China) (Singapore) (Tokyo or Kyoto, Japan) due February 1st, 2022
- UW Microbiology International Internships (Bangkok, Thailand with CALS study abroad) with future durations TBD
- Montclair IRES (multiple cities in Japan) with future durations TBD
- UTRIP (Tokyo, Japan) is currently suspended but will resume once circumstances allow
- NUS SERIUS (Singapore, with IAP study abroad) with future durations TBD
- Fulbright Canada – Mitacs Globalink (multiple cities in Canada) with future durations TBD
Most research programs require only English, and many offer a stipend or scholarship to selected students!
Pro tip: Read application materials carefully and apply early, since applications require multiple materials such as recommendations, transcripts, and personal statements. Let IIP know if you need help on a requirement (e.g. forms for some programs in Germany).
IIP also directly coordinates a few additional research opportunities with institutes and alumni abroad in countries such as Finland, Iceland, Germany, and Costa Rica. These can be found in the IIP Database, which is kept up to date as decisions are being made regarding future travel abroad and may include some virtual opportunities
If you’re interested in finding your own position, check out IIP’s tips for Finding a Research Position Abroad.