International Experience Grants

International Experience Grants offer funding opportunities to undergraduate students wishing to intern or conduct research abroad. In the past, students have been funded for professional experiences in China, Germany, Ireland, Lebanon, Peru, and Vietnam.

Students are selected based on their submitted proposal, which must include a budget, a back-up plan, and an offer letter from the hiring organization. Students will also need to demonstrate how the experience will enhance their professional goals. Regional and thematic diversity of projects will also be taken into account.

Please make sure you read the Detailed Application Guide before you start preparing your application material. To access the Detailed Application Guide tab, you must log into the Career Advancement website.

The Award

The average grant amount is $3,000 - $3,500, but can be up to $5,000. When applying, students must supply a preliminary itemized budget, using a standard form. The selection committee reserves the right to adjust the budget.

Eligibility 

The International Experience Grant focuses on serving currently enrolled first- through fourth-year undergraduate students (including students graduating in June and international students) who are interested in pursuing a professional opportunity abroad. When applying, students must have received an offer from their hiring organization. International Experience Grants only support positions that are either unpaid or supported by only a small stipend. Students must work at least 350 hours during the summer.

International Experience Grants cannot be used to fund independent research projects, such as research for a BA thesis. However, if you are working with a team of researchers and your work contributes to the overall research project of your host organization, please do apply!

If you are not currently enrolled this quarter but will be continuing as an enrolled student in the coming term/year, please contact Career Advancement staff about applying for this grant.

Deadline

Deadline will be in early April – Exact date: TBD

Applications

All application materials must be submitted via UChicago Handshake, Career Advancement’s online job search system.  For more information about the process of submitting your application using UChicago Handshake, please review the UChicago Handshake information and instructions page. Students may only apply to the grant once per year.

To quickly find the grant on UChicago Handshake, search for “international experience grant” (with the quotes) in the keyword search. Applicants must be “activated” to use on-campus recruiting in order to apply. To be activated for on-campus recruiting, please make an appointment to have your resume reviewed by a Career Advancement counselor.

If you want to travel to a country or region currently bearing a Level 3 or 4 State Department Travel Advisory, you must petition the University. Prior to submitting your petition form, you must meet with Sarah Walter, Associate Dean for International Education, or Chiara Montanari, Associate Director of External Relations, to discuss your plans in light of the Advisory. You must complete your meeting before you submit your International Experience Grant application. Since this conversation may affect your plans, please schedule your appointment well in advance of the grant application deadline. Contact Naomi Patschke at nap@uchicago.edu to schedule an appointment.

Application Material

Please note: the selection committee will evaluate applications based exclusively on the required material, which must be submitted by the deadline and through Handshake. Any additional information, updates, or documentation submitted via email and/or after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Your application should include the following:

  • Cover sheet – form provided
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Budget – form provided
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Offer letter from the hiring organization
  • Email confirmation of SARSAC appointment (only for applicants travelling to countries or regions bearing a Level 3 or 4 State Department Travel Advisory)

Make sure you read the Detailed Application Guide before you start preparing your application material.

Please note: incomplete applications or applications not formatted according to instructions will not be considered. For details on how to submit and format your application see the Detailed Application Guide.

Contact

For questions about your eligibility or the program in general, please contact Chiara Montanari at chiaram@uchicago.edu. To have your application materials reviewed, please make an appointment with a Career Advancement counselor.