Programs/Scholarships

Baker Hughes Scholars Program in Angola

The Baker Hughes Scholars Program in Angola provides selected students scholarships towards the completion of their undergraduate degree in Angola.

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Esso Angolan Scholars Program

Through this unique scholarship opportunity, ExxonMobil aims to contribute to the expansion of a creative, globally competent workforce in the country of Angola. The scholarship provides funding for students from Angola to pursue a master's degree in the geosciences at a university in the U.S. or the U.K. Some students may qualify for the opportunity to apply their skills through internships with ExxonMobil.

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ExxonMobil Iraq Training, Technology & Scholars Program

The ExxonMobil Iraq Training, Technology & Scholars Program will help to develop a new generation of leaders in Iraq and supports the long-term economic prosperity of the country. In an effort to increase language skills and cultural awareness, program participants attend an intensive English language program and cultural trainings prior to beginning their academic programs at a U.S. university with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a master’s degree or Ph.D.


ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Program

ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Program is a highly competitive program which provides select student leaders from the Middle East and North Africa with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a degree at a college or university in the United States.

Through this unique scholarship opportunity, ExxonMobil aims to contribute to the Middle East and North Africa region by helping to develop highly skilled and culturally adept individuals.

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ExxonMobil Romanian Geoscience Scholars Program

The ExxonMobil Romanian Geoscience Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship program which provides highly qualified students in Romania with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a master's degree in the geosciences at a university in the United Kingdom.

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ExxonMobil Russian Scholars Program

The ExxonMobil Russian Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship program which provides highly qualified students from Russia with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a master's degree in the geosciences at a college or university in the United States or the United Kingdom.

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. This program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.

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U.S. Fulbright

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

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Boren Awards

Funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The awards offered are up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students depending on cost and length of program.

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Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program

The Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program (ISLP) is a competitive scholarship program which provides select graduate and current or prospective undergraduate students from Iraq with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a degree at a college or university in the United States. Funded by a U.S. corporation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the goal of the program is to provide the Iraqi scholarship recipients with the opportunity to pursue study at a U.S. college or university, develop new leadership and cultural skills, and to build closer ties between the people of the U.S. and the future leaders of Iraq.

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Friends of International Students and Scholars

IIE Houston and Rice University have co-sponsored the Friends of International Students and Scholars (FISS) program for more than 25 years. Since the program's inception, over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries have participated in this friendship program. It allows international students and scholars at Rice University a chance to learn about American/Houstonian lifestyles through casual friendships with community members. It also provides all friends with an opportunity to gain new perspectives on the world through an exchange of ideas.

IIE is currently looking for people interested in becoming a Friend for the FISS program. All community members are encouraged to participate as Friends including single individuals, couples, families, etc. If you are interested in international exchanges on a personal level, become a Friend! Complete the FISS Application and email it to Selene Escalera at fiss@iie.org or fax to +1 713.621.0876.

FISS Friends must attend one informal orientation in July or August and a "Matching Event" that is held in the fall. For more information about FISS, please contact Selene Escalera at fiss@iie.org or 832-369-3471

FISS is a flexible program with no set activities or time commitments. Once a Friend and Student/Scholar are matched, they can decide what they would like to do together—go to the movies, meet for dinner, attend a downtown concert, etc. Though, friends are expected to be in touch with their Student/Scholar at least once a month.

Free International Student Orientation Training Video

Rice University and the Institute of International Education (IIE) have made available a video designed to enhance orientation programming for international students. The video is a resource for any institution that facilitates a friendship program between newly arriving international students and U.S. community volunteers. It includes information on how international students impact and enhance U.S. campuses, provides guidelines on cross-cultural expectations for U.S. volunteers, contains suggestions for successful initial interactions, and explains what both U.S. friends and international students can gain from organized friendship programs

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