Programs/Scholarships

 

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.

Learn more about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program


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.

Learn more about U.S. Fulbright programs


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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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.


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. 


ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Program

ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Program is a highly competitive scholarship 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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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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Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program

The Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program (ISLP) provides graduate and undergraduate students from Iraq with a scholarship towards the completion of a degree at a university in the USA.

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Friends of International Students and Scholars

The Friends of International Students and Scholars (FISS) program is a friendship program allowing international students and scholars at Rice University a chance to learn about American lifestyles and to become better acquainted with the city of Houston, while providing the Student/Scholar and the U.S. Friend an opportunity to gain new perspectives on the world through an exchange of ideas.

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 the FISS program. Currently, more than 50 "Host Friends" are volunteering to host students/scholars from Rice University. Many of the Friends continue to host the students throughout their academic life in the US. This year we expect nearly 100 international students and scholars to sign up for the program.

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. Friends are expected to be in touch with their Student/Scholar at least once a month, and invite them for major holidays and FISS activities.

IIE is currently looking for people interested in becoming a Host Friend. All community members are encouraged to participate. Single individuals, couples, families, etc., are invited to be Friends. If you are genuinely interested in international exchanges on a personal level, you are encouraged to join and participate in FISS. If you are interested in being a host Friend, please complete the FISS Application and email it to Selene Escalera at fiss@iie.org or fax to +1 713.621.0876.

Host Friends will be expected to 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 +1 713.621.6300 x 52.

Free International Student Orientation Training Video

Rice University and the Institute of International Education (IIE) have made available a new training video designed to enhance orientation programming for international students. The video is a resource for any U.S. 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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