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FAQ


Q. What does the typical summer institute experience look like?

A. The first several days will be spent in Budapest, Hungary for a cultural and academic orientation to Central Europe and the science and engineering fields in Europe. Then, the participants will travel to their host country and spend the next seven and a half weeks conducting scientific research at a research laboratory or institution, under the guidance of a mentor.

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Q. Can I do independent research abroad in countries other than Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, or the Slovak Republic?

A. No, placements may only be arranged in one of these countries.

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Q. Should I arrange for a host institution or will I be placed?

A. Either is okay. Selection does not depend on having a host arranged.

That noted, there is a minor benefit to arranging your own host - selectees have a guaranteed placement with a host who will support the project as proposed. As such, we encourage you to arrange your own affiliation in your host country. If you already have done so, please state this in your application.

If you have not done so, you are encouraged to name your preferred host institution/mentor and IIE will make every effort to place you at this institution. If you do not know of a suitable host institution, IIE will attempt to find a placement on your behalf if you are offered an award. Keep in mind that geographic distribution of awardees throughout the region will be a consideration during this process, and you may be placed in a different country than your preferred one.

It is possible, though unlikely, that IIE is unable to find a suitable host. If this happens, your grant may be offered to an alternate candidate.

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Q. How can I find a host institution and/or program?

A. Talk to your adviser, dean, or other faculty at your home institution. Search online as well.

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Q. Can non-U.S. citizens apply?

A. Non-citizens may apply if they are permanent U.S. residents.

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Q. I have graduated from graduate school. Am I still eligible?

A. No. Only current U.S. graduate (MS/PhD) students are eligible to apply.

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Q. I am NOT an NSF GK-12 Fellow or Alum. Am I still eligible?

A. Yes. While being an NSF GK-12 Fellow or Alum can be a positive preference factor, it is only a part of the whole picture. The quality of your proposed project is the paramount factor for selection.

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Q. Should I propose a research budget?

A. No, the awards are fixed sums.

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Q. May I take dependents (spouse, child/children) with me on the grant?

A. Dependents will not be supported through this program.

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Q. I do not speak the language of the country in which I wish to do my project. What do I do?

A. If your project does not require knowledge of the host country's language then we recommend that you obtain survival/hospitality level skills in the language before beginning the grant to aid you in the settling in process. However, if your project does require knowledge of the host country's language, then you should have appropriate language skills to successfully complete the project that you propose.

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Q. How many fellowships will be offered for the Summer 2010 program?

A. Eight CESRI grants will be awarded for 2010. Two of these grants, funded by DAAD, are to be used in Germany. The remaining six grants preference countries other than Germany.

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Q. I read a CESRI brochure that states "Electrical Engineering" as an eligible field, but the website says "Engineering". Which should I follow?

A. The website. In the 2006 competition, Electrical Engineering was the only Engineering field accepted for application (excluding all other sub-fields of Engineering). For subsequent competitions, we have amended the eligible fields and will now accept candidates in all sub-fields of Engineering (eg. Chemical, Mechanical, Biomedical).

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Q. I read a brochure that states "Physics" as an eligible field, but the website does not. Which should I follow?

A. The website. In the 2006 competition, applications were accepted for the field of Physics. However, the NSF decided that Physics will not be a component of the CESRI Program, as they sponsor other programs which support Physics. For subsequent competitions, we have amended the eligible fields for CESRI and can no longer accept applications in Physics. You can visit www.nsf.gov to seek out possible programs which support Physics.

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