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How are COVID-19 and its possible impact on travel being addressed by the IIE-GIRE program?

We are aware of the uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on Fellows’ travel and related program plans. The IIE-GIRE team is committed to the safety of each of our Fellows and to working flexibly with them to adjust to changes in travel restrictions, safety in home or host country, and Fellow health. We encourage all applicants to plan their application with the assumption that they will travel to their host institution and remain there for their planned period. Should circumstances require adjustments, the IIE-GIRE team will work with Fellows on a feasible alternative.


Q: Am I allowed to change details of my proposed project after I submit my application?
A: Any changes in the proposed project must receive approval by the IIE-GIRE Scholarship manager. All changes are approved on a case by case basis.

Q: If my overseas contact is only able to send me a recommendation letter in a language other than English, will you accept this letter if I translate it into English?
A: Yes, recommendation letters translated into English from another language will be accepted.

Q: When must my proposed project start and/or end for me to qualify for the IIE-GIRE fellowship?
A: All proposed projects must start between September 1st, 2019 and January 1st 2020. Proposed projects beginning before September 1st 2019 may be approved, but will be done so on a case by case basis. In these cases, applicants should keep in mind that fellowship disbursements will begin no earlier than September 1st, 2019.

Q: Am I eligible to apply for the IIE-GIRE fellowship if I am currently abroad and wish to use the fellowship to fund/expand my current project?
A: Yes, the IIE-GIRE Fellowship is open to students who wish to extend current overseas research projects.

Q: I plan on enrolling in a PhD program sometime this year. Do I have to be currently enrolled in a PhD engineering program at the time I submit my application to qualify?
A: Applicants do not have to be enrolled in a PhD program at the time they submit their application. However, applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program by the time they begin their overseas research project.

Q: Does my proposed overseas contact have to be a designated Principal Investigator at their institution?
A: No, IIE-GIRE program does not have any specific restrictions regarding the position of overseas faculty that applicants designate as their primary overseas contact.


Q: Are there any additional stipulations regarding the funding I will receive as my student’s home faculty advisor?
A: Advisors will be required to identify how IIE-GIRE grant funds will be used prior to disbursement. Advisors will also be asked to participate in a short interview and survey at some point to discuss their utilization of grant funds.