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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.

Home Faculty Advisors

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.