FACULTY AWARDS are intended to encourage international program development at UIC by supporting faculty in activities that will result in an internationally enriched campus academic environment. Typically, proposals may involve but need not be limited to:

  • the initiation, strengthening, or expansion of collaborative programs; and
  • the development of fellowships, and/or student and faculty exchanges.

Deadline for applications is October 21, 2017.




For units, typically, proposals may involve, but need not be limited, to presentations or round table discussions that include international components.  Proposals may include campus programs of distinctive international components. The proposal will show evidence of the activity as initiation, strengthening, or expansion of a program or enriching the educational experience of the student population.

Deadline for applications is October 21, 2017






For STUDENTS, 3 awards are available, please click below in each link to apply.



Click HERE to submit your application for the ‘CCC Scholarship’



Click HERE to fill out and submit your application for the ‘Everett and Florence Drumright Scholarship’.



 Click  HERE  to fill out and submit your application for the ‘JNC International Development Awards for Students’


Philoxenia Program College Student Trip to Greece

The General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad is accepting Applications for its Philoxenia Program College Student Trip to Greece July 24-August 2, 2017.

The Philoxenia Program aims to enhance the bonds between twenty (20) U.S. and Canadian students of Greek descent and their country of origin.

Deadline for application is June 19th, 2017.

Program details can be found here: PHILOXENIA PROGRAM Hellenic Republic
Application can be found here: Philoxenia_Application_Form_ENG

German Bundestag International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS)

The German Bundestag, the German Parliament, offers a 13-week work placement with a member of the Bundestag. The deadline for the 2017 Application is June 30th.

For more information, see below:
Flyer: 2018_IPS_Flyer_English
IPS Website:

UIC AY17-18 Fulbright Scholar Dr. Holli DeVon

University of Illinois at Chicago nursing professor Holli DeVon was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to research predictors of cardiovascular disease in Rwanda during the 2017-2018 school year.

Visit the UIC News post for more information here:

UIC AY16-17 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Miiri Kotche

OIA is pleased to inform that Dr. Miiri Kotche has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award in the field of bio engineering in Finland. Her research focuses on user-centered product design that intersects technology and health care delivery. The results of her research will be used to further prepare UIC students to be global engineers in medical device design.

Visit the UIC News post for more information here:

For an example of Dr. Kotche’s work, see here:

UIC AY16-17 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Joanna Michel

OIA is pleased to inform that Dr. Joanna Michel has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study The Role of Cultural Keystone Species in the Wellbeing of Displaced Women and their Families in Medellin, Colombia

Her research focuses on the intense process of internal displacement and rural-to-urban migration experienced during the past fifty years of armed conflict in Colombia. Ninety-three percent (93%) of the displaced population has been relocated to urban centers. As a result, over 70% of the Colombian population currently resides in urban areas. Adaptation to new environments is a multifaceted process and one poorly understood as it relates to culturally important plant species, also known as cultural keystone species, or CKS used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. This Fulbright sponsored research takes place in the city of Medellin; the second largest city in Colombia with a current population of over 2.5 million inhabitants. This a collaborative endeavor between the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Universidad de Antioquia. Research will occur over a four month period and will combine qualitative public health and ethnobotanical field methods to conduct interviews and focus groups with female heads of households living in some of Medellin’s  poorest neighborhoods.

The overarching objectives for this research are to:

(1) Explore the role of women in internally displaced urban communities in Medellin, specifically the roles that they play in taking care of their families’ health care needs.

(2) Document and identify culturally important plants, or cultural keystone species- CKS, mentioned by women to take care of themselves and their families.

(3) Understand the effects of urban relocation on access and utilization of CKS.

(4) Evaluate the impact of urban gardens on women’s overall wellbeing and sense of place, as well as related changes to diet and plant-based medical practices .

The movement of refugees and internally displaced populations into urban areas continues to escalate across the globe. This study will contribute new information about the unique cultural beliefs and health needs of rural-to-urban displaced women and children in Colombia, and the role of culturally important plants and community gardens in improving their health and wellbeing. Such information can be used to inform public and private public health agencies about the needs of displaced populations, and promote the inclusion of female heads of households in community health programming and the formation of sustainable urban communities.

See below for a gallery of images provided by Dr. Michel.

New Fulbright-ENS Rennes Award

Fulbright is offering a new exciting grant to France in partnership with ENS Rennes. There are two fully-funded awards for American students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree at ENS Rennes, one in the social sciences/humanities and the other in the hard sciences. The award is for one year renewable, conditional upon good academic results during the first year, and includes a tuition waiver plus monthly maintenance allowance.

Fulbright-ENS Rennes Awards Flyer

Click here for the Fulbright France Website

Fulbright U.S Student Program

[MEXT Scholarship] Research Applications Available

The Japan Information Center is delighted to announce that applications for the 2018 Japanese Government MEXT Research Student Scholarship are now available! This scholarship provides for college graduates to conduct an independent research project at a university in Japan under the supervision of a professor for 18 to 24 months. Any field of study is eligible for the scholarship, but applicants must find a professor at a Japanese university willing to supervise their research.

“Being able to further my education in Japan has truly been an experience of a lifetime.” -Catherine Shasteen, MEXT Research Scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo (click the link to read Ms. Shasteen’s full account)

The application is available online at the Japan Information Center website under the “Research” header:  Applications are due on Friday, June 2nd. Those who pass the initial application screening will be asked to sit for an interview and Japanese language exam on Thursday, June 15th. Final selection will come from MEXT in February, with scholarship recipients departing for Japan in April or September of 2018.

For more information, please see the MEXT Scholarship website, or the Study in Japan website (

2017 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship

The MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship application is now available. This scholarship offers current undergraduate students majoring in Japanese Language, Japanese Literature, Japanese Studies, or Japanese Culture an opportunity to deepen their understanding through academic study at one of several universities in Japan.

Applications, Guidelines, and a FAQ are currently available online at the MEXT Scholarship website under the “Japanese Studies” header:

Applications are due Friday, February 24th. Those who pass the initial Application screening will be asked to sit for an interview and Japanese language exam on Friday, March 3rd. Final selection will come from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in June with scholarship recipients departing for Japan in September of 2017.

ThinkSwiss Scholarship Program

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships 2017

ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. The program is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students and to foster the exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.

Please see attached PDFs for more details.

US Embassy ThinkSwiss 2017 Flier

2017 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship Application Information