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The PhD Global Research Experience will provide students with the opportunity to engage with an international collaborator in a research project that is complementary to the PhD work at WPI—work that directly complements the mission of The Global School at WPI.

Students will develop their own global network and contacts by participating in this program. In addition, students can learn about culture-specific drivers of technology and innovation, as well as the policies that govern technological development in other countries. The research conducted is expected to become a part of the PhD student’s thesis and body of work. In the past three years, our students have traveled to research laboratories in the UK, Switzerland, Japan, and several other countries. Many of the research projects have led to joint publications between WPI students and their international collaborators.

The PhD Global Research Experience Award will be offered again in 2022. Next application deadline will be early February 2022, with decisions made and applicants notified by early March 2022.

A very limited number of fellowships are available. This will be a highly competitive program.

For PhD students who want to apply:

  • Must be a full-time PhD student in good academic standing at WPI
  • Student must identify a host institution and host advisor, in collaboration with the PhD advisor.
  • Projects can be in any research area and any location outside of the US, except that international students may not use this grant to conduct research in their home country
  • Student is responsible for arranging housing, transportation, and health insurance
  • Student must determine if a visa is necessary for travel
  • Awardees will receive $5,000 in stipend (which may be taxable) and up to $5,000 towards lodging and transportation
  • Duration of the travel can be a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks
  • The travel period is between May and August
  • All funds must be spent by 8/31 of the year of the award, or will be forfeited
  • Awardee agrees to participate in pre-travel orientation and training, and to make a presentation on their research after returning to WPI


2019 PhD Global Research Experience Award Recipients

Student Department/Program Advisor host institution research area
Brown, Avery Chemical Engineering Michael Timko University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany Hydrothermal carbonization of biomass, Energy, advanced materials
Carvalho, Paulo Robotics Engineering Gregory Fischer Gassert ETH Rehabilitation Engineering Lab, Zurich, Switzerland Intelligent surgical robots for neurosurgery
Cromwell, Jaya Mechanical Engineering Winston Soboyejo University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom Mechanistic studies of failure mechanisms, advanced materials
Kushnir, Kateryna Physics Lyubov Titova McGill University, Montreal, Canada Nanostructured materials with applications in optoelectronics and renewable energy
Qifti, Androniqi Chemistry and Biochemistry Suzanne Scarlata Mechanoadaptation and Caveolai Biology Lab, Madrid, Spain Cell signaling, health and biotechnology