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.

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. The research themes should be connected to the WPI strategic plan, and should relate to high impact work in contributing solutions to global challenges.

Deadline is February 1, 2019. Decisions will be made and applicants notified by mid-March.

Although it is not required, applicants are encouraged to develop proposals that will support collaborative efforts with existing WPI Global Project Centers or promote the interaction between undergraduates and graduate students.

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

For PhD students who want to apply:

  • You must be a full-time PhD student in good academic standing at WPI
  • You must identify a host institution and host advisor, in collaboration with your PhD advisor. You and the advisor should reach out together to the potential collaborator, and ensure that there is interest and enthusiasm, as well as logistical support, to carry out the project
  • 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
  • You are responsible for finding your own housing and arranging all of your transportation details
  • You are responsible for making sure you have health insurance that covers you during the time and location of travel
  • You are responsible for determining if you need a visa
  • If selected, you will receive $5000 in stipend and up to $5000 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, 2019
  • All funds must be spent by 8/31/2019, or will be forfeited
  • You agree to participate in pre-travel orientation and training, and to present on the results of your experience to the WPI community at the conclusion of the travel
  • Selected students will be asked to fill out the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division’s (IGSD) forms related to the Individually Sponsored Residential Project (information will be provided to you) and must adhere to all IGSD policies related to student project travel

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