Applications are invited for Vest Scholarships available for international graduate students to work and study at one of nine US universities. These Vest Scholarships offer applicants the opportunity to spend a year at a leading US engineering school pursuing research to address one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.
The goals of the Vest Scholarships are to provide a platform to exchange ideas, share problem-solving skills and strengthen international relationships in order to advance progress in some of the most critical global challenges in the twenty-first century.
The Charles M. Vest NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering International Scholarship Program (The Vest Scholarships) was launched in March 2013 at the inaugural Global Grand Challenges Summit sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), National Academy of Engineering (US) and Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Applicants whose primary language is not English may be asked to provide official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) directly to any institution considering their application.
Course Level: Scholarships are available to graduate students for carrying out research at one of nine US universities.
Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled in engineering or engineering-related program for research in or more of the areas described in the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.
Scholarship Award: The Vest Scholarships offer applicants:
- The opportunity to spend a year at a leading US engineering school pursuing research to address one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering;
- Living and travel expenses and tuition covered by the host institution for the 12-month duration of the scholarship
- An opportunity to perform research in the laboratory of a leading faculty scholar;
- Access to relevant engineering classes and academic credit toward their graduate degrees (subject to the policies of the host institution and agreement between the host institution and student’s degree-granting institution.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an eligible graduate-level (master’s or doctoral) engineering or engineering-related program at the time of application and during the scholarship year.
- Exception: PhD graduates from eligible schools who are interested in careers in engineering education may apply for a post-doctoral Vest Scholarship at Olin College in the Grand Challenge area 13, Advancing personalized learning. Olin will also accept applications from current post-docs at eligible schools.
- Applications will be accepted from students at non-U.S. institutions that participated in the 2013 NAE/Royal Academy of Engineering/Chinese Academy of Engineering Global Grand Challenges Summit held in London.
Nationality: International applicants can apply for these vest scholarships.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an eligible graduate-level (master’s or doctoral) engineering or engineering-related progra.
English Language Requirement: Applicants whose primary language is not English may be asked to provide official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) directly to any institution considering their application.
How to Apply: Applications will be submitted online. Applicants will be asked to submit a personal statement proposing a one-year research and study plan that addresses one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. To complete the application, you will need to provide:
- Scanned electronic transcripts from all post-secondary school education
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from the dean/head of engineering at your current graduate institution and one from another faculty member familiar with your work. You will be asked to provide an e-mail address for each recommender; we will then contact them to supply the recommendation
- Personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing why you wish to conduct research in the Grand Challenge area you have selected. Include information on previous experience that has prepared you to conduct this research and how you think the Grand Challenge Scholarship opportunity will help you advance in this work.
- Optiomal: recent scores on the quantitative, verbal and writing Graduate Record Examinations (please provide scores if available).
Application Deadline: October 15, 2016.