International Students

Opportunities for international students can be limited because funding sources are often stemming from the US government, but we have highlighted some great opportunities below that are not limited to US citizens.


DAAD RISE Germany offers undergraduates the opportunity to complete a funded summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. Students must be studying biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field.

Eligibility: Applicants are required to have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree program by the time of the internship. At least one past, or ongoing research experience is needed. Students select top 3 choices of sites to pursue the internship, and their skillsets must match the position requirement which is quite clearly stated in the position descriptions published on the DAAD RISE internship list. These skills are to be itemized in an applicant’s CV/Resume, which is part of the application process. A high GPA is preferred, although not binding.

When is the national deadline? December 15th

When should you come see us? Latest by October 15th

What is the application timeline? Developing a plan and assessing an applicant’s skill set, career goals and experience requires significant effort and thought. Hence, at least 4-6 weeks preparation time for background research and writing is needed.

ONS Contact: Dr. Sayandeb Basu, sayandeb@honors.usf.edu


Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

Foundation to award scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring of their junior year.  Students can nominate themselves. A campus interview held every year the weekend of Spring commencement week will select the final candidates who may go forth to the national competition. Please contact ONS for details.

Eligibility: Gates-Cambridge is open to both US citizens, and international students, as well as recent alums.  All disciplines, except business are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship excel in academics and leadership. All nominees must have at least a 3.8 GPA to meet admission standards of the University of Cambridge. Leadership activities must have delivered concrete outcomes and not merely comprise named positions in organizations. Strong preference is given to candidates who demonstrate a focus in their leadership and academic activities and have a strong record of having worked with, and/ or fostered collaborations in communities, both within and outside USF. STEM candidates must have past publications. High ambition and concrete goals for academic pursuits are preferred. Candidates must be able to demonstrate why pursuing higher studies at the University of Cambridge will benefit their lives’ work and how that work will help improve the lives of others. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship should not be thought of as simply a means to fund one’s education at the University of Cambridge. Ideal candidates should have extensive experience across the academic, leadership, and community engagement spectrum.

When is the national deadline? The deadline varies by year. However, typically the deadline for US candidates is in early to mid-October and in December and January for all other candidates. Please check Gates Cambridge website at https://www.gatescambridge.org/apply/deadlines for year-specific details.

When should you come see us? Pre-applicants who are envisioning applying to the Gates Cambridge Scholarship should set up an appointment with Dr. Sayandeb Basu early in January of the calendar year of application, or earlier the year before for an assessment meeting. However, we strongly encourage extensive and continuing engagement with ONS staff during your journey at USF, as often ONS has played active roles in pipelining students to research and meaningful leadership activities, which in the end play a vital role in the application.

What is the application timeline? A student who has been endorsed to apply for the national competition will begin work in May of the year of the application and engage with Dr. Sayandeb Basu, both for the application to University of Cambridge and to the Gates Trust. Engagement continues till the application deadlines for that year.

ONS Contact: Dr. Sayandeb Basu, sayandeb@honors.usf.edu             


Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. Every year, up to 90 high-achieving students from around the world will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including the DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as joint- and dual-degrees. Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars’ program in the world.

Eligibility: You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you are applying to enroll in any full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (for example, but not limited to, DMA, Eng, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, or PhD) or if you plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (for example, but not limited to, MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS). Knight-Hennessy Scholars accepts applications from citizens from all countries. If applicant’s have earned a degree at an institution outside the U.S., to be eligible for graduate study, you must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing.

When is the national deadline? The deadline to apply for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is October.

When should you come see us? Students who are planning to apply for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program should schedule an appointment to meet with Ms. Chambers in the spring semester prior to the deadline to discuss their plans for graduate study at Stanford University and fit for the Program.

What is the application timeline? Students will meet with Ms. Chambers in the spring semester and work on their Stanford University and Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program applications during the summer semester. You still need to apply separately to the specific Stanford graduate degree program that you want to pursue. The deadline to submit your graduate degree program application depends on the specific degree program.

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Chambers, lschumac@honors.usf.edu


Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars to read for a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring of their junior year. Nominated students are screened and potential candidates are interviewed the weekend of the week of Spring commencement.  Please contact ONS for details.

Eligibility: Rising seniors or alums who at the time of the application are younger than the age of 24 at the time of commencement of studies at Oxford (must be under 23 on October 1 of the year of application). A citizen of the US, lawful permanent resident or having DACA status as of April 15th of the year of application.

 Rhodes applicants are primarily assessed on academic excellence and must have a GPA of at least 3.8 per guidelines set by the Rhodes Trust. Although the other requirements for selection for Rhodes are open-ended, ideal candidates are campus or community leaders, having already delivered significant outcomes in their leadership or civic engagement activities at the local, regional or national level or have engaged significantly with a specific contemporary social or socio-political issue.  Candidates are also ambitious, and have a vision for their lives and academic pursuits to which pursuing a program at Oxford, they can argue, will play a transformative and pivotal role. The Rhodes scholarships should not be thought of as a funding source for studying at Oxford. International students studying at USF are also eligible to apply. For the complete list of eligible countries please see https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply/ .

When is the national deadline? Early October

When should you come see us? There is no set time. A potential candidate for a Rhodes scholarship at USF would have an extensive track record of engagement in academics and leadership, and it is likely would have already engaged with ONS for some time prior to the year of application. Interested candidates are encouraged to engage with ONS as early as freshman year.

What is the application timeline? After selection to be endorsed by USF, a typical Rhodes applicant will engage with ONS to finalize reference letters, and supporting documents May through October. The Rhodes Trust explicitly forbids direct feedback on applicant’s personal statement. However, Dr. Basu will guide applicants with program choice, researching potential academic advisers at Oxford, and other nuances of the applicant’s proposed programs to help guide applicants.

ONS Contact: Dr. Sayandeb Basu, sayandeb@honors.usf.edu


Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, fully-funded one-year master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China's role in global trends. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring prior to the application deadline.

Eligibility: Rising undergraduate seniors, graduate students, and alumni (any degree in progress must be completed by the start of the program); at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year; no citizenship or nationality requirements

When is the national deadline? Late September

When should you come see us? Spring prior to the national deadline

What is the application timeline? Potential applicants will undergo an extensive internal review process in the spring semester to be nominated to apply for Schwarzman Scholars through USF. Students will work on drafts of application essays throughout the summer, getting through as many drafts as they feel comfortable from spring through the national deadline. Applicants submit the name of three recommendation letter writers in early summer after the nomination process is complete, and drafts of the letters will be due for feedback in mid-August.

ONS Contact: Dr. Sayandeb Basu, sayandeb@honors.usf.edu


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