The Charles M. Vest NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering International Scholarship Program offers an unprecedented opportunity for international graduate students to work and study at one of nine US universities performing leading research in one or more of the areas described in the US National Academy of Engineering (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 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)
For the 2015-2016 year, there will be one Vest Scholarship offered at each of the nine partner institutions.
- 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. See a list of eligible institutions
The program intends to expand to additional institutions in future years.
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. Winning statements will be those that present the most compelling and potentially impactful proposal, and that map best onto Grand Challenge activities at the participating institutions. Students’ academic aptitude and potential for success will also be an important part of the selection process. For more information, visit the Application page.
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.
- OPTIONAL: recent scores on the quantitative, verbal and writing Graduate Record Examinations (please provide scores if available)
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All documents not written in English must be accompanied by English translations from the issuing institution or a professional translation service.
Please note that if you are selected as a Vest Scholar by one of our participating schools, the institution may require additional information to finalize your acceptance.
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.
Application Time Framework
June 15, 2015: Application form opens for 2016-2017 scholarships
October 15, 2015: Applications due for 2016-2017 scholarships
By February 15, 2016: Vest Scholarship winners contacted
Summer 2016: Vest Scholars begin a year of study at their US host institution
Deadline: October 15, 2015