Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. This program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.
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Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
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International Visitor Leadership Program
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) brings participants to the United States from all over the world each year to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience the U.S. firsthand. The visitors, who are emerging leaders in government, politics, the media, education, and other fields, are selected by American Officials overseas. More than 200 current and former Heads of State, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished world leaders in government and the private sector have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program.
As the local administrator of the IVLP, IIE Houston has hosted thousands of visitors representing a broad range of professional interests. Recent visitors include the following:
- A Brazilian hip hop star dedicated to improving life and providing productive alternatives to the children of Rio de Janeiro’s gang-scarred favelas
- The Dean of Angola's largest law school, who visited with counterparts at local universities
- The manager of Chile's premiere opera house, here to meet with the Houston Grand Opera to discuss fundraising and artistic collaboration
- A delegation of Pakistani women Members of Parliament, whose trip to Houston allowed included visits with local U.S. Representatives
- The Presidents of two prominent Iraqi universities, who spent two days with administration officials and faculty members at Texas A&M University
- Forensic scientists from Uzbekistan, here for a specialized three-day program with the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office and Memorial Hermann's Forensic Nursing Program
- Chinese border security officials, who discussed immigration and customs policies with representatives of the Department of Homeland Security
In addition to local professional meetings, the visitors frequently spend time with local IIE volunteers in a social setting, to make new friends and learn more about the American people. The connections made in these informal opportunities are often the most significant and lasting ones, and many of our volunteers remain in touch with the IVLP participants. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer activity, please contact IVLP Manager Paul Cummings by e-mail or at +1 713.621.6300 x 19.
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Funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The awards offered are up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students depending on cost and length of program.
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ExxonMobil Russian Scholars Program
The ExxonMobil Russian Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship program which provides highly qualified students from Russia with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a Master's degree in the geosciences at a college or university in the United States or the United Kingdom.
ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Program
ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Program is a highly competitive scholarship program which provides select student leaders from the Middle East and North Africa with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a degree at a college or university in the United States.
Through this unique scholarship opportunity, ExxonMobil aims to contribute to the Middle East and North Africa region by helping to develop highly skilled and culturally adept individuals.
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Baker Hughes Scholars Program in Angola
The Baker Hughes Scholars Program in Angola provides selected students scholarships towards the completion of their undergraduate degree in Angola.
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