Worcester Polytechnic Institute
WPI offers limited financial assistance to international (nonimmigrant) students.
Financial assistance is only offered to international students who enter as freshman in the fall semester. (No assistance is available to international transfer students.) Financial assistance should be considered secondary to family, government and other sponsor support for the student's studies. Students applying for financial aid must submit, by March 1st, the Foreign Student Financial Aid Application and the WPI Certification of Finances (PDF).
Merit (Academic) Scholarships
Each year the WPI Office of Admissions offers over 500 academic scholarships to accepted students. Consideration for these scholarships is very competitive and the criteria used is academic achievement. The criteria includes a student's high school record, standardized test scores, and for international students, TOEFL results. There is not a separate application to complete for consideration for these awards-all accepted students are considered. These awards range from $8,000 a year up to full tuition and are renewable each year if the student remains in good academic standing. Financial need is not a consideration for these awards. Students will be notified at the time they are admitted, or shortly thereafter.
Because WPI has limited funds available specifically for talented international students, only a small number of accepted international students each year. WPI typically offers about 40 awards that range from 10% to 60% of tuition. These awards are renewed each year, provided the student remains in good academic standing.
The scholarships are based upon financial need, the student's academic profile, and any special talents or experiences that the student will bring to WPI. Because the award amounts are no greater than the cost of tuition, families are expected to contribute a minimum of $10,000, plus travel expenses, to the total cost of attendance at WPI.
Because funding is limited, families who have the financial resources to fund the entire cost of attendance should not apply for financial aid.
It is possible to receive an award that is a combination of a Merit Scholarship and a International Scholarship; however, WPI offers very few combined awards. It is important to note that combined awards are also limited to the cost of tuition.
In order to apply for an International Scholarship, students must complete the Foreign Students Financial Aid Application. The deadline for this application is March 1st.
Working on Campus
WPI allows international students to work part-time on campus. Positions are available in a variety of offices and services. Upon arrival to WPI, new students are encouraged to apply for positions directly. The application process for many positions in competitive, and new students are encouraged to apply directly upon arrival at WPI. New positions are listed through our Human Resources web site through out the year.
While these positions can help students with their expenses, it is important to note that international students are limited in the hours per week that they can work. Students will typically earn $1,500 to $2,500 in an academic year.
Loan options for international students attending college or university in the US are very limited. However, some loan programs are available for students who can provide a US citizen or permanent resident as a co-singer. WPI recommends the Citiassist loan program sponsored by Citibank. For more information visit http://www.citiassist.com/.
Cooperative Education Program
WPI offers a cooperative education program (Co-op) for students, including non-citizens, in good academic standing. Co-op provides students with experience and career direction. Co-op makes students more aware of the day-to-day operations of industry and exposes students to professional standards and the methods used to accomplish objectives in a business environment. The professional skills students develop are one reason Co-op often leads to permanent employment after graduation. On average, WPI students earn an average of $15 per hour while on a Co-op assignment; an average total of $15,000 per Co-op assignment.
Students have the option of completing one or two Co-op assignments between the end of their sophomore year and beginning of their senior year. The assigment periods are January through August or May through December. The program has been designed for maximum flexibility so it can be responsive to each student's academic and financial needs.
A position is not guaranteed, but every effort is made to identify as many opportunities as possible so that all interested students can participate in the program. We currently place approximately 95% of interested students. For more information please visit http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/CDC/.
Summer Internship Program
WPI's Summer Internship Program serves the students of WPI as they explore career options, gain world-of-work experience, earn income and contribute to society during the summer months. Students typically find positions in and around the Worcester/Boston area. Salaries can very greatly. For more information please visit http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/CDC/.
Other Options. Below is a list of resources and programs that may aid you in leering about additional grants, scholarships and loans.
The International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC) has a website, http://www.iefc.com/. This site contains information on programs for international students including:
• Canadian Higher Education Loan Program (CanHelp) serving Canadian citizens studying in the United States.
• International Student Loan Program (ISLP) serving International students in the US and US students enrolled in foreign schools. http://www.iefc.com/islp.html.
• Any questions should be directed to email@example.com, or International Education Finance Corporation , 424 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186 Phone: (617) 696-7840, Fax: (617) 698-3001
"FinAid" http://www.finaid.org/, sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a comprehensive guide to financial aid including eduPASS! The SmartStudent - Guide to Studying in the USA for international students.
National Science Foundation:
• Grants at http://www.nsf.gov/home/grants.htm
• A selected list of fellowship and other support opportunities for advanced education for US citizens and foreign nationals, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/stis1995/nsf93147/start.htm.
NAFSA and Embark.com, provides an introduction to financial aid, a four-step guide to financial aid, and has a scholarship search engine. NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Financial Aid for Foreign Nationals Studying in the United States.
Yahoo! Financial aid information
Fellowship Office of the National Research Council allows you to search for the fellowships that are open to international students, such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship in Biological Sciences.
OSEAS EUROPE homepage includes a whole section with a partial list of financial aid available to international undergraduates.
Peterson's: The Educational and Career Center: offers institution and financial aid searches for US citizens and international students firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
Graduate Work at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA International Peace Studies
The Kroc Institute offers a unique and challenging multidisciplinary program of graduate study leading to the Master of Arts Degree in peace studies. The program is carefully designed to provide serious intellectual challenge to students preparing for careers in scholarly research, teaching, public service, religious leadership, political organizing and social action. The Institute enrolls 20 students annually for the 11-month Master of Arts program. Approximately three quarters of the students are drawn from outside the United States. The Institute particularly seeks students from war-torn areas or regions. The program attracts outstanding students from around the world and equips them with theoretical understanding and practical skills.
Program Themes. The Kroc Institute's educational and research programs are organized around four themes:
The role of international norms and institutions in peacemaking: Institute faculty and students search for ways (a) to make intergovernmental organizations and other international institutions more effective and representative and (b) to increase compliance with fundamental norms of peace and human rights.
The impact of religious, philosophical, and cultural influences on peace: Through teaching and research, the Institute explores the ethics of the use of force, the ways in which the world's religious traditions foment violence or encourage peace, the practice of non-violence, the importance of philosophies of global justice, and the ingredients of cultures of peace.
The dynamics of inter-group conflict and conflict transformation: Students and faculty enhance multi-disciplinary understanding of the conditions that give rise to violent conflicts in order to identify local and international responses able to transform conflicts and encourage peace-building. All of the Institute's conflict studies incorporate cross-cultural examination of key issues.
The promotion of social, economic, and environmental justice: Students and faculty interested in social change examine the role of nongovernmental organizations, commercial enterprises, and states, in sustainable economic development, respect for human rights, and conflict transformation.
|Application and Admission|
|Required||a record of academic excellence equivalent of a four-year B.A. or B.S. degree fluency in English (both speaking and writing): TOEFL Score|
|Recommended||a demonstrated commitment to working for peace and justice past community or political involvement a background in international studies|
|Financial Support||scholarships which cover tuition and living expenses are available|
|Application Info||available at: http://www.nd.edu/~krocinst/madesc.html|
|Application Form||Write to:Office of Graduate Admissions University of Notre Dame|
502 Main Building, Notre Dame IN
Fax: (574) 631 6973
Phone: (574) 631 6970
|Application Deadline||January 5|
Grants for Research Collaboration in Conflict Zones. Global Security and Cooperation (GSC)
Fellowship application deadline: February 1, 2003. Please note: This page must be read carefully and taken into consideration before submitting your application.
The Program on Global Security and Cooperation (GSC) of the Social Science Research Council announces the 2003 competition for research grants to qualified teams of two or more scholars and/or practitioners who currently reside or work in places where there are long-standing, intractable, or widespread violent conflicts.
These grants are designed to support new perspectives and approaches to understanding and ameliorating the root causes of conflict in those regions. The GSC Program is particularly interested in applications proposing innovative forms of collaboration between researchers from different professional backgrounds such as academics, NGO activists, journalists, lawyers, and others.
The research team should submit a joint proposal with one person designated as the principal investigator. The proposed research project should contribute to the generation or exchange of new perspectives, knowledge and data about underlying causes of violent conflicts. The project should also address the practices, policies, and politics of actors involved in conflict prevention and in the processes of peace-building, peacemaking or peacekeeping. Additionally, the research project should facilitate the creation of networks, and other forms of intellectual exchange. It should also include an effort to reach broader audiences, for example, through research reports, published articles, edited volumes, web sites, workshops or symposia for the public dissemination of research findings. The Global Security Program will, where appropriate, assist in the dissemination of research findings.
• The grant is for a period of 4-6 months.
• The starting date for the grant period is September, 1, 2003.
• The maximum award is $12,000.
• A written final product is required.
• The person designated as principal investigator should have professional experience related to understanding or ameliorating the causes of violent conflict.
• The principal investigator should speak, read, and write English at a level that allows for intellectual exchange between grantees.
• Applicants should either reside or work in a zone of conflict.
• There are no nationality or citizenship restrictions.
The SSRC particularly encourages applications from women. The SSRC does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, gender, or sexual orientation.
GUIDELINES TO APPLY
Applications can be submitted jointly by two or more individuals. Applicants should submit the following 4 items in English:
A double-spaced proposal - typed in 12-point font and no more than 2,500 words in length - describing:
• The central research question and a brief discussion of relevant literature on this topic;
• Why research on this particular problem is important and necessary;
• Links between the research team and other researchers, institutions, and networks working on the same or related topic;
• How project findings will impact policy and practices in the area of conflict and peace studies;
• The activities required to carry out the investigation;
• A detailed timetable for the completion of the project;
A budget, not to exceed $12,000 in total, detailing and justifying all anticipated expenses using any or all of the following categories:
• Research activities, including travel, access to publications, and networking costs (up to $10,000);
• Research stipends, intended to allow members of the research team to work on this project full time (up to $4,000);
• Equipment (up to $2,000); and
• Translation and dissemination of research results (up to $2,000).
Please note: This budget cannot include institutional fees, taxes, and indirect or overhead costs.
Curriculum Vitae for all team members, each of no more than 3 pages specifying:
• Current address and contact information including e-mail;
• Nationality, gender and date of birth;
• Personal and professional experience relevant to research on conflict and peace processes;
• Educational level attained;
• Professional positions and responsibilities;
• Languages and level of proficiency in each;
• Recent publications.
DEADLINESocial Science Research Council
All application materials, including letters of recommendation, should arrive in one envelope and MUST BE RECEIVED by February 1, 2003 at the following address:
Program on Global Security & Cooperation
2040 S St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Awards will be announced in June 2003.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT:Program on Global Security & Cooperation
Social Science Research Council
2040 S Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel (202) 332 5572
Fax (202) 332 9051