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NSF Central Europe Summer Research Institute Fellowship (CESRI)

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Website

Program Purpose

To enhance America's global competitiveness in science and engineering by expanding its globally competent pool of science and engineering professionals.

Program Description

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Central Europe Summer Research Institute (CESRI) provides U.S. graduate students in the sciences and engineering with a high-quality international research experience in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

CESRI grants 8 awards, 2 of which are in Germany. The remaining grants are in the other countries listed above.

Supported Fields

Graduate students in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, and mathematics are encouraged to apply. The program is intended for scientific research projects; thus field-work, policy, ethics and related disciplines will not be considered, nor will projects involving clinical research on human subjects.


Award benefits include a $2,000 fellowship award, round-trip airfare, room and board for 8 weeks, health insurance, and a 4-day academic and cultural orientation in Budapest, Hungary.

Applicant Profile

Selection is based on the quality of the project proposed, application to a country underrepresented in international exchange of scientists (thus there is limited funding for projects in Germany), and the applicant's membership in a group traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.

Application Process

Candidates are encouraged to establish relationships with research institutions or mentors in Central Europe that they feel will best suit their interests and needs. IIE will then make the formal arrangements to place selected candidates at these institutions. If a student does not have a pre-established institution/mentor relationship, IIE will place the paricipant in a research position based upon his/her preferences and overall program diversity.


Current master's or doctoral students at US universities in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, and mathematics.


U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


Usually February 1.

How To Apply



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