REU Programs for International Students


Stanford’s Radiological Sciences Laboratory Internship Projects i s a 10-week program starting June 21  to August  27, 2021 (40 hours per week). Students are expected to participate for the duration of the program (exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the faculty mentor). Students are also required to present their research at the final presentation/poster session and complete a program questionnaire.

Levels: Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: No Minimum GPA
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents and International students who are matriculated at U.S. colleges/University may apply (visa restrictions may apply).
Deadline to Apply: April 5, 2021


 Computational Mathematics for Data Science Summer 2021

“Subject to the approval of funding, the REU Site Computational Methods for Data Science within the Department of Mathematics at Emory University has several funded opportunities for undergraduate summer research. The site will be held in conjunction with the Emory Research Experience for Teachers that provides additional funding for in-service high school teachers.”

The site’s core activity is a six-week on-site research and training that will be hosted at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. This activity is preceded by a three-week virtual pre-REU/RET phase that focuses on team building, on-demand teaching of advanced mathematical concepts, and finalizing the design of the research projects. During the on-campus phase, the teams will work on their research project and receive mentorship from faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. The pre-REU/RET phase will start on May 24 and the on-campus phase will begin on June 14.

This program particularly encourage women, students from underrepresented groups, first-generation college students, and institutions where research programs in STEM are limited to apply.

Levels: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
Minimum GPA: No Minimum GPA
Citizenship Requirements: There are no citizenship requirements. Students must be enrolled at a US Institution.
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2021


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), formerly UGSRF, allow students to participate in hands-on research in the laboratory of an established researcher and APS member for 10 weeks. Students must have had less than nine months of prior laboratory experience.

Fellows have the opportunity to:

  • network with other APS Fellows interested in and conducting biomedical or basic research;
  • explore the nature of research and the scientific process;
  • investigate physiology career options, what it takes to find career success;
  • learn about scientific writing and draft a meeting abstract, learn about common ethical issues in figure and text preparation; and
  • pose their career questions to members of the APS

    Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Citizenship Requirements: There are no citizenship requirements
    Minimum GPA: 3.0
    Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2021


Warm-Water Aquatic Ecology

“This REU Site is a novel, collaborative effort involving Auburn University faculty mentors specializing in diverse but complementary disciplines, including community ecology, fisheries management, aquaculture, evolution, limnology, molecular biology,  microbiology, invasive species, fish behavior, outreach, physiology, parasitology, and conservation. Together these disciplines provide the education basis for undergraduate students to learn about techniques and tools to study aquatic communities, specifically warm-water systems such as reservoirs, farm ponds, streams, and brackish estuaries.  The primary objectives of this project include exposing participants to different scientific hypotheses, research techniques, and ecological habitats and conditions in an engaging, interdisciplinary atmosphere that fosters a strong interest in aquatic sciences by the next generation of water experts. ”  

Levels:  Freshman, Sophomores, Junior, and Seniors graduating no earlier than September 2020. 
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents

Although not financially supported by the REU Site, they are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in their REU Site research and professional development activities.  

This program strongly encourages applications for those  traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply.  

Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020

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Undergraduates in physics, astronomy and engineering are invited to apply to Caltech’s LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. The program takes place at Caltech or one of the LIGO observatory sites, funded in part through the National Science Foundation.  Undergraduate students from all institutions (both U.S. and foreign) are invited to apply to the program.

Levels:  Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Deadline to Apply: January 8, 2021

Carnegie Mellon


“Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholars provides funded, high-quality undergraduate research experiences to propel your academic future. Conduct research in robotics and artificial intelligence with pioneers defining the field! 

Join us for a summer of research, innovation, and discovery.

Quick Dates and Information

Scholarships fund your exploration. 

We believe every student should have the opportunity to explore research – that’s why RISS doesn’t let financial barriers hinder you from participating. If you are passionate about robotics, we’re here for you. Upon selection, you’ll be eligible for numerous scholarships.  

Open New Doors
When you join us, a team of mentors and tutors are ready to back you, passing on years of knowledge & experience, and helping you at every step. The program equips you with essential skills and knowledge so you are better prepared for graduate school and industry.  You will also attend robotics talks and workshops that expand your perspective of the field. Your work over the summer will culminate in a presentation and published journal What you do here opens doors for years to come.”

Undergraduates from both US and International Institutions are eligible to apply

Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2021


The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at CSHL provides an opportunity for undergraduate scientists from around the world to conduct first-rate research. Students learn the scientific process, technical methods and theoretical principles, and communicate their discoveries to other scientists. Approximately 20 students come to CSHL each summer for the 10-week program, living and working in the exciting Laboratory environment.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Status: Students of any country are eligible to apply.
Minimum GPA: Not specified
(However, Successful applicants generally have GPAs around 3.5 or higher in their science and math courses
Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2021


The NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in the UC Davis Physics Department will continue in summer 2021. During the 10-week program students work alongside our faculty and graduate students on ongoing research projects, providing a view of physics very different from typical coursework.  Please note: Applicants must have completed at least one year of calculus-based physics

Levels: Freshmen. Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: All students are invited to apply regardless of Citizenship Status
Deadline to Apply: February 14, 2021


Duke ECE’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program brings students from around the world into the research laboratories of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering each summer. These students work with a faculty member and their research group to tackle an innovative research project. Students admitted to the program receive a competitive monthly research stipend as well as arranged on-campus housing and a travel allowance.

Levels: Sophomores and Juniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: Domestic and international students
Deadline: 2021 Dates TBD


Harvard has 7 REU programs that are coordinated through the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Students spend their summers working with faculty. The program provides professional development activities designed to foster interest in graduate school and careers in research.  

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and SeniorsMinimum GPA: Not specifiedCitizenship Requirements: 5 of Harvard’s programs require that candidates be US Citizens or Permanent Resident’s.  the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Rowland Institute at Harvard will accept international students. 

International students are encouraged to verify their eligibility.

Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2021

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Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Program Description: The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, offers a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.

Levels: Sophomores & Juniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0 & Above
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens and International Students who are attending a UC College or university
Deadline: February 1, 2021

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens, permanent resident, non-U.S. citizen with DACA, or international student with appropriate visa and work authorizations
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Deadline to Apply: January 10, 2021 


The OHSU Equity Research Program offers an exciting opportunity for diverse undergraduate college students to spend eight weeks working on research projects alongside faculty, scientists and graduate students. The program has a variety of tracks including Public Health, Medicine, and Biomedical Sciences, or Nursing in a clinical or community setting. 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, and DACA eligible students
Deadline to Apply: December 20, 2020

University of Oregon
Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

The University of Oregon (UO) Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) provides fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from other Universities and Colleges to participate in ongoing research in Life Sciences laboratories at UO during the Summer months. Each project is a rigorous and rich immersion in a mentored, high profile science research project with a lab mentor under the direction of a research profession

Levels: Sophomores & above
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, & International Students who can provide their own funding
Deadline: January 4, 2021

Research in Industrial Projects for Students

“The Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) -Los Angeles program provides an opportunity for talented undergraduates studying math, computer science, and related disciplines to work in teams on real-world research projects proposed by sponsors from industry or the public sector. The student team, with support from their academic
mentor and industry mentor, will research the problem and present their results, both orally and in writing, at the end of the program.” Next summer’s program will take place at UCLA.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, & International Students
Deadline: February 12, 2021

Santa fe Institute

The SFI Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a ten-week residential research opportunity in which students develop innovative research projects in collaboration with an SFI mentor. The program asks students to discard traditional disciplinary boundaries, and combine concepts and tools from the physical, natural, and social sciences

Levels: All Levels
Minimum GPA: No minimum GPA
Citizenship Requirements: Applicants are welcome from any country. International students will need to be sponsored on an F-1 visa by their home institution (contact your international office at your university to inquire about CPT/OPT status).
Deadline:  January 11, 2021

Sens Research Foundation Summer Scholars Program 

The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers. Students participating in the program will hone their writing skills via periodic reports, which are designed to emulate text scientists commonly must produce. At the end of the summer, students will have the opportunity to put all of their newly developed communication skills into practice at a student symposium

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors,  Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents and International students on a case-by-case basis.

Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadlines to Apply: January 15, 2021


In this ten-week program students will work on cardiovascular research with Stanford faculty on research supported by the American Heart Association, The National Institutes of Health, and the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. Participants will receive a stipend for their work. The program will be either in person or virtual or summer 2021.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents or US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or holder of one of the following visas: F-1, H1, H1B, J1, PR, TC or TN
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline: January 15, 2021


SURGE provides undergraduates from a U.S. institution the opportunity to gain mentored research experience at Stanford University in the geosciences and engineering during the eight-week period of June 19, 2021 to August 15, 2021.  

The program encourages applicants from students who are seeking a formal research experience for the first time to participate. The underlying philosophy of SURGE is to train students by creating a supportive and rigorous work environment. We set high expectations for our scholars: to prepare them for a potential career in the field of geoscience and engineering, and to ensure that they get the most from their stay at Stanford. Each SURGE scholar is matched with a faculty member from the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences and has the opportunity to work in a research group or laboratory.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and Recent Graduates.
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an international student enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate institution
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: 2021 Dates TBD

University of Vermont Complex Systems Center

Undergraduate Fellowship in Complex Systems & Data Science
Through a partnership with MassMutual students will spend ten weeks in the summer understanding human wellness through data analytics at the University of Vermont’s Complex Systems Center in Burlington, Vermont. Students will work on projects in areas such as:

Longevity & Wellness
Algorithmic Fairness
Measurement methodologies for large scale social systems
Computational Finance 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: No citizenship requirements
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: 2021 Dates TBD


Summer Student Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students who are completing their junior year at colleges or universities and are studying in any of the fields of science or engineering including but not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, oceanography, and marine policy.

Levels: Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA:  Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, International Students
Deadline to Apply: 2021 Dates TBD 

Wake Forest

Through its Summer Scholars Program, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) offers undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in exciting, multidisciplinary research firsthand at the interface of engineering and biology in challenging areas of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM). Summer scholars receive a $5,000 stipend for their participation in the 10-week program.Levels:  Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents and International students who currently have a J-1 or F-1 visa and who are already attending school in the United States are also eligible to apply
Minimum GPA: 2.85
Deadline to Apply: January 4, 2021

University of Waterloo

Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) to spend the summer doing theoretical or experimental research at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Work with internationally recognized faculty and students from around the world in a unique, interdisciplinary research community. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary research community, spanning mathematics, computing science, physics, chemistry, and engineering

Levels: All
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & International Students
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: January 5, 2021

Amgen Scholars – Japan 

The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University is eight weeks of intensive research in the sciences. Amgen Scholars will be assigned to one of several Kyoto University departments or interdisciplinary areas that traditionally support science and biotechnology research. These areas may include: biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and neuroscience. Students do not need to have research experience but should be interested in pursuing a PhD.

Levels: Second, third ,and non-graduating fourth year students
Citizenship Requirements: Students from all over the world are encouraged to apply
Deadline to Apply: 2021 Dates TBD


One of the key objectives of the program is to provide current undergraduate students who are committed to or who are considering a career in biology or related sciences and looking to continue to graduate studies, with eight weeks of biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences. Research training and experiences are provided by faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences, which anchors the Life Sciences Program in biology and biomedical science at the National University of Singapore. Students do not need to have research experience but should be interested in pursuing a PhD.

Levels: Second, third ,and non-graduating fourth year students
Citizenship Requirements: Students from all over the world are encouraged to apply
Deadline to Apply: 2021 Dates TBD

RIKEN Center for Brain Science – Japan

The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. Applicants may choose either a two-month laboratory internship (Plan A) within a RIKEN CBS laboratory, or an intensive 5-day lecture course (Plan B) featuring a distinguished international faculty. Those participating in the internship may also enroll in the lecture course.  This year’s theme is “How brains make decisions: Cognitive, Emotive and Societal Factors.”

Typically, around 45 international students are accepted to the Summer Program each year. Attendees have wide-ranging academic backgrounds and are usually enrolled in graduate courses, or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. However, candidates holding other positions are encouraged to apply.

Attendees usually reside on/near the RIKEN campus, where they have ample opportunity to interact with invited lecturers, other attendees and RIKEN CBS researchers. Students unable to provide their own financial support will be considered for travel and accommodation bursaries provided by RIKEN CBS.

Deadline to Apply: 2021 Dates TBD

Research in Switzerland

ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). It is managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. and supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students and to foster the exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors.
Citizenship Requirements: All enrolled students at accredited U.S. or Canadian universities are eligible, but ability to participate will depend on obtaining a visa, if necessary
Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2021

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