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IRES at Virginia Tech

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the global health context is changing quickly due to COVID-19. All programs are subject to Virginia Tech Policy 1070: Global Travel Policy. Please refer to High Risk Travel – COVID-19: Requesting an Exception to Policy for current procedures and deadlines.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech hosts several International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) programs supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. These programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. These programs include 10-13 weeks of paid summer research at universities overseas. 

While each program budget differs slightly, participants in this paid summer research program typically receive:

  • a stipend for full participation in the summer IRES program
  • housing in host country at no extra cost, usually in university-affiliated dormitories
  • a travel allowance to cover flight costs, based on the actual cost of transportation
  • overseas health insurance