Application for NSF-IRES Plant Science Program

Application deadline: November 20th, 2023

Apply today for an international research experience in Germany in summer 2024, with a $9,000 fellowship, covering travel, accommodation, insurance, living expenses, etc.  As specified by NSF requirements, applicants need to be either US citizens or permanent residents. View a summary and details of this pioneering program. In this application, you will also be able to propose three German host scientists for your research. Review their names in this list.

Required Application Documents
  1. Evidence of US citizenship, nationality, or permanent residence (required by NSF)
  2. Resume and WSU transcript
  3. List of remaining courses prior to graduation, endorsed by the applicant’s academic advisor
  4. Name and contact information of a professor who knows the applicant well (e.g. main supervisor, instructor, etc.) and who is willing to provide a recommendation letter discussing the applicant’s technical skills and potential for research success
  5. One-page motivation letter to describe:
    • career goals
    • rationale to conduct plant science research in Germany
    • any prior experience with research, internships, international education
    • any prior experience with languages and cultures other than American

Heritage Details
  • Native AmericanA person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who would maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • AsianA person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • African American / BlackA person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
  • Hispanic or Latin – A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – A person having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • White A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
  • Two or More Races (Not Hispanic or Latin) All persons who identify with more than one of the above races.