Graduate students from any node are eligible to apply for internships to work with Network members at other institutions. Internships may be of any duration up to six months.
Applications should include a description of how the internship will be spent, a letter of sponsorship from the proposed mentor at the host institution, and a letter of support from a supervisor at the home institution.
The GEAR Executive Committee meets once a month, usually on the first Tuesday of the month, to review applications to all GEAR programs. Decisions are announced and award letters sent out within a few days of the meetings.
Next meeting: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Deadline for consideration at next meeting: 8 am (US Central Standard Time) Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Use of the programs to attend meetings: the Short Term Visits, Exchanges, or Graduate Internships programs are not intended to fund travel for the sole purpose of attending meetings or conferences. The primary purpose of these programs is to facilitate research interactions between network members at different nodes. Such interactions may however take place at locations and at times that, in addition to the primary purpose of the visit, facilitate attendance at a meeting. When applying to use the programs in this way, the application should emphasize the primary purpose of the visit, i.e. it should make clear which GEAR members will be getting together and for what purpose.
Each successful applicant is required to submit a brief report at the end of the internship describing what was accomplished. Click here to submit your report online.
Please note that the regulations of the National Science Foundation impose the following restrictions on funding by GEAR:
- Foreign participants at nodes outside the U.S. are eligible for funding to travel to U.S. nodes but NOT to nodes outside the U.S.
- Foreign participants at US nodes are eligible for funding to travel to any node.
- U.S. citizens or permanent residents at any node are eligible for funding to travel to any other node.
[A foreign participant is one who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.]