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Graduate Internships

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: Monday, July 8, 2019
Deadline for consideration at next meeting:  8 am (US Central Standard Time) Friday, July 5, 2019

Use of the programs to attend meetings [Updated on May 1, 2018]: 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.While such interactions may take place at locations and at times that - in addition to the primary purpose of the visit - facilitate attendance at a meeting, visits of this nature will be given low priority when deciding how to allocate the remaining funds in the GEAR budgets. Please note also that 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.

Graduate Internship Application Form

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:

 [A foreign participant is one who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.]