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Common Questions

Please review the FAQ's before contacting the project leaders or mentors.

Q. How are students selected?
A. Each student who applies to the program will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • GPA Requirements
    • Minimum 2.5 for Undergraduates
    • Minimum 3.0 for Graduate students
  • letters of recommendation
  • degree of commitment to the program, which include pre and post departure activities

Q. When is the application deadline?
A. January 20th of the project year.

Q. When will I be notified if I have been selected for the program?
A. Selected applicants will be notified by email by March 15th.

Q. Does the selection process involve interviews?
A. Shortlisted applicants may be selected to participate in an online interview by the project leaders.

Q. Will I be notified if I am not selected?
A. Applicants who are not selected will be notified by email.

Q. Should a student be from a specific field of study to apply?
A. Students from STEM, STEM Education, Public Health, Social Sciences are welcome to apply.

Q. What is the minimum required coursework to participate in the program?
A. Applicants should be above the sophomore year. Graduate students at any level may apply.

Q. Can I apply if I am graduating the semester after I participate in the program?
A. To be considered for the program, you must be graduating at least a semester after completing the international research activities.

Q. Is US citizenship or permanent residency required?
A. Yes, applicants should be either US citizens or permanent residents.

Q. Who should I contact if I have any questions?
A. For any questions related to this program, send email to


Contact us at
Contact the NSF-IRES Shippensburg University Project Leader Shippensburg University 1871 Old Main Dr. Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1548