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International Research Opportunities

We have partnered with the UT Center for International Education to offer three unique opportunities for UT students to conduct research abroad!

EuroScholars Program

Spend the fall or spring semester in Europe at one of five top research universities and discover your potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend a semester as a student researcher at one of the top European research institutions. The curriculum will consist of the Research Project (main element), literature review (independent study), elective (if applicable), and a language and culture course at the host university. Each semester a central European Midstay Program (2-3 days) is organized for all students. EuroScholars is looking for outstanding and motivated undergraduate students. A strong interest in an academic/research career and a GPA of 3.4 or higher are also required. Students do not need to have research experience, however, science students should have ample academic experience in a laboratory setting.

UTK Summer International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Choose from 9 countries to spend the summer conducting research. Open to every major, choose from Australia, Chile, China, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, or Spain. All research conducted in English unless otherwise noted.  A research-based internship provides you the opportunity to join an on-going research project for a short period of time, helping to clarify academic, career, and personal interests. You will step into existing projects at various stages of the research process and can engage a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approach. Research-based placements are typically at universities abroad, but you could also be placed in the private business sector, as well as research centers. You should not expect advance personal research projects. Research placements are available in a wide array of fields depending on your interests and academic background. Whether you are studying STEM, the social sciences, communications and any other discipline, we will work with you to find a placement that fits your interests. Open to all majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Listing of disciplines and countries.

Research In Arts

The Research in Arts Scholarship represents a creative partnership between the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the School of Art, bringing together two elements: financial support and comprehensive training in research skills and professional development. Under the direction of School of Art faculty member Mary Campbell and OUR program directors, Research in Arts Scholarship recipients participate in the School of Art Art History in Paris (ARTH 173) and produce research-based art projects from idea to installation. Research in Arts Scholarship is a two-semester initiative that involves a summer study abroad component followed by the completion of a research-based art project during the fall semester. Research-based art projects include the following work products: final work of art, supplementary research poster, research proposal, and the development of a research project web page on the OUR website. Open to all majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

International Research Scholarships

The Office of Undergraduate Research will be offering last dollar scholarships to support these three programs.

EuroScholars: Up to $2,000 for students accepted as EuroScholars

UTK Summer International Research Opportunities Program: Up to $750 for students accepted in the program.

Research in Arts: Up to $1,500 for students who agree to complete a research project during and after the experience


The application is available here. The deadline for fall travel is April 6th of the same year. The deadline for spring travel is October 14th the fall before. The deadline for summer travel is March 5th in the same year.

If multiple students pursue the scholarship for the same semester, a competition will be held and additional information will be sought from each applicant.

The Center for International Education offers additional scholarships for research abroad. Check out their site.