Emma Clarke, IROP '18, India
IROP awards support nine weeks of summer research in diverse settings abroad: universities, government agencies, museums, archives, art galleries, archeological and historical sites, research libraries, laboratories, and field sites. By working closely with a UNH mentor, students identify potential research sites and foreign mentors, and address issues of cross-cultural preparation. IROP awards endeavor to support the full cost of research expenses, including travel to the research country and nine weeks' room and board. Total awards vary with project needs and cost of living in the research destination. The average of recent awards is $6000.
The rich experience of visiting another country, another culture, is part of the IROP experience. Your IROP application will require not only a detailed description of your research project and a plan for preparing yourself to do it, but also a plan for how you will prepare yourself, with language and cultural investigation, to engage the country you will visit. Whatever your country of origin, IROP encourages a visit to a country you do not already know well. UNH students from countries outside the U.S. who wish to return to their home countries to conduct research should apply instead for SURF Abroad.
- Please read "What is the difference between IROP and SURF Abroad?" to determine which international research program is right for you.
- Independent research abroad differs from traditional “study abroad” programs in both its rewards and challenges. To learn the distinctions, please read “What is the difference between Hamel Center international research programs (IROP, SURF Abroad, Study Abroad Research Grants) and traditional study abroad programs?”
Students of all majors may apply for an IROP award to fund their research, scholarly, or creative project. Students must be at least junior status (in their third year of full-time college course work), with a minimum 3.0 cumulative UNH/UNHM GPA, at the time of application. See additional details in the Application Guidelines below.
Application Deadline: October 9, 2019 for summer 2020
Applications must be submitted to the Hamel Center office (118 Conant Hall) no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date above.
*Note: Students planning to apply for IROP must first consult the International Research Coordinator — no later than September 11, 2019. Applications submitted by students who have not met with the coordinator will not be accepted.
For additional help with your application, consult our advice for writing an effective research proposal.
Read the Application Guidelines and Budget Instructions before completing the application forms.
- Application Guidelines (complete instructions for preparing an IROP application)
- Application Checklist (a list of all the steps in the application process)
- Study Away Student Eligibility form (to be completed manually and submitted to the student's College Dean before applying for IROP)
- Application Cover Sheet (fillable online)
- Cultural and Language Preparation form (fillable online)
- Budget Instructions and Budget Form (fillable online)
- Foreign Mentor Responsibilities
- UNH Faculty Mentor Memo and recommendation form (student must complete and sign top portion of recommendation form; UNH mentor must complete bottom portion of form, attach letter, and deliver either by hand to 118 Conant Hall, or by email to the International Research Coordinator)
- UNH Faculty Recommendation Form (student must complete and sign top portion of recommendation form; UNH recommender must complete bottom portion of form, attach letter, and deliver either by hand to 118 Conant Hall, or by email to the International Research Coordinator)