International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

COVID-19 UPDATE:  The International Research Opportunities Program has been suspended until further notice.

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 $6300.

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. 

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 the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) 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. 

Guidelines on faculty mentor eligibility

Criteria for review of applications

Read more about the IROP experience from program alumni