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Application Eligibility

We encourage talented graduate students enrolled in U.S. universities to apply, including women and students from underrepresented populations in international STEM research.

Students selected for this US-China International Research Experience must meet the following minimum requirements in order to qualify for this program.

Applicants are required to be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • Enrolled in the second year or later of a computationally-focused STEM graduate program;
  • Be proficient in at least one programming language.

Leadership Criteria: IRES intends to prepare U.S. students for international leadership in research. Students applying to the ASSURE site should be highly motivated, willing to learn and develop new research collaborations.

Inter-Cultural Criteria: Students applying to this site should be willing to broaden their: 

  • understanding of the host culture by participating in preparatory lessons, traveling to China and living in local accommodations and interacting with locals, peers, and researchers for 8-weeks.
  • intercultural skills by participating in sessions that challenge students to explore how their experiences shape their beliefs and values.


  • SUM 2020 program suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Applications for SUM 2021 open October 2020.