About Scholarship Program
The Charles M. Vest NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering International Scholarship Program offers an unprecedented opportunity for international graduate students to work and study at one of nine US universities performing leading research in one or more of the areas described in the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering.
The goals of the Vest Scholarships are to provide a platform to exchange ideas, share problem-solving skills and strengthen international relationships in order to advance progress in some of the most critical global challenges in the twenty-first century.
The Q&A below summarizes this new scholarship program.
What are the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering?
The NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering are 14 ways engineering can change the world for the better in the 21st century—from making solar energy economical to providing access to clean water. The challenges were proposed in 2008 by an international group of leading technological thinkers, from human genome pioneer J. Craig Venter to Google co-founder Larry Page, as a panel convened by the US National Academy of Engineering. Learn more at engineeringchallenges.org.
How will scholarship winners be selected?
Applicants will be asked to submit a personal statement proposing a one-year research and study plan that addresses one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. Winning statements will be those that present the most compelling and potentially impactful proposal, and that map best onto Grand Challenge activities at the participating institutions. Students’ academic aptitude and potential for success will also be an important part of the selection process. For more information, visit the Application page.
What is the timeline of the scholarship competition?
June 15, 2015: Application form opens for 2016-2017 scholarships
October 15, 2015: Applications due for 2016-2017 scholarships
By February 15, 2016: Vest Scholarship winners contacted
Summer 2016: Vest Scholars begin a year of study at their US host institution