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Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship/Leebron Smyth

The Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship, founded by Rice alumnus James T. Wagoner ('29), provides students and alumni with the opportunity to conduct research abroad for a minimum of eight weeks and up to one year.

A research project may be combined simultaneously with the advanced study of a language (400 level or above); or an introductory level of languages not offered at Rice. Funding is available up to $15,000 per award (Note: funding is considered taxable income). The Wagoner only supports university enrollment when it is required to get a visa in the host country.

Deadline: Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 11:59pm

Funding Available: The Wagoner offers up to $15,000 and the Leebron-Smyth offers up to $5,000.  

Where you can study/travel: Global options

Who is eligible: Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent alumni/ae are eligible to apply for the Wagoner. ***Note: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will administer selection of graduate students for the Wagoner Scholarship and that information is here. Returning undergraduates are eligible to apply for the Leebron-Smyth award. 

How to apply:

Applications are accepted through Apply Now.

  • 1 page, single-spaced personal statement
  • 2 page, single-spaced statement of purpose that describes your project and addresses how it will enhance your academic development
  • Annotated budget with a summary of additional financial resources and pending scholarship applications
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial transcript
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Letter of affiliation from abroad

Selection Process: Faculty committee will review applications and shortlist candidates. Multiple winners selected.

Contact: Dr. Danika Brown Burgess and Fatima Raza  

Info Session: Presentation

Info Sheet: Application Components 

Application Workshops: 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 3-4:30 for new applicants Location HUMA 117

Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 3-4pm for modifying applications (i.e. Fulbright, Watson) Location Herman Brown Hall 427