Wagoner Foreign
Study Scholarship

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.

Applicants may propose domestic and remote opportunities but must have an international connection or impact. All Wagoner applicants submitting an international only plan are asked to submit a Plan B appendix with an applicable budget.

Deadline : Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Funding Available : The Wagoner offers up to $15,000  

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 :

  • 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 Burgess Brown (danika@rice.edu)