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Honors College International Research Scholarship


  • international student-directed undergraduate research in any field (or interdisciplinary!)
  • must go well beyond standard study-abroad or classroom experience
  • your project can include any of the following: research lab experience, creative work, archival research, community-based practice/nonprofit or volunteer work
  • projects with a clearly established affiliation in the host country will have priority



  • great preparation for an Honors thesis or capstone experience
    • deepens your relationship with an NMSU faculty mentor; you’ll rely on that relationship as you develop your thesis/capstone
  • great practice for later Fulbright, Boren or other competitive fellowship or grad school applications 
  • helps acclimate you as a global citizen to the world outside the United States
    • helps you develop international friendships and professional connections



  • start by talking to a faculty mentor/recommender and to Dr. O, director of the Office of National Scholarships and International Education (
  • application components: resume; detailed 2-4-page cover letter; faculty recommendation sent directly to Honors
  • cover letter should address the following topics in as much concrete detail as possible:
    • What’s your research question? How do you intend to try to answer it? Why is this question important, for your discipline and for non-experts?
    • What is your research destination? (Why do you need to go there?)
    • What is your budget, roughly estimated? (include airfare, lodging, and a rough estimate of daily expenses)
    • How much time do you need to do this work?
    • How does this project fit into your personal and professional trajectory?



April 15:               submission deadline for cover letter, resume, faculty recommendation, and any other relevant           information supporting your application

April 19-21:         interviews for finalists

April 23:               announcement of winner


WHO CAN APPLY?         

  • sophomore and junior Crimson Scholars
  • DACC students can apply; must be enrolled at main campus when award begins
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA must be sustained throughout application and fellowship period
  • priority given to students who have taken several Honors courses or are planning to graduate with University Honors
  • international students enrolled at NMSU are not eligible



  • Rigor: student work of the highest quality
  • Commitment to and knowledge of the proposed field of study
  • Commitment to and knowledge of the proposed destination country (language ability may or may not be relevant, depending on the circumstances and destination)
  • Feasibility: timeframe; access to appropriate support and resources in the host country 



  • NMSU follows State Department guidelines regarding student safety and international travel. Please check the State Department and Education Abroad websites to be sure your chosen destination is considered safe.
  • International travel during summer 2021 will depend on each country’s covid-19 status and travel regulations. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Orzoff or Dean Camarena about the HCIS during Covid!