Summer 2021 Updates
Please note that the goal is to support summer travel for 2021. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, plans may change, and the Vredenburg Travel Fund may have to be suspended and/or postponed for summer 2021 at any point. It is important that applicants have “back-up” or alternative summer plans.
Want to travel abroad this summer … for free?
Check out the Vredenburg Travel Fund!
The Vredenburg Travel Fund offers strong Johns Hopkins engineering students the opportunity to apply their engineering, technology, and applied science skills and training in an international setting. The Fund encourages engineering majors of any discipline to broaden their engineering experience by giving them the chance to participate in international experiential activities through collaboration, investigation, and application.
Current engineering sophomores and juniors may apply to for the Vredenburg Travel Fund by proposing an international experience in the form of:
- Internship (paid or unpaid) OR
- Service Project
At the time of travel, selected students will be rising juniors and seniors who will be returning to JHU for at least one full term post-travel.
Projects can be funded to a maximum of $8,000; the typical range of the Vredenburg Travel Fund is between $5,000 and $7,500, depending on the location of the experience. The Fund covers airfare, housing, food, and other reasonable expenses associated with the international experience. Financial need will not be a factor in selection of the recipients and funding of the proposals. However, students with demonstrated financial need may be eligible for an additional stipend upon return.
(The Vredenburg Travel Fund does not cover traditional “study abroad” experiences.)
How to Apply
Applications for the Vredenburg Travel Fund are available solely online. Please use the links below to submit your application. IMPORTANT NOTE: you should submit the Host & Faculty Recommendation Contact Information Form as soon as you have identified those individuals*. Do not wait to submit that portion of the application until the day of the deadline. Once you submit their contact information, Vredenburg will contact the individuals directly to complete the Host Commitment form and Faculty Recommendation form. They must submit their forms by the deadline in order for your application to be eligible. Please review the Vredenburg Project Application Information & Guidelines (see below) to learn what is required for the application process in more detail.
Vredenburg Project Application Information & Guidelines > (.pdf will not open in IE, please use Chrome)
*If you are applying to a separate program (e.g. DAAD/RISE, EWH Summer Institute, etc.) that you believe qualifies for the Vredenburg Travel Fund, you must identify an individual from the organization/program who can serve as the “host” and who is willing to complete the Host Commitment Form. On the form, this individual will need to indicate that you have applied to the program and will be notified of your acceptance in the “host” program no later than March 24, 2021.
- Friday, February 26, 2021 – Applications (all components) are due by 11:59 p.m. on 2/26/21. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – All applicants will be notified of results by 5:00 p.m. (Decisions will not be shared earlier.)
- Late March / Early April – Budgets are reviewed and finalized.
Applicants are encouraged to make alternate summer plans in the event that they are not awarded support from the Vredenburg Travel Fund.
Please listen to the attached recorded information session* for the Vredenburg Summer 2021 cycle. After listening, if you would like to make an individual appointment, email [email protected] to arrange one.
*You will need a JHU email to authenticate and view.
If you have additional questions or are unable to attend an Information Session, please email [email protected] to speak with the Vredenburg Travel Fund Coordinator, if available. Additionally, feel free to contact previous recipients (see below) to learn about their experiences.
*JHU suspended all travel for Summer 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.