2018 Vredenburg Recipients

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:

  • Research
  • Internship (paid or unpaid) OR
  • Service Project

(The Vredenburg Travel Fund does not cover traditional “study abroad” experiences.)

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.

Information Session

To learn more about the Vredenburg Travel Fund, please attend the upcoming Study Abroad Fair:

A previous Information Session has been pre-recorded for easier accessibility. You may view the session here. You may also review the presentation slides from the 12/4/23 Information Session here.

How to Apply

Applications for the Vredenburg Travel Fund are available solely online. Please use the link below to submit your application.

APPLICATION: https://cglink.me/2dh/s82175 (jhed authentication required)

*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 the third week of March. Likewise, if you are applying to one of the programs/exchange partnerships that the Global Education Office (GEO) supports, a representative from GEO should complete the Host Commitment form.


  • 4th Friday in February – Applications (all components) are due by 11:59 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 3rd Friday in March– All applicants will be notified of results by 5:00 p.m.
  • 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.

Undergraduate International Travel Policy:

Johns Hopkins University does not permit undergraduates to travel for university affiliated purposes (e.g. study abroad, research, independent study, internships, field work, etc.) or to use university funding for international travel to “high risk areas” as determined by the Department of State (DOS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), University Risk Management, or other university international travel consultants. This includes countries under a Level 3 (reconsider travel) or 4 (do not travel) advisory with the U.S. DOS/CDC. The university will consider petitions for travel to Level 3 destinations on a case-by-case basis, but not for Level 4 destinations. See the JHU Undergraduate International Travel Policy for more information.

We encourage students to select programs available through the Global Education Office’s program database. If you identify an opportunity on your own, it will need to be vetted and approved by the Global Education Office before you can proceed with your Vredenburg application. To schedule an appointment with a Global Education Office advisor, please email [email protected]. The office provides both in-person and virtual advising appointments every weekday. 


It will be important to see what, if any, type of visa, vaccination proof, and/or other documentation may be needed depending on the proposed project location. It is advised that students begin looking into these things prior to the application deadline as there have been delays in processing.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions, please email [email protected] to speak with the Vredenburg Travel Fund Coordinator.  Additionally, feel free to contact previous recipients (see below) to learn about their experiences.

Previous Recipients

2023 Winners
If you hover over a recipient's name, it is hyperlinked to their email address.
Recipient NameMajorType of ProjectInstitution/HostLocation
Saardhak Bhrugubanda,'24BMEResearchUniversidad Carlos III de MadridSpain
Kiana Bronder,'24BMEResearchUniversidad Carlos III de MadridSpain
Ojas Chahal,'25BMEServiceEWH Summer InstituteUganda
Vivek Chari,'25BMEResearchÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Ariana Diaz,'24MechEResearchUniversidad Carlos III de MadridSpain
Cassie Eckert,'25ChemBEResearchUniversidad Carlos III de MadridSpain
Jacob Martin,'25BME ResearchMax Planck Institute of BiochemistryGermany
Genevieve Mehra,'24MechEResearchUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain
Jordyn Rodriguez,'25MechEResearchNational University of Singapore (NUS) SERIUSSingapore
Shayan Sadiq,'24BMEResearchÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Tiara Safaei,'24ChemBEResearchAmgen Scholar, University of TokyoJapan
Ishir Sharma,'25BMEServiceEWH Summer InstituteUganda
Varen Talwar,'25ChemBEResearchMRC Laboratory of Molecular BiologyEngland
Christine Wang,'24BMEResearchNational University of Singapore (NUS) SERIUSSingapore
Sophia Zhai,'24BMEResearchUniversity of OxfordEngland
2022 Winners
If you hover over a recipient's name, it is hyperlinked to their email address.
Recipient NameMajorType of ProjectInstitution/HostLocation
Leen Alfaoury,'24MechEResearchNational University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore
Sarah Bortel,'23BMEResearchÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Juan Diego Carrizo,'23Mat. Sci. & Eng.ResearchKarolinska Institute
Cristina De Jong,'23Mat. Sci. & Eng.ResearchTextile Institute at Aachen UniversityGermany
Nehali Gupta,'23BMEService ProjectEngineering World Health Summer Institute
Jakob Heinz,'23BMEResearchUniversity of Zurich
Ashley Koenig, '23BME ResearchNational University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore
Evan LaTourrette-Ghez,'23MechEResearchUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain
Jaechan Lee,'24ChemBEResearchKorea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
Rachel Li,'23BMEResearchÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Ekin Gunes Ozaktas,'24Electrical EngResearchÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland
Tanishk Sinha,'24BMEResearchEMBL Heidelberg Germany
Maria Vabson,'24Electrical EngResearchUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain
2019 Winners
If you hover over a recipient's name, it is hyperlinked to his/her email address.
Recipient NameMajorType of ProjectInstitution/HostLocation
Tayoshe (Simi) Aluko, '21CivilService Project/ResearchEvery Living ThingDar Es Salaam, Tanzania
David Francisco, '21BMEResearchMax Planck Institute and Intelligent SystemsStuttgart, Germany
Kendall Free, '20Mat. Sci. & Eng.ResearchInstitute of Biomaterials and BioengineeringTokyo, Japan
Armstrong Gbessagee, '20ChemBEInternshipVolta IrrigationKigali, Rwanda
Shayan Hemmati, '21BMEResearchEPFLLausanne, Switzerland
Jessica Intile, '21ChemBEResearchUniversity of ZurichZurich, Switzerland
Sandeep Kambhampati, '21BMEResearchHeidelberg UniversityHeidelberg, Germany
Grace Kuroki, '20BME ResearchThe Royal Melbourne HospitalMelbourne, Australia
Madeline Lee, '21BMEResearchHlokomela ClinicHoedspruit, South Africa
Jody Mou, '21BMEResearchETH ZurichBasel, Switzerland
Katherine Smith, '20ChemBEResearchUniversity of Buenos AiresBuenos Aires, Argentina
Andrea Thurnheer, '21ChemBEResearchETH ZurichZurich, Switzerland
Maggie Wang, '21BMEResearchÉcole Normale Supérieure Paris-SaclayCachan, France
2018 Winners
RecipientMajorType of ProjectInstitution/HostTravel Destination
Shubhayu Bhattacharyay '20BME/AMSService ProjectEWH Summer InstituteGuatemala
Colin Bowen '20Env/AMSResearchWINDINSPIRE/Comillas Pontifical UniversityMadrid, Spain
Hongyi (Charlie) Guan '20ChemBEResearchInstitut CurieParis, France
Charles Gulian '19AMSResearchComillas Pontifical UniversityMadrid Spain
Shipra Khatri '19BMEInternshipSiemens HealthcareErlangen, Germany
Min Jung Kim '20BME/AMSResearchUniversity of PaviaPavia, Italy
Cheng-I (Jeff) Lai '19EEResearchUniversity of EdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland
James Li '19BMEResearchEPFLLausanne, Switzerland
Anna Lindsay '19Env.ResearchEPFLLausanne, Switzerland
Jessica Liu '19BMEResearchNUS SERIUSSingapore
Debanik Purkayastha '20BME/CSResearchNUS SERIUSSingapore
Natalia Rincon '19ChemBEResearchEcole Normale SupériuereParis, France
Alison Shapiro '20ChemBEResearchEPFLLausanne, Switzerland
Steven Witkin '20AMSInternshipJulich, Germany
2017 Winners
RecipientMajorType of ProjectInstitution/HostTravel Destination
Alaleh Azhir '19BME/CS/AMSResearchEPFLLausanne, Switzerland
Jae Wook Chung '18ChemBEResearchEPFLLausanne, Switzerland
Callie Deng '18BMEResearchUniversity of CambridgeCambridge, England
Jacob Deyell '18ChemBEResearchInstituto de Investigaciones BiomédicasMadrid, Spain
Lauren Fang '18BMEService ProjectEWHRwanda
William Franceschi '19BMEResearchUniversity of BordeauxBordeaux, France
Sun Jin (Emily) Kim '18CivilResearchNUS-SERIUSSingapore
Bryan Li '19EEResearchNUS-SERIUSSingapore
Gunnar Mattson '19BMEInternshipWyss Translational Center - ZurichZurich, Switzerland
Nathanial McKeever '19MatSci/PeabodyResearchUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdam
Richard Oh '19ChemBEResearchHannover School of MedicineHannover, Germany
Kevin Peters '19MechEResearchEPFLLausanne, Switzerland
Joanna Schneider '18ChemBE/MathResearchImperial College LondonLondon, England
Daniel Vresilovic '18EEResearchEPFLLausanne, Switzerland

*JHU suspended all travel for Summer 2020 and Summer 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.