Vredenburg Travel Fund

Want to travel abroad this summer… for free?

You can apply your engineering, technology, and applied science skills and training in an international setting with a project through 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 for the Vredenburg Travel Fund by proposing an international experience in the form of research, an internship (paid or unpaid), or a service project.

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 the 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. A research opportunity, internship, or service project proposal is required in order to apply.

Finding Opportunities

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.

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. Read the full policy for all details.


Applications to the Vredenburg Travel Fund must be submitted by the 4th Friday in February at 11:59 PM. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted, no exceptions.

You must be logged in to your JHED account in order to access the application.

Program-Specific Requirements

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 or 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.

Award Timeline

All applicants will be notified of results by the 3rd Friday in March at 5 PM.

Budgets for award recipients will be reviewed and finalized in April.

Applicants are encouraged to make alternate summer plans in the event that they are not awarded support from the Vredenburg Travel Fund.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions, please email Vredenburg Travel Fund Coordinator at [email protected].