The International Studies Program administers the Aronson International Experience Grant (AIEG). These awards have been made possible through a generous gift from Jeffrey and Shari Aronson as part of the Aronson Center for International Studies. They are designed to make educational opportunities abroad more accessible for International Studies students.

The AIEG offers students up to $2,500* to cover travel costs associated with the following activities:

  • Independent research projects – Juniors and Seniors only (*students in this category may request up to $4,500 in funding)
  • Intersession and summer courses
  • International conferences
  • Internships during the academic year or summer
  • Study abroad during the academic year (some exclusions may apply)

All AIEG recipients will be named “Aronson Scholars” and are required to acknowledge the award in all publications and communications related to the funded project. Suggested wording: “This work/project was supported by an Aronson International Experience Grant from the Aronson Center for International Studies.”


Students must be matriculated at the university, officially enrolled as majors in the International Studies Program, and in good academic standing to apply. First-year students who intend to declare the IS major and are following the degree curriculum may also be eligible for AIEG awards on a case-by-case basis.

Priority will be given to students with documented financial need as determined from information provided by the Office of Student Financial Services and as part of the AIEG application process.

Application Process

Students apply online via the AIEG application. All applicants must submit a resume, a project budget, and a short proposal that describes how the proposed international experience will advance their academic and/or career goals within the field of international studies.

If funding is requested to support a research project overseas, a letter of reference from a faculty sponsor or project principle investigator (PI) must also be sent to [email protected]. The research plan should indicate the topic to be investigated and as much detail as possible about the research that will be conducted.

For more information, contact Dr. Sydney Van Morgan, International Studies Program Director, at [email protected].


  • October 1 for intersession and spring projects
  • March 1 for summer and fall projects

Note: All undergraduates participating in university sponsored international research and/or study projects must meet with a study abroad adviser and register with the Global Education Office before submitting their AIEG application. Furthermore, students whose experience is in a country determined to be at high risk by the U.S. Department of State and/or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) must submit a petition to the Global Education Office.

International students are encouraged to take full advantage of study abroad opportunities by pursuing studies outside the United States and their home countries. Johns Hopkins will not approve study abroad at locations where students have completed secondary education or where they have lived and/or worked within eight years of matriculation at Johns Hopkins. Students who wish to take courses at universities in their home countries will be asked to petition the Faculty Advisory Committee for Study Abroad. Students must present a strong academic rationale for the program.

Past Recipients

Summer 2023 Aronson Scholars

  • Jerome Shangold, Washington, DC
  • Allison Lorentz, Costa Rica
  • Ginger Trask, Paris
  • Stella Lee, Bordeaux, France
  • Nicholas Probst, Madrid
  • Tory Hu, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Khloe Katz, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Vicky Zhu, Beijing
  • Renee Wu, Shenzhen, China
  • Eleni Alvarez, Bologna, Italy
  • Yi Kan, Bologna, Italy
  • Gabriella Martinez, Bologna, Italy
  • Samuel Crankshaw, Washington, DC

Spring 2023 Aronson Scholars

  • Madelyn Kye, France

Intersession 2023 Aronson Scholars

  • Wei Zhou, China
  • Chera Yoon, South Korea
  • Hesu Song, Florence, Italy
  • Michelle Sicard, Brazil
  • Alexia Ostrander, Salamanca, Spain

Fall 2022 Aronson Scholars

  • Madison Bates, Cambridge, UK
  • Bruna Vieira, Paris, France
  • Castalia Vidaurri, Cuba
  • Peter Huang, Toronto, Canada

Summer 2022 Aronson Scholars

  • Davide Donald, Bologna, Italy
  • Rachel Fink, Bologna, Italy
  • Hannah Jeong, South Korea
  • Stella Lee, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Adriana Orduna, Salamanca, Spain
  • Raymond Perez, Bologna, Italy
  • Nicole Rivas, Bologna, Italy
  • Talia Shadroui, Italy
  • Castalia Vidaurri, London, UK
  • Renee Wu, Jordan

Summer 2021 Aronson Scholars

  • Emma Andersson
  • Sigrid Edson
  • Chris Park
  • Alana Barry
  • Amanda Yuen
  • Avi Kirpekar
  • Claire McCrea
  • Claire Mills
  • Daphne Tang
  • Elizabeth Kos
  • Hritamber Chakraborty
  • Josh Lafair
  • Katerina Yang
  • Nichole Calvin
  • Noelle Curtis
  • May Lee
  • Yi Su

Spring 2020 Aronson Scholars

  • Lindsay Ofori, Paris, France
  • Siena DeMatteo, Bologna, Italy

Intersession 2020 Aronson Scholars

  • Lauren Paulet, Bermuda
  • William Leister, Salamanca, Spain
  • Ananya Kalahasti, France, Spain, and Morocco
  • Evan Drukker-Schardl, Israel

Fall 2019 Aronson Scholars

  • Juan Gomez, Madrid, Spain
  • Juliana Berger, Paris, France
  • Malika Dia, Paris, France
  • Austin Cardona, Madrid, Spain
  • Renee Robinson, UK

Academic Year 2019-2020 Aronson Scholar

  • Nana Bruce-Amanquah, Paris, France

Summer 2019 Aronson Scholars

  • Zainub Balla, South Africa
  • David Mejia, Bilbao, Spain
  • Layla Yousef, Cairo, Egypt
  • Sarah Elbasheer, Armenia

Spring 2019 Aronson Scholar

  • Renee Robinson, Oxford, England

Intersession 2019 Aronson Scholars

  • Jonah Giuliano, Bolivia
  • Jiaqi He, China
  • Justine Pinkerton, Berlin, Germany
  • Ramya Prabhakar, Jordan
  • Jonathan Silveira, Cape Verde
  • Caroline West, Salamanca, Spain

Fall 2018 Aronson Scholar

  • Yu Jin (Gina) Kim, Shanghai, China

Academic Year 2018-2019 Aronson Scholar

  • David Saveliev, Oxford, England

Summer 2018 Aronson Scholars

  • Anthony Boutros, Lebanon
  • Julia Dickson, Kosovo
  • Alexander Kaplan, Berlin, Germany
  • Jacob Larochelle, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Constanza Mayz, Fudan, China
  • Giuliana Nicolucci-Altman, Jerusalem
  • Jiahong Yao, China

Spring 2018 Aronson Scholars

  • Sami Ayele, Senegal, France and Italy
  • Woudese Befikadu, Paris, France

Intersession 2018 Aronson Scholars

  • Austin Cardona, Salamanca, Spain
  • Kelsey Ko, Israel
  • Jilliann Pak, South Korea
  • Colin Thrasher, Berlin, Germany
  • Robin Dickey, Berlin, Germany
  • Serena Frechter, Israel
  • Victoria Li, Salamanca, Spain
  • Sherry Sun, Berlin, Germany

Fall 2017 Aronson Scholar

  • Tim Shieh, Copenhagen, Denmark

Academic Year 2017-2018 Aronson Scholars

  • Ethan Greist, Oxford, England
  • Eric Guo, London, England