Aronson International Experience Grant

The International Studies Program administers the Aronson International Experience Grants (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’s offer students up to $2,500* to cover travel costs associated with the following activities:

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

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 PI must also be sent to The research plan should indicate the topic to be investigated and as much detail as possible about the research that will be conducted.

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.”


All students officially enrolled as majors in the International Studies Program, except graduating seniors, and are in good academic standing. First-year students who intend to declare the ISP major and are following the degree curriculum may also be eligible for AIEG awards on a case-by-case basis (contact Sydney Van Morgan at for more information).


  • October 15 for intersession and spring projects
  • April 1 for summer and fall projects

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.

“Just In Time” funds may also be available (depending on budget) to support proposals for international activities that arise outside the normal grant competition cycles. These proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and must follow the same guidelines outlined above.

Note: All undergraduates participating in university sponsored international research and/or study projects must meet with a study abroad advisor and register with the Office of Study Abroad. Furthermore, students whose experience is in a country determined to be at high risk by the U.S. Department of State must submit a petition to the Office of Study Abroad.

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 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

Summer 2017 Aronson Scholars

  • Serwah Afranie, Bologna, Italy
  • Aliya, Doctor, Sydney, Australia
  • Juan Gomez, Bologna, Italy
  • Michell Li, Bologna, Italy
  • Cristina Murillo, Madrid, Spain
  • David Saveliev, Bologna, Italy
  • Samuel Sklarin, Bologna, Italy
  • Emily Tatum, Bologna, Italy
  • Robert Ticzon, China
  • Sumera Yego, Bologna, Italy

Spring 2017 Aronson Scholar

  • Rawnag Abdelaziz, Nairobi, Kenya

Intersession 2017 Aronson Scholars

  • Kyla Persky, Florence, Italy
  • Nick Liguori, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Emily Pastrana, Verona, Italy
  • Kate Shadlock, Verona, Italy
  • Lucy Delgado, Brazil

Fall 2016 Aronson Scholar

  • Megan Huynh, Portugal

Summer 2016 Aronson Scholars

  • Dimitri Simes, London, England
  • Aleena Nasir, New York City
  • Mia Berman, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Jiayi (Emily) Sun, Italy and Greece
  • Mallika Iyer, Ethiopia
  • Rebecca Anderson, Beijing, China
  • Jacqueline Fedida, Brussels, Belgium
  • Sophie Mirviss, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Mario Zampaglione, Vienna, Austria
  • Siwen Zhao, Henan, China
  • David Hamburger, UK and Holland
  • Daniel Kim, East Asia
  • Cole Novatt, China
  • Alexander Alm-Pandeya, St. Petersburg, Russia

Spring 2016 Aronson Scholar

  • Lisa Xiao, India