International Research & Education Participation (IREP)

The International Research and Education Participation (IREP) Program assists students in developing an understanding of global perspectives critical to the future of the STEM workforce through international research experiences. IREP encourages students to seek funding and assemble a package of support through multiple sources, and New Mexico AMP provides small scholarships to complete the total funding needs.


To qualify for this support, students must work with their research mentors (domestic and international) to plan the project and determine anticipated expenses. Many students begin this process with the support of their faculty mentor, who may have funding as well as international collaborators through his or her research program. Students are expected to leverage funding from multiple sources to support their international experience. The New Mexico AMP Institutional Coordinator is available to assist students to identify funding opportunities and to support the planning process.

Who Qualifies?

Any student majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) major is eligible to apply. Preference for IREP Scholars funding will be given to minority students who historically have been underrepresented in STEM: African Americans or Blacks, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Hispanic or Latinos, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or possess status as national, refugee alien, or permanent resident alien in accordance with Section III C of Program Solicitation NSF 03-501.  All participating students must be enrolled in a STEM discipline and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 at the beginning of the semester. Students from New Mexico community colleges as well as four-year institutions are eligible to apply.

Funding Requirements/Guidelines

  • Present at the New Mexico AMP Conference (typically late September/early October).
  • You may be asked to complete an online survey upon your return.
  • You may be asked to participate in a Focus Group to share your experience and help us to evaluate success of the IREP Scholars leveraging funding opportunity.
  • You may be asked to complete a “Trip Report” (a form that asks you information on your experience & knowledge gained from your trip.
  • This is not a scholarship. Approved “out of pocket” expenses will only be reimbursed with receipts.

How Do I Apply?

To apply for the New Mexico AMP IREP Scholars funding, please complete the application (see below) and budget form. In addition to completing the forms, please attach a current unofficial transcript and a Project Abstract to complete your application package. Your faculty mentor and New Mexico AMP Institutional Coordinator must review and sign your application prior to submission.