The CALS Global Fellows program offers virtual opportunities with some of our partners. Please reference the placement listings for the number of available placements and the modality of participation. Please note, the CALS Global Fellows program may not fill all available spots for each opportunity. The CALS Global Fellows program has a limited number of total placements we can fill for each summer term.
The CALS Global Fellows Program supports CALS undergraduate students from any major in pursuit of challenging, professionally-focused summer internships and research placements that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion. Through key partnerships, the Global Fellows Program provides a platform for students to make positive and definable contributions to global organizations and communities.
Acceptance to the program is competitive and a limited number of students are selected each year. Selected Fellows receive a stipend to offset major expenses.
Funding for the CALS Global Fellows Program, UPorto program in Portugal is fully funded.
For details on the estimated cost of this program and more information on possible funding opportunities, visit the cost tab.
Students who are rewarded a CALS Global Fellows Grant will be required to complete 3 parts to the program: a pre-engagement portfolio (completed in Canvas), a continuous 7–8-week internship or research placement in an international setting, and a 1-credit post-engagement course in the first 7-weeks of the Fall 2023 semester (ALS/GDEV 3105).
Suggested majors and/or professional interests: Biological Sciences, Viticulture & Enology, Environment & Sustainability majors with a focus on ecology, conservation and/or wine tourism and applied field work.
Placements: 2-3 (in-person) and 1 (virtual)
CALS partners with the University of Porto, Faculty of Sciences to offer select placements in ecology and viticulture fields.
Get a scientific, natural and cultural experience in Portugal!!
The University of Porto (https://www.up.pt/portal/en) is offering two projects: (1) Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution; (2) Enology and Viniculture. Students will be incorporated into two multidisciplinary teams of researchers at the Campus of Vairão, Vila do Conde, the headquarters of CIBIO (Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources: https://cibio.up.pt) and GreenUP (https://www.fc.up.pt/GreenUPorto/pt).
The fieldwork for project 1 will be based at the recently established Biological Station of Mértola (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083258114632), southern Portugal, in the Natural Park of the Guadiana Valley, a biodiversity hotspot where the Iberian lynx was reintroduced - and the lab work for this project will be at CIBIO.
Project 2 will have visits and fieldwork in the word heritage wine region of the Douro Valley (https://www.patrimoniocultural.gov.pt/en/patrimonio/patrimonio-mundial/portugal/alto-douro-vinhateiro/), while the lab work will be at GreenUP.
These projects will take place within a work environment that is relaxed and open, with students from different countries conducting many different studies in biodiversity, agriculture and evolution. Every Friday there are student and senior seminars to present the work being done at CIBIO and by CIBIO’s guests.
- Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge and research experience in ecology and evolution during undergraduate years.
In 2017, WorldTravel selected Portugal as both Europe's Leading Destination and the World'sLeading Destination. While in Portugal, Global Fellows will live in the world heritage city of Porto. Porto is home to many historical churches, museums, and the other tourist destinations. Tourists often visit the famous beaches and beach caves.
We encourage you to apply to your first-choice program only. There is a space within the application to indicate if you have a second choice. If you are interested in two opportunities that are very different from one another and would prefer to write two statements of purpose, you may upload both to the same application in ONE document. Make sure they are clearly titled with the correct placement opportunity IF you are writing two statements. For reference, click here to review examples of statements from past participants.
You may preview the application without starting an application by clicking on the “preview application” button next to the apply button. All applications contain the same questions and all information related to the program can be found within the experience page. There is no additional information within the application.