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Basque Graduate Scholarships

In coordination with the Basque Studies Program and the Boise Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Boise State University’s Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Geosciences, Hydrology and Geophysics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs are proud to offer scholarships to qualified Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) applicants from the Basque Country. The Basque Graduate Scholarship Program was established to promote the strong connection between the Basque Country, Boise, Idaho and Boise State University. The scholarships, also known as assistantships, provide students up to $27,000 per year plus coverage of tuition and student health insurance premiums.

Students that have a Bachelor of Science degree (M.S. Applicants), or a Master of Science degree or Licenciatura (Ph.D. Applicants) in any engineering field, computer science, physics, earth sciences, chemistry, the life sciences, or mathematics by May 2017 are encouraged to apply for Fall 2017 admissions.

Boise’s Basque Community

While visiting Boise for the 2015 Jaialdi, the president of the Basque Country, Iñigo Urkullu, stated “Boise is the city outside of the Basque Country where the presence and Basque influence, both in politics and in culture, are felt the strongest.“

Basques have immigrated to the Boise area for over 100 years resulting in one of the largest settlements of Basques outside of Spain. The mayor of Boise, Dave Bieter, is thought to be the first mayor of a large U.S. city of Basque descent. The strong connection with the Basque Country is fostered by the city, Boise State University and the Basque community which partner on many projects. Boise State University’s Basque Studies Program, which is partially supported by the Basque government, strives to preserve and promote the Basque culture by hosting learning and collaboration opportunities.

How to Apply

Submit the preliminary application by email to Mr. Chad Watson ( The preliminary application enables candidates to apply to a graduate program of interest prior to taking the GRE and TOEFL exams and without incurring any expenses. Submit by 15 January 2017 and include the following:

  • a completed application form
  • resume or curriculum vitae
  • unofficial transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation from professors
  • a statement of purpose no longer than two pages describing your education and technical background, motivation for graduate study, research interests and career goals.

Based off the merits of submitted preliminary applications, Graduate Programs will make scholarship recommendations. Notifications are expected to be made by 15 April 2017. Applicants recommended for the Basque Graduate Scholarship will be invited to submit a formal application. The application process can be initiated by going to the “How to Apply” webpage. Upon satisfactorily completing the application and demonstrating adequate levels in the GRE and the TOEFL English language proficiency exams, a scholarship offer will be made pending an admissions recommendation from the Graduate Program and approval by the Dean of the Graduate College.

We look forward to meeting our newest Basque Graduate Scholars in August 2017 and showcasing what makes Boise, Idaho and Boise State University the place to be!

Boise State Research

Biological Sciences:

The biology, raptor biology, and ecology, evolution and behavior graduate programs leverage Boise State’s broad foundation in biosciences to address problems that impact life. The research opportunities afforded by these programs are enriched by Boise State’s proximity to important, unique and diverse natural areas, and its existing partnerships with state, federal and international agencies and organizations.

Civil Engineering:

The Civil Engineering Graduate Program provides an accessible, high-quality education that prepares graduates to solve the complex challenges facing our world. The program supports research initiatives in environmental, hydrologic and water resources engineering, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering and fluid mechanics.

Computer Science:

In response to the needs of local, regional and national industry partners, the Computer Science Graduate Program and its research portfolio has grown rapidly. Research specialties include artificial intelligence, big data, data visualization, information retrieval, parallel and distributed computing, security, software engineering.

Electrical and Computer Engineering:

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program fosters a culture of innovation. Research teams are making advances in amorphous electronics, CMOS photonics, electrical energy storage, wireless sensor networks, nanoionic electronics, neuromorphic interfaces, plasma devices, thermal-electric devices, animal biometrics, neuromorphic architectures, compressive sensing. embedded systems, reconfigurable computing, and systems on reconfigurable devices.

Geosciences and Geophysics:

The Geoscience, Hydrology, and Geophysics Graduate Programs strive to engage students in a rich and productive educational experience which is augmented by integrating the global laboratory into the curriculum. The research emphasis of these programs seeks to advance understanding of the Earth and its environment, and address societally relevant problems such as climate change, human-environment interactions, and alternative energy sources.

Materials Science and Engineering:

Education through research is a hallmark of the Materials Science and Engineering graduate program. The program supports substantive research opportunities in materials for energy applications, materials for extreme environments, radiation materials science, DNA nanotechnology, nanoscale fabrication, electronic memory materials, semiconductor device reliability, shape memory alloys, materials characterization, and materials modeling.

Mechanical Engineering:

Mechanical Engineering faculty and graduate students work on socially relevant, technically challenging projects in the fields of tissues mechanics, biomedical sensors, biomechanics, microelectrical mechanical systems, advanced materials,  high-performance thermal science and fluid flow computer modeling.


Robust facilities and partnerships support research initiatives at Boise State. In the many modern teaching, research, and computer laboratories, faculty offer students hands-on learning and research opportunities. Here you will find world-class labs, state-of-the-art research equipment and computing environments. Beyond Boise State, our collaborations with regional, national and international universities, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, the Idaho National Laboratory, and local industry including Micron, Hewlett-Packard, Simplot, and a host of other private and public institutions provide students with an enormous variety of research intensive facilities.

We invite you to learn more about the research opportunities, facilities, and graduate faculty within the graduate program that aligns with your background and interest.

For more information on the Basque Graduate Scholarship Program, contact Mr. Chad Watson at or 208-426-4897.