Nakatani Foundation

November 2, 2016 Karen Popp Uncategorized

Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students
Application Deadline: January 12, 2017

Program Dates: May 11 – August 12, 2017

The Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students connects undergraduates with the best of engineering & science research in Japan through a 13-week, summer research internship program that is open to freshman and sophomore students. The program seeks to cultivate an interest in engineering & science research among young U.S. undergraduate students. The program serves as a catalyst for U.S. students who are interested in future graduate study and research and contributes to the development of a generation of globally-engaged scientists & engineers who have the technical and culture skills to contribute to vibrant international research collaborations in the future. Up to 14 students will be selected to participate annually.

The Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students program will include the following program components.

  • Pre-Departure Orientation at Rice University (2 days)
  • Three-week Language & Cultural Orientation in Japan
    • 45 hours of intensive Japanese language study
    • Introduction to Science & Engineering Research Seminars
    • Introduction to Japanese Society & Culture Seminars
  • Nine-week Research Internship at a Japanese university or research institution
  • Mid-Program Meeting in July (3 – 4 days)
  • Re-Entry Program and Final Poster Presentation at Rice University (3 days)
  • Enrollment in Rice University Summer School for 3 credits of Engineering Research (ELEC 490)
  • Alumni Follow-on Project

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for the Nakatani RIES Fellowship sudents must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is at least 18 years old;
  • Be a currently-enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate student in good academic standing at a U.S. institution of higher education;
  • Be majoring in a science or engineering field;
  • Be in their freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate study at the time of application;
  • Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or above;
  • Be able to express a demonstrated interest in international engineering & science research, particularly with Japan;
  • Be able to express a demonstrated interested in future graduate study in a science & engineering field.

Women, underrepresented groups, and students from schools with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply. Community college students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and major in engineering or science are also encouraged to apply.

Benefits: The Nakatani Foundation provides funding for most U.S. student costs including summer school tuition for 3 research credits, international health insurance for duration of time in Japan, domestic airfare to/from Houston, international airfare to/from Japan, all lodging costs, a meal/living cost stipend, seminar and Japanese language course fees during the three-week orientation program, and travel costs in Japan to/from the research internship and Mid-Program Meeting.

Student Costs: Costs that students will pay individually include passport and visa fees (if needed), immunizations (if needed), books, Japanese cell phone rental and usage, living costs above and beyond the provided meal/living cost stipend, independent travel/sight-seeing in Japan, and personal expenses.

Application Deadline: Online applications and two letters of recommendation must be submitted by January 12, 2017 at midnight in your local time zone. For questions, please contact

Click here to begin the application process for the 2017 Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students!

The Nakatani RIES Fellowship is organized by the Nakatani Foundation and is implemented by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University. The program is modeled on the award-winnning 2006 – 2015 NSF-PIRE funded NanoJapan: IREU program. 

Nakatani RIES Fellowship
Phone: +1 (832) 420-2751

Nakatani RIES Fellowship
c/o Aki Shimada
6100 Main St., ECE – MS 378
Houston, TX 7700

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