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Nakatani RIES Fellowship for Japanese Students – Apply Online

Please review the detailed information below and click the link at the bottom of the page to begin your online application.

2017 Application Cycle for Japanese Fellows

Date Activity
by December 1, 2016 Online Application Opens
February 2, 2017 (by midnight, Japan time) Online Application Deadline & 1 Reference Letter Due
Early March Finalist Interviews
by mid-April Notification of 2017 Japanese Fellows

Prior to submission of the online application, students are strongly encouraged to review our Eligibility & Selection Criteria, English Language Requirements, and FAQs pages.

Completing the Online Application
Your online application must be completed in English and must be submitted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 by midnight, Japan time. To complete your online application you will need to submit the following information.

Essays: You will be asked to complete two essays, in English, of up to 6,000 characters (between 1 – 2 pages) as part of your online application.  We strongly recommend you compose these essays first in Microsoft Word or other word processing software so that you may revise and edit your response. It is also highly recommended that you ask a trusted advisor or mentor to proofread your essays prior to submission.

  • Why the U.S.? (1-2 pages): Describe why you wish to participate in an internship program abroad? What aspects of U.S. society or culture are you most curious to learn more about while abroad? How will participation in this program support your English language learning goals?
  • Why Science & Engineering Research at Rice?: Describe why you wish to participate in a science and engineering research internship at Rice University?  What are your specific research interests and what type of research are you most interested in doing at Rice?  How will participating in a research internship in the U.S. impact your future academic or professional goals?

Preferred Host Laboratories at Rice University: You will be asked to list, in ranked order, 3 preferred host laboratories at Rice that you would be interested in working with.  Please see our Research Hosts in the U.S. page for more information.

2016 Alumni Profiles:  It is also strongly recommended that applicants review the 2016 Japanese Fellow Profiles page to learn more about what the experience of conducting research in the U.S. is like.  This will help you better understand the program overall and may help you as you write your application essays. However, remember that your experience will be unique and different from our 2016 participants.  Research host labs and projects may vary, the members of a research group will change as students graduate and new students join, and each participant’s motivations, personality, and attitude will be different and influence your experience in the U.S.

You can also review the student profiles of participants in the 2016 TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University as well for additional background on the experience of Japanese students who conducted a similar research internship program in the U.S.

Reference Letter (in English)
Your application will not be considered complete until we have received 1 reference letter, written in English, in support of your application to the Naktani RIES Fellowship Program.  The person you ask to provide this letter should be someone who knows you well and you can write about your interest in studying abroad in the U.S., science & engineering research, and/or how this program will influence your future goals.

This letter can be submitted by:

– A professor or research advisor/mentor at your current university in Japan
– An English language teacher or other staff member at your current university (for example an advisor in your study abroad or international programs office)
– A high school teacher or counselor
– A current or previous employer or volunteer/internship supervisor
– Reference letters cannot be submitted by family or close friends.

List the name and email address of the individual who will be submitting a reference letter on your behalf below. It is your responsibility to provide this individual with a link to the Reference Letter Submission Page (coming soon).  All reference letters must be received by February 2, 2017 at midnight (Japan time). For  more information see the Reference Letter Submission Page for Japanese Fellows.

Supporting Documents
You will be asked to upload the following documents in your online application.

1. CV or Resume in English (required)
2. Copy of University Transcript in English*
3. Scanned Copy of the Photograph Page of your Passport** (optional/if available)
4. English Language Test Scores (optional/if applicable)

* This document is not required to submit your online application but a copy of your English language transcript/grade record must be received in order for your application to be considered complete and forwarded to the selection committee for review. Please contact your university’s Registrar’s Office to request this document as soon as possible as it may take 1 – 4 weeks for them to process your request. You may opt to either upload a scanned copy of your transcript with your online application or you can send it in via email after the application deadline to (English or Japanese accepted).

** This document is not required to submit your application but, if you do not already have a Japanese passport, we strongly encourage you to apply for one now. If you are selected as a participant you will need to provide Rice University with a scanned copy of the photograph page of your passport no later than May 1, 2017 

Click here to begin your online application for the 2017 Nakatani RIES Fellowship for Japanese Students!

For questions about applying to the 2017 Nakatani RIES Fellowship for Japanese Students please email (English or Japanese accepted).

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