Program Schedule

2018 Application Cycle for Japanese Fellows

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Date Activity
By Early December Online Application Opens
February 2, 2018 (by midnight, Japan time) Online Application Deadline & 1 Reference Letter Due
Early March Finalist Interviews
by mid-April Confirmation of 2018 Japanese Fellows

2018 Program Dates for Japanese Fellows (Tentative)

Exact dates for 2018 schedule will be announced by early December 2017 for the six-week program.  Selected participants must be able to participate in all scheduled program activities.  No exceptions to the schedule below are allowed. If you have questions about the program schedule please email

Date Activity
April – May  Submit Visa Documentation to Rice University
mid-June – mid-July Schedule Visa Interviews with U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Japan
June 29 – July 1 Pre-Departure Orientation in Kyoto and Joint Meeting with U.S. Fellows
Mid-August Arrive Tokyo & Check-in to Hotel
Mid-August Pre-Departure Orientation in Tokyo
Mid-August Depart Japan & Arrive in Houston
Gain 1-day as you cross the International Date Line
Mid-August Immigration Check-in & Orientation to Rice University
Mid-August Begin Research Internship Experience at Rice University (5 weeks)
Mid-September Final Presentation of Research Project Poster at Rice
Late September U.S. University Campus and Site Visits in Washington, DC and New York City
(Exact locations and schedule to be announced  in August)
Late September International Flight Departs U.S.
Lose 1-day as you cross the International Date Line
Late September International Flight Arrives Tokyo. Domestic Flight to Kobe.
Late September Closing Ceremony in Kobe (morning) & Depart for Home (afternoon)

Part II Program for Japanese Fellows (Tentative)

Upon successful completion of the program at Rice University, 2018 Japanese Fellows will have the opportunity apply for a Part II program. Those selected as Part II program participant/s would have the opportunity to return to the U.S. for a second research internship experience for approximately 4 – 6 weeks in February – March 2019. The Part II program will be a highly independent experience that will build on all that the Japanese Fellows have learned during their Part I experience at Rice University.

Funding for the Part II program is limited and may vary in each year.  Exact duration will vary based on student and host lab/university availability. More information on applying to and funding for the Part II program will be provided to selected participants in August 2018.

Date Activity
Early Sept. Information on Applying to Part II Program Provided to 2017 Japanese Fellows
Mid-Sept. Applications to Part II Program Due
by mid-October Notification of Selected Participant/s for Part II Program
November – December Coordinate Host Lab Placement & Begin Visa Documentation Process with Host University
Nakatani RIES office will provide assistance but student must submit required
visa and application documentation to host university individually.
January 2019 Apply for Visa with U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Japan
Student must apply individually once they receive DS-2019 form from host university and pay individually for all visa application and SEVIS fees.
February – March 2019 Part II Research Experience at Host University in U.S. (about 4 – 6 weeks)
Exact Dates Determined by Host Lab Availability/Preference

Archived Program Schedules
For more information on what the Nakatani RIES Fellowship experience is like you may want to review the PDFs below of our archived program schedules. Please note that program dates and activities may vary and the information below is provided for informational purposes only.

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