This information is provided as a resource and does not imply endorsement of these programs by Rice University or any other entity. Program availability, eligibility, and applications deadlines are subject to change and students must carefully review the program website itself for the most current information.
Step One: Home University International Programs or Study Abroad Office
If you have not already done so, please visit your home university international programs or study abroad/exchange programs office. This will help you learn more about the array of international programs available to students at your university. These offices may also be able to connect you with English conversation clubs and/or programs that help you mentor or become friends with international students attending your Japanese university. In this way, you can form friendships and speak in English with international students even before you leave Japan!
In addition to the Nakatani RIES Fellowship, the Nakatani Foundation offers a wide array of other related grants and fellowships. These include scholarships to subsidize exchanges for training, research, and study abroad in the field of biomedical engineering and fields related to medical medical engineering measurement technology. Students in relevant fields are strongly encourage to review the Nakatani Foundation’s other program offerings.
Nakatani RIES Alumni – Requesting a Rice University Transcript
Alumni of the Nakatani RIES Fellowship for Japanese students who plan to apply to other programs abroad or who plan to apply to graduate programs in the U.S. are strongly encouraged to include a copy of their Rice University transcript with their application. Alumni of the Nakatani RIES Fellowship may request a copy of their Rice University transcript showing their enrollment and grade in the 3-credit research course they completed as a participant in the program through the Office of the Register. Follow the instructions for requesting a transcript from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC).
Other Programs and Funding Opportunities
The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving. This competition is open to citizens of the United States and Japan as well as to nationals of other countries who can demonstrate strong and serious long-term affiliations with research communities in Japan or the United States. Applicants must hold a PhD or the terminal degree in their field, or have attained an equivalent level of professional experience at the time of application.
Applicants are invited to submit proposals for research in the social sciences and related disciplines relevant to any one or any combination of the four themes below. The themes are:
- Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security: Especially welcome topics include food, water, and energy insecurity; pandemics; climate change; disaster preparedness, prevention, and recovery; and conflict, terrorism, and cyber security.
- Growth and Sustainable Development: Especially welcome topics include global financial stability, trade imbalances and agreements, adjustment to globalization, climate change and adaptation, and poverty and inequality.
- Social, Scientific, and Cultural Trends and Transformations: Especially welcome topics include aging and other demographic change, benefits and dangers of reproductive genetics, gender and social exclusion, expansion of STEM education among women and under-represented populations, migration, rural depopulation and urbanization, impacts of automation on jobs, poverty and inequality, and community resilience.
- Governance, Empowerment, and Participation: Especially welcome topics include challenges to democratic institutions, participatory governance, human rights, the changing role of NGO/NPOs, the rise of new media, and government roles in fostering innovation.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), has launched the ACCJ Internship Portal – an online platform that posts student internship listings from participating ACCJ member companies. The Internship Portal is part of a broader effort to support the call by the United States and Japanese governments for the private sector to encourage greater two-way student exchange. ACCJ member firms are seeking to incentivize study in the U.S. by Japanese students, and in Japan by U.S. students, by providing tangible assistance with entering international careers.
Amgen Scholars Japan Program
Every year, the Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world’s premier educational institutions. Japanese students can apply to the Amgen Scholars Japan Program.
The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships build Australia’s reputation for excellence in the provision of education and research, support the internationalisation of the Australian higher education and research sectors and offer high-achieving Australians opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field. Applications typically open in late April of each year.
There are two main types of internships at IST Austria: 1) independent internships, and 2) ISTernships. Independent internships Students who are either pursuing or have obtained a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in a science subject, and who are interested in doing an internship at IST Austria may apply to the respective group leader directly.
ISTernships: IST Austria offers summer internships to outstanding students interested in basic research in Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Neuroscience and interdisciplinary areas. Candidates must be enrolled Bachelor- or Master of Science students in good standing at a degree granting institution worldwide. They must have completed at least the fourth semester of their bachelor’s studies (before the respective start date). Duration: 8 – 12 weeks between May 15 and September 15.
The Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) Program is an intensive summer research program for talented undergraduate students. Summer Scholars have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research projects, interact with a diverse research team, and to be mentored by leading faculty and technical staff. The program introduces aspiring students to dynamic research resources and methods, RI graduate education programs and research projects. The Summer Scholars program lasts 11 weeks. It begins June 1st and runs through the end of the second week of August. Only scholars who are available for the entirety of that time will be considered. Undergraduate students from both US and international institutions are eligible to apply by completing an online application with attachments (including resume, transcripts, recommendations, and personal statement) from December 1 through January 31 to the RI Summer Scholars Program.
This fellowship is offered by the Embassy of France in the United States allows doctoral students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4-9 months. The program is open to both U.S. citizen and international doctoral students enrolled in a PhD program at an American University. The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health (STEM) for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. Fellowships are also available in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) which targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Deadline is typically mid-January.
Today’s workforce is competitive, diverse, always connected, and rapidly changing. Increasingly, to succeed you must be able to communicate effectively and solve problems collaboratively across cultures. With more than 50 years of experience facilitating exchange programs and services for visitors coming to the United States, Cultural Vistas is uniquely positioned to help individuals gain the hands-on experience to address this challenge and advance their careers. Individuals from more than 135 countries have taken part in our professional exchanges each year.
- American Center Japan in Tokyo: EducationUSA at American Center Japan (ACJ) is one of the standard EducationUSA advising centers in Japan. It is a one-stop shop for students, parents, teachers, and working adults interested in accessing information on studying at higher education institutions and intensive English programs in the United States. For individual advising services, please make an appointment in advance.
- U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka: 福岡アメリカンセンター・レファレンス資料室では、資料室の利用方法や情報の探し方だけでなく、米国についてのさまざまなお問い合わせに応じていますので、お気軽にご相談ください。専門のライブラリアンが、米国の外交、安全保障、政治、経済、社会、さらに環境などの地球規模の問題について、信頼できる情報を迅速に提供します。2011年3月よりアメリカ留学に関する資料の閲覧や無料のアドバイジング・サービスを開始いたしました。アメリカ大学・大学院に関する資料の閲覧や、奨学金などの情報入手をはじめ、個別相談は来館、電話、メールにて無料で対応します。フルブライト・ジャパン（日米教育委員会）の協力の下、アメリカ留学説明会も開催します。アメリカに留学したいけれど、何から始めてよいのか、準備はいつから始めたらよいのか、日本の大学とはどう違うのか、英語は得意ではないけれど留学できるのか、などお気軽にご相談いただけます。
- U.S. Consulate in Nagoya: The Nagoya American Center is part of the U.S. Consulate Nagoya (Public Affairs Section), responsible for carrying out U.S. Government public diplomacy activities in the four prefectures that make up the Tokai region. Our mission is to promote mutual understanding and friendship by providing the Japanese public with information on American foreign and security policy, U.S.-Japan trade and economic relations, American society, politics, and culture through a wide range of programs. Although we do not have any EducationUSA advisor, we offer virtual advising via online conference every month by working with EducationUSA/Fulbright Japan advisors.
- U.S. Consulate in Naha American Corners: The American Corners in Urasoe City and Nago City are a joint partnership between the U.S. Consulate General and the local municipalities. The Urasoe American Corner opened in September 14, 2004. The Nago American Corner opened in March 29, 2005. Both American Corners are located in public libraries and are designed to provide the people of south-central and northern Okinawa Island with information about the United States, its people, language, culture, history, government, and institutions through books, magazines and CDs. The two American Corners also regularly co-host visiting speaker and cultural programs.
- U.S. Consulate in Osaka: EducationUSA Center in Osaka is the official source of information about accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. We help students, parents and teachers through the process of applying to study in the United States. Our district covers Kansai, Hokuriku, Shikoku and Chugoku. Upcoming events and seminars are announced on our Facebook.
- U.S. Consulate in Sapporo: 札幌アメリカンセンターは、在札幌米国総領事館の広報文化交流担当の一部門です。米国務省の「開かれた外交（パブリック・ディプロマシー）」の担い手として米国の社会、経済、政策、文化等の様々な分野に焦点を合わせてイベントを企画・支援し、また情報を提供しております。担当地域は、北海道と東北4県（青森、秋田、岩手、宮城）です。一般に開放されている「札幌アメリカン・センター・レファレンス資料室」では、政治、法律、経済、社会、国際関係、ならびに米国留学に関する情報を提供しています。札幌アメリカンセンターレファレンス資料室にて資料閲覧ご希望の方は事前に011-641-3444に電話で予約してからお越しください。
Erasmus Mundus Master Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Four leading educational institutions in Europe offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (EMM-Nano). The programme offered is a truly integrated one, with a strong research backbone and a very important international outreach. The objective of this course is to provide top quality multidisciplinary education in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The EMM-nano is a two-year, 120 ECTS, English language degree programme. Thanks to its combination of partners, expertise and courses, it offers you a unique integrated master programme, covering all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology, while at the same time allowing you to design an individual study programme with specialization in essentially any field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
France’s President Macron has made available four new funding programs in his “Make Our Planet Great Again” initiative. Here are the program offerings:
- A call for applications for grants to pursue a master’s degree in France (1 or 2 years)
- A call for applications for co-financing of Ph.D. programs in France (3 years)
- A call for applications for co-financing of postdoctoral research contracts (1 to 2 years)
- A call for proposals for funding of short research stays (14 days to 5 months) for international researchers and PhD students
Calls for applications for grants at the master level, for postdoctoral research contracts and for short research stays will close on April 6, 2018. Students will be able to apply for Ph.D. offers from April 5 to 20. Three research topics will be prioritized: earth system sciences, climate change and sustainability sciences, energy transition.
The Fulbright grant has an international reputation built on the principles of binational governance, autonomy, and open competition based on individual merit without regard to the individual’s institutional affiliation, geographical location, race, color or creed. The objective of the grant is not only to enable the recipient to pursue a particular field of study but to develop leaders who can contribute to promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Japan.
- My Fulbright Story (in JP): In addition to experience stories below, please also see the FLTA reports (Japanese only) and the Fulbright Japan Facebook Link Collection. * Stories available only in Japanese.
Today there are far fewer Japanese students pursuing Ph. D. degrees at world-class overseas universities than there are Chinese, Korean, and Indian students, and the Funai overseas scholarship program was set up specifically to encourage greater numbers of Japanese students to study abroad and earn a Ph. D. at foreign universities. Funai overseas scholarships cover two full years of tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 a month for living expenses. From the third year until the conferral of the Ph. D. degree, students receive an annual scholarship of $10,000. Funai offers scholarships within its funding priorities, which focus on science and engineering, life sciences, and economics. The program was launched six years ago with scholarships awarded to two students, but today the foundation supports about ten successful applicants per year. We start accepting applications in June, and the deadline is in mid October.
The DAAD provides scholarships, informs about study and research in Germany, promotes university cooperation and supports German study programmes abroad. Here, you will find more detailed information on the work of the DAAD in Japan and our office in Tokyo. You can view this website in Japanese or in English.
This funding program addresses postdocs of all nationalities, who see their future career in Germany, but who first wish to spend some time researching abroad. Funding is provided for 18 months, of which 12 have to be spent abroad and 6 at a German university. PRIME is open to both Germans and foreigners, no matter whether they are currently living in Germany or abroad. You are eligible to apply if you already hold a PhD or if you will have completed your PhD before the prospective starting date of your PRIME fellowship. Applications are due in late August.
A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 500 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually. Short-term study visits, participation in congresses and training courses cannot be financed. Academics from developing and emerging countries may be eligible to apply for a Georg Forster Fellowship.
Global E³ is an exchange program for engineering students: a student can study abroad while continuing to pay tuition at home. With member universities in 24 countries, students at over 70 universities have the opportunity to study abroad. Global E³ exchanges about 250-300 students a year. To be eligible to apply, your home university in Jmust be a member of the Global E3 Consortium.
In Japan, the only university that is a consortium member is Tohoku University.
- 日本人留学生奨学生: 海外の大学等に留学する日本人が対象
- 外国人留学生奨学生: 日本の大学に在学する外国人が対象
- 外国人招致留学生奨学生 : 日本の大学に交換留学をする外国人が対象
海外の大学院へ留学する日本人留学生に対する奨学金。 主として博士号取得を最終目的とする留学生に、奨学金を支給いたします。 すでに留学中の方が海外から応募することも可能です。
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology – International Visiting Internship Student Program (IVISP)
The Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship supports up to two years of mid- to long-term study (1 semester/2 quarters or longer) and provides up to $50,000/year. To be eligible to apply, students must be:
- Current University of Tokyo students (undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral candidate) or students who have graduated or are about to graduate UTokyo.
- Wish to study at a U.S. university for 1 semester/2 quarters or longer.
- Eligible majors/specializations include all areas of academic study.
The application deadline is February 15 in the year the study abroad will take place and one letter of recommendation is also due on this date.
日米学生会議(Japan-America Student Conference－JASC)は、日本初の国際的な学生交流
Japanese Medical Society of America Scholarships
The Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) is a group of medical and health care professionals with a knowledge of Japanese language, culture or customs. JMSA members are also proud supporters of local community efforts and educational scholarships. The JMSA is dedicated to promoting the exchange of medical and educational information between the US and Japan, as well as in providing valuable medical information to the general public. Many donors, from private individuals to large companies contribute each year to the JMSA scholarship fund to support the education of medical professionals.
To foster highly capable researchers with wide international perspectives, this fellowship gives excellent young Japanese researchers an opportunity to carry out long-term research at an overseas university or research institution.
- JSPS also offers Overseas Research Fellowships―Restart Research Abroad (RRA), a new program to be launched in FY 2016. Young Japanese researchers who have suspended their research activities due to life event (marriage, childbirth, child raising, nursing, caregiving) are eligible to apply for an RRA fellowship.
- JSPS Overseas Challenge Program: This program gives doctoral students an opportunity to go overseas to challenge a new research environment, one in which they engage in joint research with researchers in other countries over a period of three months to one year. In this way, the program contributes to the fostering of young researchers who possess abundant international experience and can be expected to play leading roles in the wider scientific arena. Open to all fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences
- JSPS Program for Advancing Strategic International Networks to Accelerate the Circulation of Talented Researchers: This program works to foster excellent young Japanese researchers who will form the nucleus of networks that are formed by Japanese research groups with a high degree of potential, that draw upon the international circulation of good brains, and that carry out international joint research with top-ranked overseas research institutions. It does this by supporting Japanese universities and research institutions with programs to dispatch for long stays young Japanese researchers to counterpart countries and to invite researchers from those countries to Japan.
- All Other JSPS Funding Opportunities: See the agency website for full details on all other programs to support Japanese researchers and students.
The 2018 Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative is now accepting applications! JWLI-II offers an executive leadership development program that transforms Japanese women to be action-oriented leaders with confidence to lead, skills and knowledge to manage, and a plan to make social change in Japan. The program targets Emerging women leaders of the Japanese social sector – nonprofit staff, a social entrepreneur, CSR staff of a for-profit company, or a municipal government employee.
Ideal candidates are women with the following minimum qualifications. Apply by January 15, 2018.
- Over 5 years of professional work experience
- Clear dream vision to make positive social change in Japan
- Strong desire to take a leadership role
- Action-oriented mind
- Strong interest in learning about leadership and management in American nonprofit organizations and the U.S. social sector
- Previous work or volunteer experience with nonprofit organizations or social enterprises
- Emotional maturity and ability to be a team player
- Based in Japan with Japanese citizenship or permanent residency
- Strong communication skills in English (abilities to actively engage in discussion and to writer a multi-page document are required)
公益財団法人 経団連国際教育交流財団（理事長：藤川淳一 東レ常任顧問）は、経団連第２代会長の故石坂泰三氏の業績を顕彰し、教育面における国際交流を通じてわが国と諸外国との相互理解の促進に資することを目的に、1976年に設立された。また、2011年12月1日に公益財団法人への移行登記を行い、名称を「財団法人 国際文化教育交流財団」から現在の名称に変更するとともに、その事業内容を見直した。
For Japan, four annual fellowships are awarded each year to women at the doctoral level in life and material sciences fields. Maximum age is 40 years old and you must be Japanese to apply. Next call for applications will open in November with applications due in February.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talents are presented to fifteen promising young women, from each world region (Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America), in order to support and encourage them to pursue their scientific careers. They were selected among the best National and Regional fellows.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talent program is dedicated to both honoring distinguished women scientists as well as supporting promising young women researchers throughout their careers. Fifteen Ph.D. students and post-doctoral Fellows are chosen from among the winners of the 275 fellows selected locally by L’Oréal subsidiaries and UNESCO around the world, these young researchers are indeed the future of science.
The International Rising Talents are already making significant contributions in disciplines as varied as ecology and sustainable development, physics, pharmacology, epidemiology, medical research, neuroscience and evolutionary biology. This online registration platform will respectively enable you to apply to the International Rising Talents program, or to participate in the selection process. The next call for application will open in early August.
NEW! – New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Scholarship 2018
On behalf of The New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society, Inc (HNMS), JMSA is excited to announce the first Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Scholarship. Applications are now being accepted. Applicants must be a graduate student who is seeking MD and/or PhD degrees or non-faculty fellow with an MD and/or PhD degree(s) planning to do life science research and be already admitted to a PhD program in the U.S.
This scholarship is designed to support young scientists from Japan to pursue a research career in the US. The New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society, Inc. (HNMS) was established in 2013 with the mission and goals: 1) to ensure the preservation and upkeep of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi’s graveyard and its monument. 2) to inspire and support the Japanese children and students who aspire to study medicine in the United States. 3) to pass on Dr. Hideyo Noguchi’s achievements in medicine and his inspiration to future generations. 4) to strengthen cultural ties and connections between the United States and Japan.
HNMS is dedicated to awarding a scholarship award each year to a young scientist in life science that upholds the principle that guided Dr. Hideo Noguchi- “Through devotion to science, he lived and died for humanity” HNMS is seeking outstanding applicants who are constant with its mission and goals.
See program website for information on current scholarship programs.
The OIST Graduate University offers an individualized PhD program providing a secure foundation in the fundamentals of your field, with unparalleled opportunities for cross-disciplinary research. We recognize every student as a unique individual and take this into account in the design of each student’s program. OIST offers students excellent access to the research resources they need for cutting edge research, on a par with other users. The latest equipment is available together with training and support by experts. A host of major facilities such as a clean room with extensive facilities for material analysis and fabrication, genomics and metabolomics centers, high-performance computing, an animal center, and a range of imaging in optical, electron, and X-ray modes ensures that we have the equipment to advance your research.
The university guarantee research assistantship support for all students, but students are also strongly encouraged to apply for external grants and fellowships. In order to reward success, financial support provided by the university will be used to supplement external fellowships, up to a maximum of 3.0 million yen total, which is 0.6 million yen above the standard level. There is an obligation on students to report fellowships to the Graduate School Office.
In addition to the OIST Doctoral Program, seminars, and workshops, the OIST Graduate School offers education and research opportunities through a system of undergraduate and graduate placements as Research Interns. These short-term placements as a Research Intern give talented students the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique. They work under the direction of a Professor at OIST and contribute to the research activities of OIST. Places for Research Interns are awarded four times a year on a competitive basis, with application typically six months in advance. The program is open to both Japanese and international students.
Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. With the inaugural class enrolled in 2016, the program gives the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes are taught in English. Students pursue a Masters in Global Affairs, with concentrations in one of the disciplines:
- Public Policy
- Economics and Business
- International Studies
Students spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.
The Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award (SIPGA) supports short-term research attachments for top international students at A*STAR, giving you the unique opportunity to experience the vibrant scientific environment in A*STAR Research Institutes and Consortia, and work with distinguished and world-renowned researchers. Open for application by international students in Biomedical, Science and Engineering related disciplines who are undergraduate students in their third or fourth year, or Master students.
Singapore is the gateway to some of the fastest-growing economies in the Asia Pacific region. And with the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA), you can pursue your PhD education in Singapore, establish global links and take your research career to greater heights. A joint collaboration between A*STAR, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), SINGA fosters a vibrant and culturally diverse research community of international students.
Under SINGA, you’ll receive PhD training at an A*STAR Research Institute or one of the three top universities in Asia – NUS, NTU or SUTD. You’ll be working in a multi-cultural environment alongside distinguished and world-renowned researchers in state-of-the-art facilities. Pursue your PhD education in Singapore with SINGA and take your research to greater heights.
Research areas under the PhD Programme fall broadly under two categories:
- Biomedical Sciences; and
- Physical Science and Engineering.
Open for application to all international graduates with a passion for research and excellent academic results; good skills in written and spoken English; and good reports from academic referees.
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) in Switzerland aims to attract students to the heart of Europe where renowned Professors strive for excellence in research and international recognition. In this context, EPFL inaugurated a highly attractive internship scheme in 2013 for talented students currently enrolled at internationally acclaimed universities enabling them to spend 3 months (maximum) in any laboratory on campus starting in May at the earliest every year.
Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).
The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree. Calls for proposals are released in September and application deadlines vary by home country and fall between September – December for scholarship awards that will begin the following September. (e.g. apply by October 2018 for a scholarship start date of September 2019).
Each summer ITRI hosts around 30 international students for internships of 2-3 months. ITRI also offers a limited number of longer internships of 4-6 months during Spring, Summer, and Fall.
As globalization accelerates, Japanese companies are endeavoring evermore to strengthen their presence overseas. However, with the relatively low and decreasing number of Japanese university students studying abroad, roughly 70 percent of Japanese companies with operations outside of Japan say they are finding it difficult to secure and develop globally minded talent. In response, as part of the Japan Revitalization Strategy decided by the cabinet in 2013, the Japanese government is aiming to double the number of Japanese students studying abroad by the year 2020. Although the number of such students is increasing, there is still a long way to go.
To help achieve its objective, the government launched in October 2013 Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Study Abroad Initiative, a public-private effort for the future of Japan. This initiative—which hopes to make Japan a nation in which all ambitious youths can go global—offers various opportunities for students to embrace the chance to study abroad. A standout among these opportunities is the Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Young Ambassador Program. This program provides scholarships and other aid with the help of private-sector contributions aiming to collect 20 billion yen. The goal is to help 10,000 young “ambassadors” leap for tomorrow by 2020.
- Tatsuya Tanaka (2016 Nakatani RIES JP Fellow) received a Tobitate scholarship to return to Rice University in the fall of 2017 to conduct research as a visiting graduate research intern in Prof. Tayfun Tezduyar’s lab. He further research at Rice University directly relates to and supports his master’s degree study and research at Waseda University. For more, see our Alumni Updates page.
TOMODACHI Initiative Programs
The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. We seek to foster a “TOMODACHI generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.
- TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference
- TOMODACHI Generation Student Engagement & Alumni Page & Social Media
- TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program
- TOMODACHI Microsoft iLeap Social Innovation & Leadership Program
- TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program for Study Abroad
- What’s New?: See up to date listing of all programs currently accepting applications
- Educational Programs
- Cultural Programs
- Leadership Programs
The TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University for Female Students is a five-week research internship program for 10 female undergraduates from Japan who are majoring in science & engineering (S&E). Held at Rice University in Houston, TX, the program will enable students to gain real world experience with S&E research, provide an introduction to U.S. higher education and provide opportunities for cultural engagement and collaboration with U.S. students. The program will serve as a catalyst for female Japanese students interested in S&E study and research and engagement with the U.S. through international research collaborations.
TOMODACHI STEM Program @ Rice University は、日本の大学で理系学部を専攻する女性の大学生１０名を対象とした５週間の研究インターンシッププログラムです。同プログラムは、テキサス州ヒューストンにあるライス大学にて行われ、大学の研究室に属して最先端の研究活動に触れると同時に、アメリカの高等教育システムを体験し、米国人学生との交流活動を通して言語や文化を学ぶ機会を提供します。このプログラムは、国際共同研究を通じて、理工学研究に興味を持つ日本人女子学生に、アメリカとの連携のきっかけを提供することを目的としています。
UN Careers: Internship Opportunities
If you are thinking of entering the world of diplomacy and public policy, an internship at the United Nations could be the ideal start for you. The objective of the internship is to give you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations. You will be given a real chance to work with our people. As part of our team, working directly with outstanding and inspiring career professionals and senior management, you will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organizational policy of the United Nations. Initially you will take on the amount of responsibility you can shoulder; the potential for growth, however, is yours to develop.
University of Waterloo (Canada) – Undergraduate Research Award (URA) and Undergraduate Summer School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP)
Summer School: USEQIP is a two-week program on the theoretical and experimental study of quantum information aimed primarily at students one year away from completing their undergraduate studies. The lectures and experiments are geared toward students in engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, though all interested students are invited to apply. The program has space for 25 students. Accommodations and meals are covered, and bursaries are available for travel expenses.
Undergraduate Research Award: If you are an undergraduate and would like the opportunity to work alongside a faculty member or a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), you should apply for the Undergraduate Research Award (URA). Our faculty are interested in working with exceptional, motivated students from a wide range of scientific backgrounds. This is a unique opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary research community. Students can apply jointly to the URA and the USEQIP summer school.
The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) is a binational advisory panel that serves to elevate and strengthen the vital cultural and educational foundations of the U.S.-Japan relationship, and to strengthen connections between U.S. and Japan leadership in those fields. It works to ensure that the best of new ideas for cultural, educational and intellectual activity and exchange are implemented as operational programs.
The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund/Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan. A generous endowment gift of $10 million from Mr. Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe to the U.S.-Japan Council makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications.
Beginning this year scholarships will be awarded to both American and Japanese undergraduate students who are pursuing international study in either the United States or Japan.
- Applications will Open: January 1, 2018
- Application deadline: February 15, 2018 11:59PM EST
We will be holding virtual information sessions for interested U.S. and Japanese applicants as well as university/college administrators in early December. Please see the dates below:
- Wednesday Dec.6th @ 6PM EST
- Monday Dec 11th @ 3PM EST
- Saturday Dec. 9th @ 10AM JST
- Saturday Dec. 16th@10AM JST
- Wednesday Dec. 13th @ 9:30AM JST (Japan admins)
- Wednesday Dec. 13th @ 4PM EST (US admins)