About Program – U.S. Students

The 2016 – 2018 Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experiences for Students Fellowship connected undergraduates with the best of science & engineering research in the U.S. or Japan.  The program served as a catalyst for U.S. & Japanese students 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. From 2016 – 2018, a total of 69 undergraduates, 31 from Japan and 38 from the U.S., participated in the program.


U.S. Fellows spent up 13 weeks in Japan in summer from mid-May to mid-August. The program included a 2-day Pre-Departure Orientation at Rice University,  a three-week Japanese language, culture, and society orientation and introduction to research in Tokyo, a nine-week, hands-on science or engineering research internship at a Japanese university, a one-day closing workshop in Tokyo, and a three-day Re-Entry Program at Rice University with the capstone being the presentation of a research poster at a Rice University research symposium.


Institutions Represented: 2016 – 2018 Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students in Japan

Institution Name Participants Institution Name Participants
Bethel University 2 St. Joseph’s College (NY)  1
Brown University 1 Stevens Institute of Technology  1
Carnegie Mellon University 2 University of Florida  1
Case Western Reserve University 2 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa  2
College of William and Mary 1 University of Massachusetts, Amherst  1
Columbia University 1 University of Pittsburgh  1
Cornell University 2 University of Rochester  1
Georgia Institute of Technology 1 University of Texas, Austin  3
Pennsylvania State University 1 University of Wisconsin, Madison  1
Purdue University 1 Washington University in St. Louis  1
Rice University 8 Willamette University  1
Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale 1 Yale University  1

U.S. students are also encouraged to refer to our Other Programs and Funding page for more information on other international research, study, and funding opportunities for science and engineering students. In particular, students may want to review the following programs that have upcoming deadlines in December or early to-mid-spring.

This is only a partial list, consult the Other Programs and Funding page for more information. Program availability, eligibility, and applications deadlines are subject to change and students must carefully review the program website itself as this information is only provided as a resource. 


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