Program Schedule

2017 Application Cycle for U.S. Fellows 

Date Activity
by Early November Online Application Opens
January 12, 2017 Online Application Deadline & 2 Reference Letters Due
mid-February Finalist Interviews
by mid-March Notification of 2017 U.S. Fellows

For more information and to access the online application see Apply Online.

2017 Program Dates for U.S. Fellows (Tentative)

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
by mid-March, 2017 Notification of Participants
April 9, 2017 Online Pre-Departure Webinar
Mid-April – Early May Submission of Pre-Departure Documentation
By Evening of May 10 Arrival Into Houston
May 11 – 12, 2017 Orientation Program at Rice University in Houston, TX
May 13, 2017 International Flight Departs U.S.
Los one day as you cross the International Date Line
May 14, 2017 International Flight Arrives Japan
May 15 – June 3, 2017 3-week Language & Culture Orientation (Location TBA)
June 4, 2017 Travel to Research Host Laboratories in Japan
June 5 – August 4, 2017 Research Internship Experience
July 1 – July 5, 2017 Mid-Program Meeting (Location TBA)
August 4, 2017 Final Day of Research Internship
August 5 – 6, 2017 Final Weekend in Japan
By evening of August 6, 2017 Arrive Tokyo & Check-in to Hotel
August 7, 2017 Closing Ceremony in Tokyo
August 8, 2017 Depart Japan & Arrive Houston
Gain one day as you cross the International Date Line
August 9 – 10, 2017 Re-Entry Program at Rice University
August 11, 2017 Presentation of Research Poster at Rice University Colloquium
August 12, 2017 Depart for Home

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.

  • 2016 Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students (coming soon!)


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