Reference Letter Submission – U.S. Fellows

Thank you for agreeing to provide a reference letter in support of an applicant to the 2018 Nakatani RIES: Research and International Experiences for U.S. Students Fellowship in Japan. Your letter will help us better understand this applicant’s background and interest/motivation in pursuing a research internship experience in Japan.

Reference letters must be submitted by 11:59 PM on January 16, 2018 by 11:59 PM in your local time zone.

Content: To the best of your ability, please address the following in your reference letter:

  • The name of the student that you are submitting this reference letter for.
  • Your name, professional title, and university/organization.
  • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
  • The student’s academic background and/or interest in Japan.
  • The student’s motivation and/or potential in science and engineering.
  • The student’s maturity and ability to work as part of an international and interdisciplinary team.
  • The student’s long-term goals and how participation in the Nakatani RIES program will further these goals (if known).
  • If the student has previously conducted research in your lab, please also address their prior research performance.

Format: Please compose your reference letter on university or organizational letterhead. Letters must be submitted as either an Adobe PDF document (preferred) or Word document (.doc or .docx).

File Name Format: Please use this format for your file name.

  • Student Last Name, Student First Name_Letter_Your Last Name.
  • For example, if this is a letter for Jane Doe and it is being submitted by Prof. Junichiro Kono the file name would be: Doe, Jane_Letter_Kono

Submission: Email your completed letter to

Due Date: Reference letters must be submitted by 11:59 PM on January 16, 2018 in your local time zone.

Questions: If you have questions regarding the submission of your recommendation letter please email

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