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Online Application – U.S. Fellows

The January 12 deadline has passed and the online application cycle for the 2017 Nakatani RIES Fellowship has closed. No further applications will be accepted.  More information on the application cycle for the 2018 program will be available in late fall 2017. Please check back at that time for more details.

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

Required Application Documents 

  • Submit online
    • Online application form
    • Resume
    • Copy of Unofficial Transcript
    • Two Essays
    • List Name & Email Address of Two Reference Letter Providers
  • Two Letters of Recommendation Required
    • One letter must be from an advisor, professor or mentor at your college/university
    • The second letter can also be from your home university or it may be from a high school counselor or teacher, employer or volunteer program supervisor, or other mentor/advisor who knows you well and can speak to your maturity and interest in research in Japan.
    • If you have previously completed a science or engineering research experience, one letter must be from your previous research advisor.
    • Letters may not be submitted by a family member, friend, or other individual whose relationship with you is primarily of a personal nature.

Prior to submission of the online application, students are strongly encouraged to review our Eligibility & Selection Criteria and FAQs pages.

Potential Research Hosts in Japan and Alumni Profiles
It is also strongly recommended that applicants review the lab websites of the Potential Research Hosts in Japan and the 2016 U.S. Fellow Profiles page to learn more about what the experience of conducting research in Japan is like.  This will help you better understand the program overall and may help you as you write your application essays. However, remember that your experience will be unique and different from our 2016 participants.  Research host labs and projects may vary, the members of a research group will change as students graduate and new students join, and each participant’s motivations, personality, and attitude will be different and influence your experience in Japan.

You can also review the student profiles of participants in the 2006 – 2015 NanoJapan: IREU Program as well for additional background on the experiences of other U.S. students who also conducted a research internship in Japan

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