Application Overview

Application Overview – U.S. Fellows

Please review the information below and click the link at the bottom of this page to access the online application for the 2018 Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students.

2018 Application Cycle for U.S. Fellows

Date Activity
by Mid November Online Application Opens
January 16, 2018 Online Application Deadline & 2 Reference Letters Due
mid-February Finalist Interviews
by mid-March Notification of 2018 U.S. Fellows

Required Application Documents 

  • Submit via Online Application Form
    • Online application form
    • Resume
    • Copy of Unofficial Transcript
    • Essays
      • Why Nakatani RIES?
      • Why Research?
      • Long-term Goals?
      • Maximum Length for All Essays: About one and a half pages, double-spaced (2,500 character limit, including spaces in the online form)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation Required – Due by January 16
    • Applicants must provide letter writers with a link to our Reference Letter Submission page for submission instructions.
    • 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/current 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.
    • All letters must be received by January 16, 2018! 

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

Prior to application students are strongly encouraged to carefully review the websites of potential research hosts in Japan and website profiles/weekly reports of our past participants.  This will help you better understand the program overall and may help you as you write your application essays.

Remember, your experience will be unique and different from our past 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. No two student’s experiences will be exactly alike.

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