Eligibility & Selection

Eligibility & Selection – U.S. Fellows

To be eligible to apply for the Nakatani RIES U.S. Fellowship Program students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Be a currently-enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate student in good academic standing at a U.S. institution of higher education;
  • Be majoring in a science or engineering field;
  • Be in their freshman (B1) or sophomore (B2) year of undergraduate study at the time of application;
  • Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or above;
  • Be able to express a demonstrated interest in international science & engineering research, particularly with Japan;
  • Be able to express a demonstrated interested in future graduate study in a science & engineering field.

The Nakatani RIES Fellowship Program is geared towards the needs of young undergraduates who are new to scientific research and study of Japanese language and culture. Prior research experience or study of Japanese language or culture are not required. Women, underrepresented groups, and students from schools with limited research opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply. Community college students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and major in science or engineering are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria – U.S. Fellows

When reviewing applicants the Nakatani RIES program seeks students who:

  • Have a strong and well-defined interest in international research;
  • Have a desire to develop the skills necessary to become a globally-competent scientist or engineer;
  • Have a strong and well-defined interest in pursuit of future research & graduate study in a science or engineering field;
  • Have a strong and well-defined interest in Japan, though no prior Japanese language or culture study is required.

Complete applications will be reviewed by the Nakatani RIES selection committee and Skype interviews will be held with all program finalists.

Potential Research Hosts: Applicants are strongly encourage to review the websites of potential Research Hosts and, within their essays identify, which host lab/s they are most interested in conducting research with.  Host labs and available projects may vary from year to year. Prior research experience is not required but, if you do have prior experience, please share this in your application essays. Students who have prior research experience will be expected to have their former research advisor submit one of the two required recommendation letters.

Fields of Study: Students in any science or engineering major are eligible to apply but applicants are strongly encouraged to review the websites of potential Research Hosts and, within their essays identify, which host lab/s they are most interested in conducting research with.  Host labs and available projects may vary from year to year.

Alumni Profiles: It is also strongly recommended that applicants review the 2016 U.S. Fellow Profiles page to learn more about what the experience of conducting research in the U.S. 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 the U.S.

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 U.S. students who conducted a research internship in Japan.

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