Program Funding

Nakatani U.S. Fellows – Program Funding

Costs Paid for by the Program

Tuition & Fees: Application fee & tuition for enrollment in a 3-credit research course through the Rice University Summer School.
Insurance: International health & personal liability insurance for the duration of the time abroad. Includes coverage for accident/illness, medical evacuation, and repatriation.
Domestic Airfare: For travel to/from Rice University for students not in Houston
International Airfare: For travel to/from Japan departing from Houston
Travel to/from Research Host Lab: Students will be provided with train tickets for travel between Tokyo and their research host lab at the start and end of the research internship period.
Travel to/from Mid-Program Meeting: Students will be provided with train tickets for travel between their host lab and the Mid-Program Meeting location in July.
Class & Seminar Costs: Includes 45-hours of intensive Japanese language classes, Introduction to Research Seminar, Introduction to Japanese Culture/Society Seminar, and all seminars held during the Mid-Program Meeting at at Rice for the Pre-Departure and Re-Entry Program.
Hotel Lodging: Includes all rooms/taxes. Students pay individually for incidentals or other fees.

  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Houston (Double-occupancy)
  • Language & Culture Orientation in Tokyo (Single-occupancy, includes daily breakfast)
  • Mid-Program Meeting (Multiple-occupancy, includes daily breakfast)
  • Re-Entry Program in Houston (Double-occupancy)
Research Internship Housing: Arranged in consultation with the research host lab/institution. Housing varies and may include dormitories for international students or visiting researchers or furnished rooms/apartments in long-term lodging facilities for foreigners. All students will have access to kitchen facilities at their research internship housing. Most housing will require daily commuting via bus/subway (see Student Costs below).
Partial Meal/Living Costs Stipend While Abroad: This is a partial stipend that will cover most, but not all daily living expenses. Students will receive these funds in Japanese Yen (JPY) while abroad.  Funds are to be used for food/meals and other necessary/required living costs.  Students should budget some of their own money to supplement the stipend provided (see Student Costs below).

  • Pre-Departure & Re-Entry in Houston: Group lunches will be provided. Students will need to purchase 1 – 2 meals  individually each day; typically breakfast and dinner.
  • 3-week Orientation & Mid-Program Meeting: Daily breakfast is provided at the hotel but you will not have access to a fridge or kitchen. Purchase lunch, dinner, snacks individually.
  • 9-week Research Internship Period:  Purchase/make all meals on your own. All students will have access to kitchen facilities at their housing and are encouraged to cook some meals on their own.

Japanese Cell Phone: The program will loan each student a Japanese mobile phone to be used to make/receive calls within Japan.  This will enable participants to remain in communication with in-country program staff, their host labs, and make calls domestically or internationally in an emergency situation.  Students will be expected to reimburse the program for any lost/damaged phones or excessive usage charges. Unless it is an emergency situation, students should not use this phone to make calls or send texts internationally.

To communicate with friends/family back home, we recommend using Skype, Google Voice, or other similar free, internet-based services. 

To avoid excessive international roaming/data overage fees we strongly recommend students turn the data on their U.S. smartphone off and only use it when connected to wi-fi. If your U.S. cell phone provider is T-Mobile, you will be able to send/receive texts and access data at no extra charge in Japan if you are on the T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan.


Estimated Student Costs 

Estimates provided below are for informational purposes only. Actual costs will vary based on individual spending and preference. Selected participants will be assigned an Alumni Mentor and are encouraged to ask their mentor for advice about actual costs incurred while abroad.
Passport Application/Renewal Fees (if applicable)
Passport must have six months remaining validity after
date of entry to Japan.  For more see
the U.S. Passports & International Travel website.
Valid Passport: $0
Renewal: $110
Apply New: $135
Visa Application Fees (if applicable)
U.S. citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.
Only applies to some U.S. permanent residents.
$0 for Most
Books for Japanese Language Courses  ~$50
Immunization (if needed)
Students under the age of 22 will be required to provide
proof of meningococcal vaccination per Texas State Law.
No immunizations are required to enter Japan. All regular
immunizations should be up to date. Contact your university
health center or doctor to inquire about any necessary
immunization costs. 
See more at
CDC: Health Information for Traveler’s to Japan.  
Meal/Living Costs Above Partial Stipend Provided
The stipend provided will cover basic meal/living costs, but is
partial and students should budget for costs that may exceed
the stipend provided. Actual meal/living costs vary and are
highly dependent on each student’s personal habits.
Low: $300
Mid: $500
High: $700
Daily Transportation/Commuting Costs
Students will use public transportation (subway/bus) for
most daily commuting while in Japan.  During the 3-week
orientation in Tokyo, students will pay individually for travel
via subway for some required program events. During the
research internship period, students will pay individually for
weekday commuting costs between their housing and research
lab.  Some students may be within walking or biking
distance, but most students will commute via bus or subway.
Exact costs will vary by student/host lab location. 
Low: $450
Mid/High: $650
Independent Travel & Sight-seeing Costs
Students will have some free time while in Japan for
independent sight-seeing or travel.  During the 3-week
orientation in Tokyo, there will be 1 – 2 free days/afternoons
and students will have free time most evenings. During the
research internship period, students will have most evenings
and weekends free.  Exact costs will vary by student based on
individual preference and travel/sight-seeing plans.
Low: $500
Mid: $750
High: $1,000
Personal Expenses/Shopping/Souvenirs
Be sure to budget some funds for other miscellaneous
expenses and shopping/souvenirs.  Exact costs vary
greatly based on individual spending habits.
Low: $500
Mid: $750
High: $1,000
Estimated Total Student Costs  Low: $1,800 
Mid: $2,060
High: $3,535


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