The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering:  1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. All institutes, except Japan, last approximately 8 weeks from June to August. Japan lasts approximately 10 weeks from June to August.

Award Information

Awardees will receive the following:

  • $ 5,000 stipend
  • International round-trip air ticket to the host location
  • Support for attending a pre-departure orientation in the Washington, D.C. area. Awardees will be reimbursed for the costs of attending the event.
  • Abroad living expenses by foreign co-sponsoring organizations, and an orientation to the science environment and culture(s) of each location

Program Eligibility

As of the deadline date of the application year, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or Ph.D. degree program (including joint degree programs);
  • Enrolled at a U.S. institution in the United States; and
  • Pursuing studies in fields of science and engineering research and education supported by the National Science Foundation (see solicitation for details).

Previous EAPSI awardees may apply, but only to a new host location (Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan).

Students selected for the program who are matriculated at the time of application and subsequently graduate may still receive an award and participate in the EAPSI program.