(NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of the seven host locations in East Asia and Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between NSF and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented Masters or Ph.D. program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials Science); Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields. Applicants identify and contact host researchers on their own, prior to submitting their EAPSI proposal; lists of prospective host institutions are available at the end of each handbook.

NSF provides EAPSI Fellows with a $5,000 stipend and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. Foreign counterparts provide in-country living expenses and accommodations (arrangements vary by host location). Click here for additional information for the Program Solicitation (NSF 13-593); host location-specific handbooks; how to apply guide; and helpful tips for applicants.

In 2016, approximately 211 EAPSI fellows will travel to seven locations in the East Asia and Pacific:

Australia – 26

China – 40

Japan – 65

Korea – 25

New Zealand – 15

Singapore – 15

Taiwan – 25

The application submission deadline for the summer 2016 is Thursday, November 12, 2015.

EAPSI Informational Webinar for applicants will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. ET. Log-in instructions are available here.

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

Individual graduate students, not through the institutions at which they are enrolled. This requires that, during the application process, each student registers as an institution and serves as his or her own Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR). Similarly, awards are made to the individuals.

As of the deadline date for the application, applicants must:

  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • be enrolled in a research-oriented Master’s or Ph.D. degree program, and, if enrolled in a joint Bachelor/Master’s program, have graduated from the undergraduate degree portion of the program;
  • be enrolled at a U.S. institution located in the United States; and propose a research project in a field of science, engineering, or science education supported by the National Science Foundation (see Section II here for fields of study eligible for NSF support).