National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes


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.

Approximate Annual Cycle

  • Application Deadline: Second Wednesday in November
  • December - January: NSF compliance check of proposals
  • January: NSF merit review of proposals
  • February: Notification to selected students of tentative acceptance or alternate status
  • April: Pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. area (2-3 days)
  • April: Final acceptance notices issued to contirmed students by NSF's foreign co-sponsoring organizations in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan.
  • April - June: Official NSF awards or declinations issued; students prepare to travel
  • June - August: Summer Institutes occur
  • December: Final reports due


Successful applicants must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Participants’ attendance during the EAPSI program is MANDATORY, including any opening and closing activities. For all locations, except Japan, EAPSI lasts approximately eight weeks, from June to August. Japan lasts approximately ten weeks from June to August. 
  • Acceptance by the foreign co-sponsoring organization and a host researcher is required.  NSF and the counterpart agency must both approve the application before a student is awarded an EAPSI fellowship.
  • Applicants may apply to up to three locations (Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan) listed in order of preference.   Applicants should identify ONE potential host researcher per location. 
  • Applicants must obtain an invitation or acceptance from their top choice host researcher to conduct summer research prior to submitting an application. Templates for the letter of invitation are available here:
  • Applicants are advised to carefully review specific information about their desired location and potential host researchers prior to submission.  See Potential Host Institutions for details about applying to the respective locations.
  • NSF and the relevant foreign co-sponsoring organizations work together to finalize host arrangements for selected students. Placement with the student’s first-choice host researcher will be attempted, but cannot be guaranteed.  Students are expected to consider accepting placement with alternative host researchers as suggested by NSF and/or the foreign co-sponsoring organization.
  • Spouses and/or dependents are not permitted to accompany participants during the program, as the host organizations cannot accommodate them.
  • Each applicant is responsible for determining his or her ability to fully participate in the EAPSI program in its entirety, and adhering to the Program Conditions and Requirements, if selected.  Selected students are responsible for making their own arrangements for receiving necessary medications, immunizations, and insurance coverage. (Health insurance coverage varies by location).
  • EAPSI students are responsible for preparing for their own travel, including, but not limited to: obtaining passports, visas and any other requirements for travel. Before applying for the Summer Institutes, U.S. permanent residents should verify their ability to travel without difficulty outside of the United States and to Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan.
  • Selected participants are acting as representatives of NSF and the United States. Failure to adhere to any of the above terms and conditions, or other behavior that reflects negatively upon either NSF or the United States may result in immediate expulsion from the program and the requirement that award funds be returned to NSF and/or the foreign co-sponsoring organization.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to review information for each location in the respective handbooks.  Information in the handbooks is updated each year for the following year’s programs, or as details become available.

Last Updated: October 19, 2010 09:45 AM


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