For Prospective Hosts
Dear Prospective Host Researcher in the East Asia and Pacific region:
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, New Zealand, South Korea, 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 research, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August (10 weeks for Japan).
If selected, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000, a round-trip ticket from the U.S. to host location, support to attend the pre-departure orientation/PI meeting in Washington, DC (provided by NSF), and in-country living allowance (provided by foreign counterpart).
EAPSI is a mutually beneficial program. Although you are not paid to host an EAPSI Fellow, it is a rewarding experience. The Fellow brings new ideas and fresh perspectives, helps strengthen existing international collaborations and initiate new ones, and provides an opportunity for your team to learn about research in the U.S. and to educate US students about research in you institution and country.
NSF has partnered with seven host locations in the East Asia and Pacific region. The partnering organizations are:
- Australian Academy of Science;
- Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and National Natural Science Foundation of China;
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science;
- Royal Society of New Zealand;
- National Research Foundation of Korea;
- National Research Foundation of Singapore;
- National Science Council of Taiwan.
Each location agrees to receive a specified number of U.S. graduate students and to arrange for placements in research programs at appropriate universities and research centers, either as requested by the students or as assigned by the co-sponsoring agency, for 8-10 weeks during June-August. The number of fellowships awarded for each location is agreed to by both NSF and the co-sponsoring agency and is subject to availability of funds.
Please note that there is no guarantee that the applicant will receive EAPSI Fellowship as this is a highly competitive program.
If you are willing to accept an EAPSI Fellow, please read his or her proposal thoroughly, discuss proposed research in detail via email, and provide a Letter of Acceptance, which should state (email is sufficient):
- I am willing and able to host you at my laboratory during the summer of [year].
- I have read your research proposal, and based on our mutual research interests I will be able to provide the necessary laboratory facilities and supplies for your work.
- This letter also confirms that the resources needed to accomplish your research objectives are available for your use.
Please include your name, title, name of institution, department, address, phone, email. Please make sure that your department head or senior researcher is supportive of your intent to host the student.
Thank you again for your interest in hosting an EAPSI Fellow. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.