Dear EAPSI Applicant’s Recommender:
Thank you for agreeing to recommend your student for the EAPSI Fellowship. Recommendation Letters must be submitted by the recommenders directly via FastLane. Please go to NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships and other Programs tab and log in as a Letter of Reference Writer:
The student will provide you with log-in information.
In your recommendation letter, please attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed as an EAPSI Fellow. Please disclose any potential conflicts-of-interest, e.g. family relationship.
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, Singapore, South Korea, 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 the foreign counterpart). Most importantly, the Fellows will be awarded the opportunity to conduct research in a foreign setting, utilize unique resources of the host location, bring home new ideas, and develop international collaborations that will enhance their career.
Although EAPSI research experience does not have to be part of the Fellow’s ongoing research, we hope it will be integrated into the student’s academic and research activities and result in publications and recognition. EAPSI Fellows have published their research in top journals, such as Science. Profiles of previous awardees are available here: http://nsfsi.org/fellows
The EAPSI Fellowship is highly competitive. All NSF proposals are evaluated through the panel review system using two criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts.
What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
- How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?
- How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project?
- To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?
- How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?
- Is there sufficient access to resources?
What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
- How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning?
- How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)?
- To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?
- Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding?
- What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?
Additional Review Criteria apply to EAPSI proposals:
- Qualifications of applicant, including potential for continued growth and the probable effect of participation in the Summer Institute on the applicant’s career;
- Resources and capabilities of the proposed host institution(s) and researcher(s), and/or the current stature of research in the student’s field of interest in the chosen location (Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, or Taiwan);
- Merit, complementarities, and expected mutual benefits of the proposed international collaboration.
Please note that although previous EAPSI awardees may apply to a new host location, priority will be given to applicants who have not participated in EAPSI before.
Last but not least, EAPSI Fellows are acting as representatives of the National Science Foundation and the United States. Behavior that reflects negatively upon NSF or the United States may result in removal from the program and the requirement that award funds be returned.
Thank you again for recommending the EAPSI applicant.
Last Updated: July 20, 2011 03:44 PM