East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although applicants apply individually to participate in a Summer Institute, awardees become part of the cohort for each location. Applicants must propose a location, host scientist, and research project that is appropriate for the host site and duration of the international visit.

An EAPSI award provides U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture, and language. It is expected that EAPSI awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

The NSF award includes participation in the Pre-Departure Orientation, summer stipend of $5,000, and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. EAPSI partner agencies pay in-country living expenses during the Summer Institutes.

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): November 10, 2016; Second Thursday in November, Annually Thereafter

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Eligibility Requirements

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 fields of science, engineering, and science education supported by the National Science Foundation (see Section II below for fields of study eligible for NSF support).

Amount Description

The NSF portion of the EAPSI award consists of several parts: a stipend of $5,000, attendance at the pre-departure orientation, and round-trip transportation from the Fellow's home to the host location in the form of a non-refundable airline ticket on a U.S. flag carrier in accordance with GSA requirements and issued by the NSF travel contractor.

The foreign counterparts provide in-country room and board and travel for research visits.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 10, 2016