US Fellows

Program Overview

Nakatani RIES serves as a catalyst for developing a generation of globally-engaged scientists and engineers who have the necessary technical and cultural skills to collaborate and contribute to a vibrant international research community. The program includes:

      • Welcome/Preparation Meeting at Georgia Tech (Mid-Feb)
      • Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting at Georgia Tech (Mid-April)
      • Pre-Departure Japanese Remote Class (Early May)
      • Language & Cultural Orientation in Japan
          • Intensive Japanese language study
          • Introduction to Science & Engineering Research Seminars
          • Introduction to Japanese Society & Culture Seminars
      • Research Internship at a Japanese University
      • Mid-Program Meeting
      • Re-Entry Program and Final Joint Poster Session


Nakatani RIES Eligibility to Apply:

      • BME Undergrad (Sophomore & Junior preferred, Freshman may be considered if with substantial research experience, no seniors and above)
      • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
      • Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Global Internship Program Eligibility:

      • You must have completed at least two full-time semesters of college-level study as a degree-seeking student prior to participation in a study abroad program and you must be at least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date.
      • You must be in good academic standing. Good academic standing is determined by the Registrar’s Office and is indicated at the end of your transcript each semester. Academic warning is a subcategory of good academic standing, so students on warning are still eligible.
      • You must be in good disciplinary standing. The Office of the Dean of Students and Housing determine your standing based on your disciplinary record.
      • You must maintain appropriate standards of behavior. Keep in mind that there are social aspects to the internship abroad learning experience. Appropriate standards of behavior must be adhered to at all times.


The program also provides many student benefits and financial coverage for most costs including:

        • Tuition & Fees
        • International Health & Liability Insurance
        • US Domestic Airfare to/from Atlanta (if needed)
        • International Airfare to/from Japan
        • Japan Domestic Airfare to/from Mid-Program Meeting
        • ¬†Lodging
        • Partial Meal/Living Cost Stipend
        • Program Seminars & Classes
        • A Loaner Japanese Cell Phone
        • Fun activities and cultural exchange opportunities with Japanese RIES Fellows
        • PCR test for COVID-19

Interested? Please Apply!

Applications are accepted online via the Georgia Tech Office of International Education (OIE) ATLAS portal.

Tentative Nakatani RIES admissions schedule:

        • October-December: Nakatani RIES Application opens
        • Mid-December: All application materials must be submitted via ATLAS to be considered
            • Applications will be reviewed on a semi-rolling basis, so the earlier complete your application, the better!
        • Late December: Finalist Interviews Conducted
        • Early-January: Final Notification of Acceptance

For specific admissions deadlines, please visit the ATLAS portal via the OIE website or click the “Apply to Nakatani RIES” button below to be taken to the application page.