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October 29, 2009

National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students

Full Proposal Deadline Date: December 8, 2009

Support of international activities is an integral part of the NSF's mission to sustain and strengthen the nation's science, mathematics, and engineering capabilities, and to promote the use of those capabilities in service to society. In particular, NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations, and of helping ensure that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation's borders early in their careers.

What the Program Offers
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.

Award Benefits
EAPSI awardees receive a $5,000 stipend, international round-trip air fare to the host location, and are supported to attend a pre-departure orientation in the Washington, D.C. area.

Foreign co-sponsoring organizations provide additional support to cover EAPSI students' living expenses abroad during the period of the summer institutes, and provide an orientation to the science environment and culture(s) of each location.

Fields of Study
• Biological Sciences
• Computer and Information Science & Engineering
• Education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
• Engineering
• Geosciences
• Mathematical & Physical Sciences
• Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences
• Multidisciplinary Research

As of the deadline date of the application year, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
• U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
• Enrolled in a research-oriented master's or Ph.D. degree program (including joint degree programs);
• Students enrolled in joint Bachelor/Master's programs must have graduated from the undergraduate degree.
• Enrolled at a U.S. institution in the United States; and
• Pursuing studies in fields of science and engineering research and education supported by the National Science Foundation.

Previous EAPSI awardees may apply, but only to a new host location (Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan).

EAPSI Help Desk Info
Toll-Free: 866.501.2922
E-mail: eapsi@asee.org
Web: www.nsf.gov/eapsi

Administered by the American Society for Engineering Education

Posted by zzhu at October 29, 2009 11:46 PM