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East Asia Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students

National Science Foundation & National Institutes of Health


Program Summary

The East Asia Summer Institutes (EASI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location, and orientation to the culture and language. The primary goals of EASI are to introduce students to East Asia science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, 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 and are administered in the United States by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with co-sponsorship by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Pursuing studies in fields of science or engineering, which are supported by the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, and which are represented among the potential host institutions (see

Research fields supported by the National Science Foundation are Biological Sciences; Education and Human Resources; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Engineering; Geosciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Polar Research; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences including Decision, Risk and Management Sciences, Economics, Law and Social Science Methodology, Measurement and Statistics, Political Science, Sociology, Archaeology, Anthropology, Developmental and Learning Sciences, Geography and Regional Sciences, Human Cognition and Perception, Linguistics, Social Psychology, Statistics, and Policy Analysis.

See for descriptions of these fields.


Each awardee will receive an NSF stipend of $2,500 that is meant to compensate in part for loss of summer employment. Each awardee will also receive an international round-trip air ticket arranged by the NSF contract travel agency (except awardees to Japan who will receive their air tickets from Japan). Sponsoring organizations in East Asia will support living expenses.


First Monday in December by 5 p.m. proposer's local time


Application information can be obtained online at


EASI Program Manager Office of International Science and Engieering
NSF telephone: 703-292-8704
Fax: 703-292-9175

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