Eligibility & Selection

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for the TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University program students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be a Japanese citizen or permanent resident;
  • Be a female, currently-enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate student in good academic standing at a Japanese institution of higher education;
  • Be majoring in a science or engineering field and interested in conducting research in an academic department within Rice’s School of Engineering or a related Research Center or Group  or within an academic department within the School of Natural Sciences or a related Research Center or Group
  • At the time of application, be a B1, B2, B3, or B4 student*
  • Be able to express a demonstrated interest in international science & engineering research & future graduate study in your field;
  • Have the conversational English-language ability to successfully conduct research in a U.S. university lab.

*Undergraduate students who are enrolled in a six-year, undergraduate program, such as in medicine, are eligible to apply. To confirm eligibility, send an email to tomodachistem@rice.edu. In your email, list the name of your university, the program/field of study you are enrolled in, and the month and year you will graduate from your undergraduate program. 

Preferred Fields
Students in any science or engineering field are eligible to apply and potential host labs are available within the School of Engineering or School of Natural Sciences at Rice University. For more details, see our Potential Research Host Labs page.

Students cannot apply for placement into the School of Architecture.  Architecture is a separate school/faculty at Rice University and does not participate in this.  Architecture and non-STEM students should review our Other Related Programs for Japanese Students page. 

Selection Criteria

When reviewing applications, the  program seeks to select students who:

  • Have a strong and well-defined interest in international research, particularly in the U.S.;
  • Have a desire to develop the skills necessary to become a globally-competent scientist or engineer;
  • Have a strong and well-defined interest in pursuit of future research & graduate study in a science or engineering field;
  • Have the English language skills necessary to conduct research in the U.S.
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