Since its inception in 2005, the NII International Internship Program (outlined in the table below) has contributed significantly to the NII's research activities by promoting exchange with organizations with which the NII has concluded MOUs and by accepting and sponsoring interns.
Graduate students from organizations with which the NII has concluded MOUs (students enrolled in master' s degree and doctoral programs)
A period of 2‒6 months (180 days)
- 5,700 yen/day in sojourn expenses - Cost of overseas travelers' personal accident insurance
We seek students to work on research topics proposed by the NII faculty members. Applications are accepted twice annually, in September and in March. Information on the program is made public by sending recruitment notices to the individuals in charge at each organization with which the NII has concluded an MOU and by posting information on the NII website.
The individual in charge at each organization collects application forms submitted within his/her organization and submits them to the NII.
Acceptance or rejection
The GLO will screen the application forms submitted by the organizations and choose which candidates to accept.
The NII issues a certificate to the intern after the intern completes the internship period and submits a report to the NII.
The MOU Grants were established in 2005 as a system of financial assistance for research exchange with organizations with which the NII had concluded International Exchange Agreements (MOUs). MOU grants provide assistance for travel expenses (airfare, sojourn expenses) to overseas researchers and to the NII faculty members. The grants are provided when accepting a researcher from abroad or when a researcher travels abroad for the purpose of research exchange between the NII and an overseas university or research institution with which the NII has concluded or plans to conclude an MOU. In implementing the MOU Grant program, twice a year, the NII receives applications from faculty members for sending or accepting researchers under the MOU Grants. After the GLO reviews these applications, it selects the applications with the highest overall priority and assigns financial assistance.
The Non-MOU Grants were established in 2006 as a financial assistance system for research exchange with organizations other than those with which the NII had concluded MOUs. Non-MOU Grants provide financial assistance for travel expenses (airfare, sojourn expenses) for researchers visiting the NII from abroad to perform joint research and similar activities between the NII and overseas universities or research institutions with which the NII has not concluded MOUs. As with MOU Grants, the GLO reviews the research plan applications for Non-MOU Grants, selects the plans it considers best, and provides financial assistance.