1st call of 2013 NII International Internship Program
Guidelines for Applicants
The National Institute of Informatics (NII) is Japan's sole comprehensive academic research institute in the field of informatics. Each year NII provide two opportunities for PhD and Masters candidates to apply to their International Internships Program which is aimed at giving interns the opportunity to engage in research activities as well as to receive guidance in their research from professors at NII. This incentive program is an opportunity for professional and personal development.
Dates: Internships commencing from the end of June 2013 to March 2014 (must have started by the end of March 2014)
Duration: Minimum of 60 days, maximum of 180 days (including travel time)
Where: NII Laboratories in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Eligibility: Currently enrolled Master and PhD degree students
Funding: NII provide a daily living allowance, NICTA provide return economy airfares to Tokyo, and a supplementary living allowance
Enrolment: Students may continue or suspend their university enrolment during the internship - check with your supervisor for approval and with your university
Further details can be found at -
Discuss with your supervisor the benefit and merit of undertaking an internship. Consider the list of Research Topics provided in the NII Program Guidelines. After selecting a project(s) in consultation with your supervisor, you or your supervisor must make contact with the relevant Project Leader at NII by email, to introduce yourself and obtain his/her advice on your suitability for that project.
Complete and compile the following documents and submit by email to students<at>nicta.com.au by 5.00pm on Monday 6 May 2013:
- NII International Internship Program Application Form
- Current CV
- Academic transcripts (undergraduate)
- Letter/statement of endorsement/support from your supervisor
- Evidence of support from the relevant NII Project leader for your involvement in their research project (eg. email correspondence)
NII Internships are awarded competitively. All applications received will be assessed by a panel comprising the Associate Directors of Education from each Lab. Up to three applicants will be nominated and their details forwarded to NII for final selection. NII has advised that the successful applicant(s) will be notified after 28 May 2013.
Please note: NII internship students must work on the topic which has been agreed before their arrival and comply with NII work and behavior regulations.
Need Further Assistance?
Your NICTA supervisor is your first point of reference. The Associate Director of Education in your lab is also available to assist you with matters relating to your application, and any decisions affecting your status as a NICTA enhanced student.
NII provides interns with 5,700 yen per day as sojourn expenses during the internship period. NII internship students will be covered the cost of ordinary medical fees except certain conditions and injuries (e.g., pre-existing/chronic conditions, dental care and vaccination). Transportation expenses are in principal not paid by NII.
Screening of applicants is conducted by each NII laboratory according to the research topics selected by an applicant.
After completion of the internship period and submission of a report to NII, NII will issue a certificate to the intern. Interns will deliver a talk on their project on their return to NICTA.
NII Application Form
List of available topics