x-FU(s)ION-International Research Internship in Japan for Undergraduate Students

The Illinois renewable energy PIRE project is currently accepting applications from outstanding undergraduate students to carry out 2 month paid undergraduate research internship in Kyushu University (KU), Japan.  The goal of the x-FU(s)ION international research internship is to increase students' awareness, exposure and motivation about renewable energy research and provide students with a unique global workforce experience.  All award recipients are required to present the results of their project (as a poster presentation) at the PIRE annual meeting.

The internship pays for a 2 month (June 1st to July 31stsummer internship.  The internship dates are set in stoneSuccessful applicants will work with faculty, students and postdocs on experimental projects focusing on the use of solid oxide electrolysis cells to transform renewable energy into chemical energy and store it for later use. The internship will expose students to the energy storage grand challenge and provide them access to the world-class experimental facilities and resources at KU.  Most students will primarily be working with experimentalists in Japan.  There are also computational projects available for those interested. Knowledge of Japanese language is preferred, but not a necessary requirement.  

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The student must submit a (1) one page personal statement  (2) resume and (3) transcript. The one page personal statement should address: (i) why you are interested in this internship, (ii) what you hope to gain from this experience, and (iii)  your professional goals.
  • The recipient must have a demonstrated scholastic excellence.
  • At least sophomore standing with demonstrated interest in energy research


  • $4000 summer stipend
  • Room and board
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Health Insurance
  • Cultural and language orientation

How to Apply:

The online applications is now available here and the deadline to apply is  January 23, 2017.