2nd call of 2019 NII International Internship Program

Please check the list of the current projects at NII International Internship Program website for the current call for applications for a stay of up to 6 months starting any time between January to March 2020.

The deadline at TUM Department of Informatics is a bit earlier, on Thu 17th October 2019 (23:59h) as you have to be nominated/selected by IN.TUM. NII's deadline for the second call is 23rd October 2019. Students accepted by NII will get a full grant of ca. 1300€ per month. 

Please see the NII website for the list of projects and get in touch with the NII academic staff directly. If you want to do your project as a Master thesis you need to find a respective TUM supervisor. The regular IN.TUM rules of your Master's program regarding a Master's thesis apply.

NII requests for the research project a TUM supervisor regardless, so add an academic contact person at TUM Informatics, e.g. your former Bachelor supervisor or a researcher at a suitable chair of your interest. It doesn't have to be a TUM professor.

National Institute of Informatics (NII) International Internship Program

The renowed National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo anounces twice a year a call for its International Internship Program for master students and PhD students. NII is a partner of TUM Department of Informatics since 2015.

If you are interested in doing an research internship of 2-6 months, please check this website regularly.  There is a call for applications in May and in October for a stay abroad approx. 4-5 months later. 5,700 JPY per day as sojourn expenses (171,000 JPY/per month) will be covered by NII while intern students are staying at NII (as per March 2016).

Application procedure, documents and requirements

Applications have to submitted via our online application for the internal selection. For further information please check the websites of NII for the International Internship Program. To meet the NII deadline for applications, the faculty of Informatics needs to preselect you (on the basis of your academic performance, duration of stay and study plan). So the internal deadline is usually about one week ahead.

A nomination by TUM Informatics does not indicate that you will be automatically accepted by NII. The selection by NII after nomination seems to be quite competitive. In May, TUM Informatics can nominate three students, in October two students.

The application is easy to prepare. A list of topics is online you can choose your research project from. Please upload in your online application the following documents:

  • NII Application Form
  • Your CV
  • Bachelor's Transcript or Records
  • TUM Master's Transcript of Records
  • Studienverlaufsplan (integrative study plan)
  • Email correspondence with respective NII researchers

A talk with Martina von Imhoff regarding your stay in Japan and your questions regarding the program is compulsory. Please step by during her opening/drop-in hours (no previous appointment necessary).

It might be possible to arrange a Master thesis at NII, but not in all cases it is possible, recommendable or successful.

Prof. Alexander Pretschner has additional contacts to professors at NII, see project descriptions