International Programs

The Smalley-Curl Institute strives to foster and strengthen international collaborations. Graduate student research exchange programs provide a valuable means of initiating new joint research projects and of solidifying existing ones. These opportunities also provide students with an invaluable international experience, whether visiting abroad or hosting and mentoring visiting students. SCI fellows lead several international exchange programs, as listed below.

Rice — MAINZ Exchange

Under the supervision of Dr. Stephan Link at Rice, German students are selected by the graduate program MAINZ (MAterials Science IN MainZ) at Mainz University and funded by their Rice research mentor, while APP Rice students are selected within SCI and funded by MAINZ. The typical duration of the exchange is six months. For more information, visit the Applied Physics Program MAINZ page.

Rice — Toulouse Exchange

Under the supervision of Dr. Jun Kono, French students are selected by the Research Center NEXT (Nano, Extreme Measurements, Theory) in Toulouse, and spend six months in Houston. APP Rice students spend six months in one of the Laboratories of NEXT. Funding is provided by the host in each case. For more information, visit the Applied Physics Program Toulouse page.


The TOMODACHI-STEM for Female Students Program is a five-week research internship program for female undergraduates from Japan who are majoring in STEM. Sponsored by the U.S.-Japan Council and hosted at Rice University in Houston, TX, and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, the program enables students to gain real-world experience with STEM research, provides an introduction to U.S. higher education, and provides opportunities for cultural engagement and collaboration with U.S. students. The program serves as a catalyst for female Japanese students interested in STEM study and research and engagement with the U.S. through international research collaborations. Visit and for additional information.

Rice — Beijing Internship

Under the supervision of Dr. Han Pu at Rice, Chinese students are selected by Peking University and apply for a six-month scholarship to visit Rice University. An SCI committee helps the students choose the most appropriate Rice research group.