WIDE Grip (Global Research Internship Program)

WIDE Global Research Internship Program

If you feel like you can develop far more capabilities than you have now, don’t confine yourself into a small lab. WIDE Project, connecting top research universities in Japan both technically and socially, welcomes self-motivated researchers with diverse opportunities for creative legwork, colorful multilingual interactions, and deep technical dive into large-scale testbeds.

WIDE GRIP is a global research internship program provided by WIDE Project and its member research institutes and corporations. WIDE Project, standing for Widely Integrated Distributed Environment, has been leading the Internet studies and operations in Japan and internationally, since 1985. You will participate in the cutting-edge studies of the Internet under the supervision of those faculty members of the research institutes who have driven the research fields, along with collaboration opportunities with corporations that co-creates the Internet.


Members of WIDE Project are working on variety of topics related to the Internet as outlined below:

• Internet technology
Technology has always been the strongest asset of WIDE Project. Ongoing research subjects include routing, mobility, wireless communication, transport protocols, name system protocols, virtual network, overlay network, security, measurement, network management, real-space applications, cloud technology, hardware acceleration and quantum networking.

• Internet and society
Because the Internet has become one of the infrastructures on which people depend their lives, social impacts of the technology offer another set of research questions in which WIDE Project is interested. Such research subjects include cyber laws, education and children, medical informatics, post-disaster recovery and e-government.

Eligibility requirements

i) An undergraduate degree should have been completed, with work on a Master degree or Doctoral degree in progress. Applicants should therefore be enrolled in a recognized university course of study in fields related to the scope of WIDE Project (including Internet technology, Internet and society) at the time of application and during the entire period of internship.

ii) Applicants should be able to work in English. Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and postgraduate stages should have completed at least four years of study and be a student at the time of application and during the internship.

Expenses and medical coverage

Interns are not financially remunerated by the WIDE Project. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his/her sponsoring institution.

WIDE Project accepts no responsibility for medical insurance for the intern or for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness during the internship period. Applicants are required to provide evidence of adequate medical insurance coverage.

WIDE Project is not responsible for any claims by an intern or third party in the case of loss or damage to property, or death or personal injury as a result of actions or omissions on the part of the intern during the internship period.

Internship Periods and Application Deadlines

The deadline for receipt of of applications is generally around 3 months before the start of the internship period. For instance, the following deadlines may apply. Depending on your sponsoring institution and visa requirements, you may want to start planning earlier.



Applications from prospective interns may be forwarded by e-mail or normal mail directly, or through a sponsoring institution to:

Applications should include the following: