the 1st Brilliant Female Researchers Award (The Jun Ashida Award)



As part of our efforts to promote the active participation of female researchers, JST set up this awards program to commend: female researchers working on outstanding research that contributes to a sustainable future society; organizations supporting female researchers’ activities.
The Ashida Fund* will cooperate to provide a supplementary prize of 1 million yen.

*The Ashida Fund was established in 1994 by the late fashion designer Jun Ashida for the purpose of nurturing the younger generation. The Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Center (JISTEC) operates and manages the Ashida Fund by keeping the funds from Jun Ashida Co. Ltd.


〔The Award for a Female Researcher〕
Brilliant female researchers working on outstanding research that contributes to a sustainable future society. (Female researchers aged under 40 in principle, but recognizes pauses in research due to life events.)

〔The Award for an Organization in Supporting Female Researchers〕
Progressive organizations carrying out initiatives contributing to greater involvement of female researchers, serving as a model for other organizations.


Keiko Torii, Chair
Johnson and Johnson Centennial Professor of Plant Cell Biology, University of Texas at Austin
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Chieko Asakawa
IBM Fellow, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Reiko Abe
Chair person, Oriental Consultants India Pvt. Ltd.
Hiroshi Kitagawa
Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Vice Provost, Kyoto University
Hitoshi Murayama
MacAdams Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
Faculty Senior Staff, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Principal Investigator and Professor, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), The University of Tokyo
Kimiko Murofushi
President, Ochanomizu University
Masashi Yanagisawa
Director and Professor, International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (WPI-IIIS), the University of Tsukuba

Call for Application

From April 1st (Monday) to June 30th (Sunday), 2019


Japan Science and Technology Agency

Cooperative Company

Jun Ashida Co., Ltd.

Announcement of Winners

The award winners will be announced in the middle of October.

→The Announcement of Winners is here.

Awards Ceremony

Date: November 17 (Sunday), 2019, 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Miraikan —The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan


Japan Science and Technology Agency
Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness, Department of Developing Human Resources for R&D Programs
5-3, Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666
TEL: +81-3-5214-8443
E-mail: diversity[at]