The Second Marie Sklodowska Curie Award


Together with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, in 2021 the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) held the first “Marie Sklodowska Curie Award”* commending young female researchers who aspire to be active on the global stage, in order to contribute to the further advancement of female Japanese researchers.

JST recognizes the importance of initiatives designed to promote the activities of female researchers in science, technology, and innovation fields. In particular it is necessary to support female researchers in their late twenties and early thirties, when they are most expected to be active as a researcher and at the same time deal with many life events.

The “Marie Sklodowska Curie Award” honors her great contribution and achievements to the development of science and technology across the world, and will inspire more active participation by Japanese female researchers.

For the second Marie Sklodowska Curie Award, we will accept applications on behalf of researchers or by the researchers themselves from September 30–December 12, 2022.

Grand prize winner will visit Polish universities and research institutes, some related to Marie, and have discussions with various researchers there. By receiving a first taste of the European R&D environment in Poland, the award winner is expected to “make a leap forward” in their career prospects and gain new opportunities for international activities in their future as a researcher.

*Marie Sklodowska Curie: A world-renowned researcher from Poland who discovered two novel elements, "polonium" at age 31 and "radium" at age 32. She is the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields, Chemistry and Physics.

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  • Early career female researchers who have obtained a PhD within the last five* years including postdoc (as of April 1, 2023), PhD students, and those who are equivalent to them.
    * Periods away from research due to life events, such as maternity leave, are excluded from this total.
  • Any research discipline related to science and technology.
  • Holding Japanese citizenship.


Grand Prize(for one person)

  • Main Prize: A statue of Marie Sklodowska Curie from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and a certificate from JST.
  • Prize pot: 1M yen
  • Sub Prize: Travel expenses (transportation and accommodation) to visit research institutes in Poland (Autumn of 2023).

Inspiration Prize(for two people)

  • Main Prize: Certificate from JST
  • Prize pot: 500K yen (each)

Selection Process

Awardees will be selected by a committee of external experts.
1) Document screening
 *Two recommendation letters are required.
 *Recommendation letters from overseas are welcome, too.

2) Online interviews in English
 *Only those who have passed the document screening will be notified of the interview schedule.

Application Period

Friday, September 30 – 12:00 Monday, December 12 2022 (Japan Time)





Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan)
Ministry of Education and Science (the Republic of Poland)

List of the Selection Committee Members

Name Title and Institution

(Committee Chair)

Sterling Professor of Immunobiology, Yale University/
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

IWAO Emma Haruka

Developer Advocate, Google Cloud


Director, The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, The University of Tokyo /
Fred Kavli Professor and Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology


Executive Vice President for Research, Tohoku University / Professor, Mathematical Institute, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University


Dean・Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo / Chief Scientist・Team Leader, RIKEN


Professor, Department of Material Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University / Team Leader, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science


Professor, Center for International Collaboration, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo


Managing Director, Board of Trustees, School Corporation Sacred Heart Schools, Professor Emerita, International Christian University


RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP), Tokyo, Japan - Research Scientist / The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan - Research Fellow
(As of Sept 17, 2022)

Announcement of Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony is scheduled for May 16 2023. Details will be made available on our website.


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]