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.
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.
Friday, September 30 – 12:00 Monday, December 12 2022 (Japan Time)
Please see the following website:
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan)
Ministry of Education and Science (the Republic of Poland)
|Name||Title and Institution|
|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|
Tomasz M. RUTKOWSKI
|RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP), Tokyo, Japan - Research Scientist / The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan - Research Fellow|
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