The Third Marie Sklodowska Curie Award


To promote greater involvement of Japanese women in science, in 2021 the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland held the first “Marie Sklodowska Curie Award”* commending researchers who aspire to be active on the global stage. The award honors Marie Sklodowska Curie’s great contributions to science and technology even at a young age, and intends to inspire Japanese women in their 20s and 30s to pursue research careers alongside other commitments.

The award’s first and second editions were both a great success, with deserving winners chosen from a large number of applications assessed by a committee of external experts. For the third Marie Sklodowska Curie Award we will be accepting applications on behalf of researchers and by researchers themselves from October 2 – December 11, 2023.

The Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity to visit Polish universities and research institutes and create networks with a variety of researchers. By receiving a first taste of the European R&D environment in Poland, the winner is expected to “make a leap forward” in their career prospects and expand their international outlook.

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, 2024), 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. Does not need to reside in Japan


Grand Prize(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 2024).

Inspiration Prize(two people)

  • Main Prize: Certificate from JST
  • Prize Money: 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.

Selection criteria

  • The Committee will evaluate the applicant's achievements to date, their potential (room for growth) as a researcher, and future expectations
  • The Committee will evaluate the applicant's desire to engage in joint research with foreign researchers (European, etc.) and international cooperation
  • In light of the great accomplishments of Marie Sklodowska Curie, the applicant's will to contribute to humanity will also be considered

Application Period

Monday, October 2 – 12:00 Monday, December 11 2023 (Japan Time)

Application Guidelines

Call for application in 2023 is now closed.




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)

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

IWAO Emma Haruka

Software Engineer, Google


Professor, Physics of Life, Dresden University of Technology
Alexander von Humboldt Professor


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


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


Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo


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


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


RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP), - Research Scientist/ The University of Tokyo, - Research Fellow
(As of September 22, 2023)

Announcement of Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony is scheduled for May 23 2024, at the Embassy of Republic of Poland in Japan. Details will be made available on our website.


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