Regarding the 2023 JpGU Fellowship Program

Fellowship nominees shall be put forward by a recommender. They shall then be recommended from among the nominations reviewed by the JpGU Fellowship Evaluation Committee, it acting as an advisory body to the JpGU president. Successful nominees shall be those from among the recommended nominations who are then approved by the JpGU Board of Directors. The number of Fellows is currently 107, which is about 1% of the total number of members (as agreed by the Board of Directors). Therefore, the number of Fellows for this year is expected to be about several persons.

1. JpGU Fellowship Nominees
Individuals who have contributed to the field of geoscience by making significant discoveries or breakthroughs, instigating a paradigm shift in our understanding, or making other significant contributions to the development and dissemination of geoscientific knowledge in Japan.

2. Qualifications that should be met by JpGU Fellows
It does not matter whether they have JpGU membership or not.
However, the following persons shall be unable to be nominated.
  • Current JpGU Directors, Auditor, Section Presidents
  • Members of the JpGU Fellowships Evaluation Committee
3. Nomination Format
The person who is making a JpGU Fellowship nomination shall do so by sending a written nomination to the JpGU President in which the following information (1)-(9) is contained by email.
the candidate’s interest in receiving the Fellowship will need to be confirmed in advance.

(1) The name and contact details of the nominee and the nominator
* Please follow the format.
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(2) The nominee’s history (Their special field, Their research history, Their awards history, Their contributions with regard to universities, research institutions and learned societies, etc.)

(3) A list of five major original papers or patents, etc., of the nominee, along with the excerpts thereof
(4) A list of all of their original papers.
(5) A letter setting out the reasons for nomination (expressed in two A4 pages or less, in either Japanese or English)
(6) Major achievements (either in English (less than 800 characters) or in Japanese (less than 400 characters))
(7) Short citation
120 ~ 250 characters. Please use the following format; “for outstanding contributions to (special fields, areas, etc.).”
Please refer to JpGU Fellows
(8) Three letters of support(of one [or about one,added on October 21]A4 page each, in either Japanese or English. Each letter may include cosigners.)
(9) The confirmation of the ethical compliance by the recommended person
a confirmation letter by all of the nominee, the recommender, and two support letter writers
English Format Japanese Format 
(Please handwrite the signature the name field on the confirmation form. added on October 21)
Format for nominee
English Format Japanese Format (added on November 1)

The names of the Fellow recipients’ nominator and support letter writers will be made public.

4. Nomination
Nomination must be sent within the nomination period for the applicable year in question in the form of a word file(for “(1) The name and contact details of the nominee and the nominator”) and a PDF file(other items), by email addressed to the Office for the JpGU Fellow (fellow_office[at]

  • Please put required items into a pdf file and a word file (25MByte or below.)
  • Subject of e-mail should be “JpGUフェロー推薦書(候補者氏名)” or “Nomination of JpGU Fellow ( nominee’s name )” .
– You should be receiving an email confirmation of your inquiry within 1 week.
If you do not receive a confirmation by e-mail within 1week, please contact us.

Without the email confirmation, your nomination will be invalid.
To avoid mistakes, please submit all documents in one batch.(added on December 5)

5. JpGU Fellowship Presentation Ceremonies
Presentation ceremonies for JpGU Fellowships shall be held at the JpGU Union Meeting, and medals shall be conferred upon the awardees.

6. JpGU Fellowship Evaluation Committee
  • Members of the JpGU Fellowship Evaluation Committee shall be appointed by the President after deliberations by the Board of Directors.
  • There shall be five members of the evaluation committee, with the term of Committee for each being two years. Each year, about half of their number shall be subject to reappointment.
  • Committee members shall be selected drawing on the JpGU membership.
  • The committee chair shall be appointed by the JpGU President.
  • The names of committee members shall be published at such times as when all of the committee members at the relevant year completed their terms of office.

7. Deadline of recommendation
Noon on December 20 Tuesday, 2022 (JST)

8. Mailing address
Please be noted that we cannot answer any questions regarding evaluation.

Awards Program Managing Director
Hodaka Kawahata
October 11th, 2022