Regarding the 5th Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary Science

Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) is now accepting recommendations for candidates for the 4th Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary Science.

JpGU has created the “Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary Science“ to honor internationally recognized Mid-career researchers under the age of 45 in 2022.

The prize is named for member Prof. Atsuhiro Nishida (JpGU fellow), who provided a proposal and a donation in support.

1. Recipient Qualifications

This prize is conferred upon researchers under the age of 45 as of the beginning of the judging period (April 1, 2022) who have provided an exceptional level of research in the field of Geo- and Planetary Science using a new approach, attaining international recognition. Decisions will not be made on the basis of nationality, sex, or whether one is a Japan Geoscience Union member or a non-member.

2. The number of winners

The selection committee will select 10 or less award winners.

3. Recommendations

i. Candidates must be recommended by others or by themselves. Candidates may be members or non-members of JpGU.

However, in the case of being recommended by others, it is necessary to confirm in advance that the candidate has the intention of receiving the award.

ii. The following documentation is required for a recommendation.

Recommendations must be written in Japanese or English. (Both can be accepted in the same recommendation document.)
(1)The candidate’s name and contact information (affiliated institution, address, telephone number, email address, and ORCID ID.)
(2)If the candidate is a member of JpGU, the candidate’s ID, the principal section, and other related section(s).
(3)The candidate’s work history and list of honors
(4)A list of all reviewed publications and a supplement of the five most important. The five most important publications must be specified in the list
(5)Reasons for recommendation (6 pages or fewer, A4 size)
(6)Short citation
Title of the research by Nishida Prize Candidate(added on December 12)
Please refer to Introduction of Past Nishida Prize Winners
(7) If the candidate is providing the recommendation, they must also send two letters of support, and if providing a recommendation for another, they must also provide letters of support from two others.
It does not matter whether who write letters of support have JpGU membership or not.
(8)If providing a recommendation for another, the person providing the recommendation must provide their contact information (address, telephone number, email address, etc.).
(9) The confirmation of Code of Ethics for Nominees
In the case of a recommendation from another person, a confirmation letter for all of the nominee, the recommender, and two support letter writers.
In the case of self-recommendation, confirmation letter for all of the nominee and 2 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 prize recipients’ nominator and support letter writers will be made public.

iii. Recommendations must be sent within the recommendation period for the year in question in an email addressed to the Office for the Nishida Prize for the Promotion of Geo- and Planetary Science (nishidaprize_office[at] ).

– Please note that the mailing address is different from the previous one.
– If you do not receive email confirmation within one week after sending recommendation mail, please contact us to request confirmation of your recommendation. Without the email confirmation, your nomination will be invalid.
– To avoid mistakes, please submit all documents in one batch.(added on December 5)

4. Selection Committee

Members of the JpGU Selection Committee shall be appointed by the President after deliberations by the Board of Directors.
Committee members shall be selected drawing on the JpGU membership while taking into consideration allocations of the different science sections. The number of members is around 15 .
The names of committee members shall be published after winners are announced.

5. Schedule

Deadline of recommendation
Noon on December 15 Thursday, 2022
Selection Period
December 16, 2022 – The day before the meeting of directors in March, 2023
Announcement of winners
After the meeting of directors
Award Ceremony
At 2023 JpGU Meeting
Commemorative lecture
At 2024 JpGU Meeting

*All dates are in JST.

6. Method of Conferral

i. An award certificate will be given.

ii. As a supplementary prize, the winners will receive a one-time payment of ¥500,000.

If you have any questions, please contact to the Office for the Nishida Prize for the Promotion of Geo- and Planetary Science(nishidaprize_office[at] ).

Awards Program Managing Director

Hodaka Kawahata