The intent of the Inamori Fellowship Program is to support our best and brightest current graduate students who will ensure the future of humanity through the balance of the scientific process and the human spirit. This investment in our students is parallel to the Inamori Foundation's commitment to the Kyoto Prize that is given annually to those who have made significant contributions to the progress of science, the development of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit. One or two Fellows will be selected each year from 2011/12 through 2014/15.

Award funds may be used for tuition/fee payments, stipends, summer support, and/or up to $3,000 of research-related expenses, including travel to conferences. All standard campus fellowship regulations and support limits apply.

Inamori Award Details

Amount: Two awards of $8,000 or one award of $16,000.

Eligibility: Current Physics graduate students.

Nomination: Each Physics faculty member may nominate one graduate student in response to an annual call for nominations. Nominations are to consist of a 1-page nomination letter that:

  • a) addresses how the nominee will ensure the future of humanity through the balance of the scientific process and the human spirit, and
    b) provides a brief description of the nominee's involvement in research;
  • 1 copy of the student's cv
  • 1 copy of the student's transcript.

Selection: A faculty committee will review all nominations and will send their recommendations to the Department Chair, who will make the final decision.

Recipients:
2011-2012: Ms. Yi Li
2012-2013: Mr. Frederick Matsuda
2014-2015: Mr. Andrew Ulvestad

Funding: This fellowship was made possible by the generosity of the Inamori Foundation.