Update:2019.3.27 Application guidelines

The true exhilaration of scientific research


The InaRIS Fellowship Program

“The Scientist must set in order. Science is built up with facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house” (Jules Henri Poincaré)
When you are only engaged in research activity that obliges you to produce short-term results, you might notice that you are simply collecting facts. We believe that human knowledge can only be extended and organized when each fact is appropriately connected to the others and a new order is identified from such connections. The true exhilaration of scientific research should arise out of such a process.
To mark the Foundation’s 35th anniversary, we decided to establish the Inamori Research Institute for Science (InaRIS) Fellowship Program. By selecting InaRIS Fellows through open recruitment and providing 10 years’ research funding, we actively support those who are prepared to dedicate themselves to their research and strive to realize their potential. In addition, fellows working across different research fields will be provided with a place to communicate with each other and work together to elevate one another. We believe that these facilities will allow the fellows to develop their research projects based on deeper and broader perspectives, to bring disorganized collections of facts into order, and to lead to achievements that open up new prospects for science.
It is our conviction that experiencing the true exhilaration of scientific research, i.e., freely pursuing what arouses your curiosity and undertaking research with high potential based on a grand vision is the first step. This program will help you to take that step.


Requirements for InaRIS Fellow

  • OriginalityOriginality
  • InnovativenessInnovativeness
  • InternationalityInternationality
  • SustainabilitySustainability
  • ConsistencyConsistency
  • DevelopabilityDevelopability
  • SociabilitySociability
Connecting to significant discovery or invention based upon the original viewpoint?
Holding an innovative idea, method or approach free from conventional way of thinking?
Holding a novelty or generality approved from the world?
Seeking for further leap based upon ample research experience?
Worthy of a 10 years grants with a long-term consistency in the contents of research?
Connecting to the creation of new research field based upon long-term perspective?
Contributing to the human society showing human intelligence?


  • Research grants to InaRIS Fellows

    10 million yen per year over 10 years (total 100 million yen)

  • Support for InaRIS Fellows

    Network among InaRIS Fellows, carefully crafted follow-ups


The InaRIS Fellowship Operation Committee arranges support for InaRIS Fellows and makes policy decisions for said Program.

Committee members
ChairShigetada Nakanishi (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University)
MemberMakoto Kobayashi (Honorary Professor Emeritus, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization)
Shigefumi Mori (Director-General and Distinguished Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Kyoto University)
Kiyotaka Okada (Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Ryukoku University)
Hiroyuki Sakaki (President, Toyota Technological Institute)
Shinya Yamanaka (Director and Professor, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University)
*Selection is conducted by the InaRIS Fellowship Selection Committee, which is independent from the InaRIS Fellowship Operation Committee.


A keyword that commonly applies to promising research fields is set for the Program.

Fiscal 2020:"Quantum"

Number of recipients and period

In 2020, two recipients will be endowed. The applicable period is 10 years from April, 2020.


To succeed in becoming a grant recipient, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

Currently reside in Japan and be affiliated with and employed full-time (including fixed-term positions) by any of the universities/research institutions* to which application guidelines have been sent

Be an independent researcher holding a position of associate professor or higher if affiliated with a university

Be aged 50 years old or younger at the beginning of the fiscal year in which receipt of a grant will commence (as of April 1, 2020)

The InaRIS Fellowship period shall not be overlapped with that of the Inamori Research Grants.

*This Program is offered to designated institutions only. Prospective applicants should contact their affiliations to enquire if their respective universities/research institutions have been designated as such.

*The InaRIS Fellowship applicant shall be in the assigned position (including fixed-term position) within April 2020–March 2021 at the university or the organization.




How to apply

Please read the application guidelines and file an application on the special website during the application period stated below.

Application period

May 21, 2019 - July 31, 2019

Application materials


* to be published in May 2019
(For reference purposes only)


Informational sessions

Invitations to informational sessions will be sent to designated schools.



Grant Division, Inamori Foundation

620 Suiginya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8411 Japan
Tel: 075-353-7272 Fax: 075-353-7270