Japan Award for international agricultural researchers

Agricultural Researchers

Japan Award is the prize aims to increase motivation among young researchers who are contributing to research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing regions, and show outstanding performance and research achievements that may lead to future innovation.

This award is launched in 2007, organized by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan, and supported by Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS).

  • Category: Course
  • Amount/value: Varies
  • Location: Worldwide
  • Application deadline: 19 May 2023


  • Candidates must be researchers who have the nationality of a developing country and/or territory, are under 40 years old as of January 01, 2023, belong to a non-Japanese research institute or a non-Japanese university, are engaged in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing regions, and fall under any of the following criteria (Note: Those who have applied for and missed the award in previous years are eligible to re-apply).

(a) Those who have shown outstanding performance in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, or related industries for a developing region, and who show great promise.


  • Up to three awardees will be selected from candidates after a selection process by the selection committee.
  • Each awardee will be invited to Japan and awarded a testimonial by the Chairman of the AFFRC during the awarding ceremony. They will also receive a cash prize of US$5,000 each from JIRCAS (MOTAI-JIRCAS Award*).


Applications must be prepared according to the “Instructions in the Preparation of Application Forms” and submitted by the recommending institute by post. Moreover, word-processed files of each form must be submitted by the recommending institute via email as they will be used for the preparation of a short-list.

  • Only one researcher can be recommended from each institute, including its branches.
  • If an institute recommends two candidates or more, the Secretariat will ask the institute to choose one. If the institute does not respond by the due date, all applications from that institute will be excluded.
  • The application must include supporting materials that substantiate the candidate’s achievements, such as the applicant’s most important research papers (three items), technical handbooks, patent applications or utility models, newspaper articles etc., and the entire publication list directly related to the applicant’s research.
  • Applications that are insufficient or incorrect will be excluded from the evaluation.

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