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Inamori Fellowship Program

Graduate and Research Affairs is pleased to announce the Inamori Fellowship Program. Dr. Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera Corporation, has contributed funds to SDSU that our office will use to provide stipends to degree-seeking graduate students. The program will continue for at least three years. Ten Inamori Fellowships will be awarded annually in open competition.2012_inamori_fellows.jpg
2012 Inamori Fellows


Any degree-seeking SDSU graduate student whose adviser is an SDSU faculty member may compete for an Inamori Fellowship. Applicants must have at least two semesters remaining in their program (i.e. Fall 2013 applicants graduating May 2014 or later are eligible).

Criteria For Review

Members of the Student Research Committee will review Inamori Fellowship applications. The committee includes representation from the Graduate Student Association, the Graduate Council and the Division of Research Affairs. The application will include statements of:2013_inamori_fellows.jpg
2013 Inamori Fellows
  • Work completed and planned
  • Academic background
  • Scholarly accomplishments (e.g. awards, publications, presentations)
  • Training environment (The committee is interested in the physical facilities that you have access to including library resources, lab equipment (if applicable), office/performance space, computing resources. In addition, the availability of time you have to focus on your research and pursuit of your degree is important. Overall productivity of the research group is also an area that would be considered "environment.")
  • Faculty mentor recommendation
To Apply

Complete the Inamori Fellowship application (2014-2015) including required signatures. Scan and save as a single low-resolution PDF file (files exceeding 5 MB and multiple PDF files will not be accepted) and e-mail the document to the Division of Research Affairs ( No paper submissions will be accepted. Applications must be received by October 31, 2014. Awards will be announced in early December.

Click here for a list of Inamori Fellowship Awardees

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Each Inamori Fellow will receive $5,000 for a 12-month period. There are no duties associated with receiving a Fellowship, but Fellows will submit a brief summary of their activities at the end of the award period. Fellows may apply for successive annual awards through open competition. Recipients will be named “Inamori Fellows” at SDSU.
For More Inamori Fellowship Info

Division of Research Affairs

Gateway Center, 3rd floor

San Diego State University
5250 Campanile Dr.
Mail Code 1933
San Diego, CA 92182

Phone: 619-594-5938
Fax: 619-594-4109