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Inamori Fellowship Program

2014 Inamori Fellows
2014 Inamori Fellows

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


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 2015 applicants graduating May 2016 or later are eligible).

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Inamori Fellowship Recipients!
Erik Blackwood, Biology
Kelli Ilves, Biology
H.F. Samuel Lam, Public Health
Garam Lee, Psychology
Barbara Quimby, Geography
Ty Roach, Biology 
Kristine Taniguchi, Geography
Pedro Torres, Biology
Robert Wagner, Biology
Che Wankie, Public Health  

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:

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  • 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

Applications for the 2017-2018 Inamori Fellowship program are due October 27, 2017. Click here to apply. 



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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.
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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
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