The Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science are annual prizes that have been awarded by Nature since 2005 in recognition of excellence in the nurturing of young scientists.
The 2009 awards will be held in Japan, the first time that they have honoured mentors from an Asian nation. Nominations are invited for outstanding mentors from any scientific discipline based in Japan, in two categories: mid-career (up to 59 years of age) and lifetime achievement (60 years of age and over).
Nominations can come from current or former students or colleagues of the nominee from anywhere in the world, and must be supported by two additional people mentored at different times during the nominee’s career. The awards, worth ¥1.5 million (US$16,000) each, will be presented in December 2009 at a ceremony at the UK ambassador’s residence in Tokyo.
Nominations opened on 22 July, and will close on 25 September 2009. Applications may be made in either Japanese or English. Further details and nomination forms are available for download in English and in Japanese.