World Federation of
Science Journalists

2012 Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship

The 2012 Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship is rapidly approaching! Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to travel to San Diego, March 20-22, 2012, to attend the 27th annual Kyoto Prize ceremony, VIP presentations, laureate lectures and workshops free of cost. We are hoping to reach as many qualified journalism professionals as possible so please extend the opportunities to your colleagues.

Applications are available to download and submit at The application deadline is February 17, 2012.

The Symposium Event Schedule can be found at The winner of the 2012 Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship will have the opportunity to participate in all of the listed events as well as additional, more exclusive events.

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you for your consideration.

Additional information on each laureate is below.

Dr. John W. Cahn, Advanced Technology - Dr. Cahn received the award for his outstanding contributions to alloy materials engineering through his establishment of the theory of spinodal decomposition. He currently serves as emeritus senior fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, and as an affiliate professor at University of Washington. According to Dr. Frank Gayle, chief of NIST, Metallurgy Division, “John’s developments in the theory and models of materials has given scientists tools to understand and make new materials ranging from metals to plastics to ceramics and glass. For instance, your smart phone or laptop computer might contain 100 different materials, and John’s work has probably influenced the understanding and development of half of those.” The following is a link to the YouTube video footage of Dr. Cahn that we discussed; in addition, he discusses the fascinating history of how his family fled Nazi Germany:

Dr. Rashid Sunyaev, Basic Sciences - Dr. Sunyaev is the 2011 Kyoto Prize laureate in Basic Sciences for developing the theory that fluctuations in cosmic microwave background radiation can be used as a means of exploring the expanding universe, and for his outstanding contributions to the field of high-energy astronomy. His work has discovered secrets of the universe and has provided tools for others to do the same. One of his theories, the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich (SZ) effect, is allowing astrophysicists to discover galaxy clusters—a significant breakthrough in charting, studying and understanding the universe. NASA recently credited Dr. Sunyaev’s as making possible the very recent discovery of El Gordo, the largest galaxy cluster in the early universe, as follows: "The team of scientists found El Gordo using ACT thanks to the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect.” The following is a link to the release: “NASA's Chandra Finds Largest Galaxy Cluster in Early Universe;”

Tamasaburo Bando V, Arts and Philosophy - Tamasaburo was awarded the Kyoto Prize for creating his own unique world in traditional Kabuki theater and for contributing to many other genres of performing arts. Through roles in some of the most time-honored and revered Kabuki dramas, in addition to groundbreaking performances in cinema and collaborations with artists such as opera singer Plácido Domingo, ballet luminaries such as Maurice Béjart and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Japanese taiko drum ensemble Kodo and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Tamasaburo has established himself as a tate oyama, or leading actor of female roles, in the contemporary Kabuki scene. Tamasaburo is without peer in his ability to create a multifaceted world in many fields of performing arts and continues to hold countless audiences spellbound with his unsurpassed artistry. The following link is to a YouTube video that is a beautiful compilation of Tamasaburo’s work in various performances -