NIHU International Prize in Japanese Studies

In January 2019, the NIHU International Prize in Japanese Studies was newly established, with the support of the Kuraray Foundation, with the aim to promote the development of Japanese studies and deepen the understanding of Japanese culture internationally. The prize will be awarded to researchers based overseas who have shown outstanding achievement in Japan-related scholarship in literature, language, history, ethnology, folklore studies, the environment and other fields related to the human culture studies and have made great contributions to the international development of Japanese studies.

 

The NIHU International Prize in Japanese Studies 2019 Call for Nominations

 Guidelines for Nomination for the First (2019) NIHU International Prize in Japanese Studies
 Nomination Form Form2 (English) Form3 (Japanese)

 

1. Eligible fields

The prize is awarded to studies in fields related to Japan and the humanities, including literature, linguistics, history, folklore, ethnology and environmental studies.

2. Number of laureates: 1

The laureate of the prize will be presented with a certificate of merit, a trophy and a cash prize of 20,000 dollars.

The laureate will also be invited to the presentation ceremony to be held in Japan (planned in December 2019) and a commemorative lecture meeting will also be held.

Round-trip airfare to and from Japan will also be provided for the laureate and his/her partner, with an additional 500,000 yen for the cost of two persons’ stay in Japan.

3. Eligible persons

The prize is granted to a researcher based outside of Japan who has greatly contributed to the international development of Japanese studies by making an outstanding academic achievement in one of the eligible fields shown in Section 1.

*Eligible persons also include those who have a track record in research activities based outside of Japan, in addition to researchers residing outside Japan.
*No restrictions based on nationality

4. Right to nominate

A nomination for no more than one nominee for the prize will be accepted from the following organizations. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
1)Universities, inter-university research institutes, academic associations, and similar institutions in Japan that are related to studies in the humanities.
2)Overseas universities and similar overseas institutions that have concluded an agreement with NIHU or one of the six inter-university research institutes of NIHU (National Museum of Japanese History, National Institute of Japanese Literature, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, and National Museum of Ethnology).

Persons who hold the right to nominate are as follows.

【Organizations in Japan】: Heads of related faculties, graduate schools and research institutions as well as heads of inter-university research institutes, academic associations and similar institutions.
【Organizations overseas】: Heads of universities (or faculties, departments, etc.) and research institutions related to Japanese studies.

5. How to nominate

Fill in the Nomination Form (separate form), affix the official seal of the head of the organizations (a signature is also accepted in the case of a university or similar institution overseas) on the form, and mail it to the address below in “11. Where to submit the nomination documents (paper documents)”.

* Please note that the form to be used for the nomination differs between Organizations in Japan and Organizations overseas as shown in the table below.

Location of Form to be used
Organizations in Japan Form1
Organizations overseas Form2(English)or Form3(Japanese)

6. Deadline

Friday, June 14, 2019(postmarked)

7. Selection and notification of the result

Around September 2019, nominees for the prize will be selected by the International Prize in Japanese Studies Selection Committee, which will be set up in NIHU, and the results of the selection will be sent to the organizations that submitted nominees for the prize.

The result of the selection will be published on the website of NIHU after confirming whether the laureate will accept the prize.

8. Presentation ceremony and commemorative lecture meeting

The prize presentation ceremony and commemorative lecture meeting are planned to be held around December 2019.

9. Others

1)No change or addition to the information provided in the nomination documents will be accepted after they are submitted.
2)Submitted nomination documents will not be returned.
3)No inquiries will be accepted about the results of the selection.
4)Please note that the information to be disclosed includes the name and a brief history of the laureate as well as the research achievements for which the Prize will be granted.
5)The laureate may be requested to cooperate in the formation of an international network concerning Japanese studies, which is being promoted by NIHU. 
6)Personal information contained in nomination documents will be tightly controlled in accordance with the Regulations on the Protection of Personal Information Held by the National Institutes for the Humanities and relevant laws and will only be used for the selection. The information will be responsibly and subsequently discarded.

10. Where to submit the nomination documents (paper documents)

Please submit the nomination documents to the following address and make sure to choose a delivery method that can trace your mail. After you have made the submission please confirm the delivery of the documents to NIHU using the tracking number of your documents, to ensure that the documents have reached NIHU.

  Dr. Minami HIRAKAWA, President, National Institutes for the Humanities
  2nd Floor, Hulic Kamiyacho Bldg., 4-3-13 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo,
  105-0001 Japan
     E-mail: soumu[@]nihu.jp
* Please replace [@] with @ to send an e-mail.

11. For inquiries

  Dr. Makoto SATO, Executive Director, National Institutes for the Humanities
  2nd Floor, Hulic Kamiyacho Bldg., 4-3-13 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo,
  105-0001 Japan
     Phone: +81-3-6402-9212
     E-mail: soumu[@]nihu.jp
* Please replace [@] with @ to send an e-mail.