Japan Art History Forum First Book Subvention Prize

The JAHF First Book Subvention Prize is awarded once a year to a book project that will make a substantial contribution to the field of Japanese art history, broadly defined. Applications will be judged based on the overall quality of the project and the need for financial support.

The award is for a maximum of $4,000, sent directly to the publisher.

Additionally, JAHF will provide the winning author with up to $1,000 to defray the cost of acquiring permission to use images for their book. This will be paid in the form of a reimbursement, contingent upon the author providing itemized receipts.

The First Book Subvention Prize is made possible by Japan Art History Forum membership dues and by a generous donation from JAHF member Felice Fischer.


The award may be granted only to first books, single-authored.

Applicant authors must have been members of JAHF for at least two years prior to the application and must currently be JAHF members.

The subvention will be awarded only for completed manuscripts that have a contract with an established academic publisher in which the need for subvention is stipulated.

Manuscripts must be in English.

Application process

Our application process is currently under review. We will post updated guidelines soon.

The deadline for completed applications will be SEPTEMBER 15, 2019.

A JAHF-appointed committee will review applications once per year (in mid-September) and announce results within approximately six weeks. Re-application for the grant is allowed.

If you have questions please contact the JAHF Secretary, jjesty AT protonmail.com.


Past Winners

2018 Erin Schoneveld for Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism: Art Magazines, Artistic Collectives, and the Early Avante-garde (Brill).

2017 Halle O'Neal for Word Embodied: The Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas in Japanese Buddhist Art (Harvard University Asia Center).