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 $2,000. Funds will be sent directly to the publisher. Funds for the prize are provided from membership dues and donations to the Japan Art History Forum.


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

The application has two parts. Part A must be completed and submitted by the publisher, Part B must be completed and submitted by the author.

Download Part A (for publisher)

Download Part B (for author)

The deadline for completed applications is SEPTEMBER 15, 2018. All application materials should be submitted to the JAHF Secretary, justin.jesty AT gmail.com

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.

Questions should be directed to the JAHF Secretary, justin.jesty AT gmail.com.


Past Winners

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