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.

Submission Instructions


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

The competition is open to graduate students from any university. Recent graduates are also eligible to apply, up to one year from their date of graduation.

Essays may not be previously published in any form or currently under review for publication.

Submissions should include an essay, abstract, and illustrations that conform to the following guidelines:

  • Essay: under 10,000 words (13,000 including notes), in 12 pt., double-spaced font.
  • Abstract: 250 words.
  • Illustrations: size of the total file must be under 10MB.
  • Please send the all three items in a single Word file. If you are unable to use Word please contact JAHF Secretary to make other arrangements.

Image Source: Red Gate of Tokyo University in Early Summer (#14) (Fujimori Shizuo)