Funding Opportunities

The Notehelfer Prize

The Notehelfer Prize recognizes the best unpublished research paper written by a UCLA Japanese Studies graduate student in any disciplinary field, among those submitted to the Notehelfer Prize Committee in a given year.


  • All of a paper’s authors must be current graduate students, and at least one author of a collaborative work must be a current UCLA graduate student in good standing. Papers co-authored with non-UCLA students are acceptable.
  • The paper must be nominated for the Notehelfer Prize by a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. Each FAC member may nominate at most two papers for the prize in any given year.
  • The paper must not have been previously nominated for the Prize. The determination of whether a nominated paper is sufficiently similar to a previously nominated paper to be considered the same paper, and thus ineligible, shall be made by the Notehelfer Prize Committee.
  • The paper may be submitted for publication but must not have appeared in print. Papers must be no longer than would be acceptable for publication in top journals in the relevant field.


Author of the winning paper shall receive a cash award of $1000 in the year in which each Prize is awarded.


Victoria Davis

Emi Foulk

Deborah Price

Allison Robertson

Qiayon Rosenberg

Toulouse Antonin Roy

For more info please contact:
Noel Shimizu