type: graduate
deadline: 4/1/2022
amount: $400

For more info, please contact:
Noel Shimizu
E: japancenter@international.ucla.edu

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The Notehelfer Prize recognizes the best unpublished research paper written by a UCLA Japanese Studies graduate student in any disciplinary field, among those submitted to the Notehelfer Prize Committee in a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 $400 in the year in which each Prize is awarded. Winners shall also be invited to give an honorary lecture on their Prize-winning research as part of the Center’s Colloquium Series. The Prize shall be conferred at this lecture, normally in the Spring Quarter.

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