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FAQs about Nominations

We've attempted to answer many of nominators' commonly asked questions. Please refer to the FAQs about Nominations below and other information. If you have any further questions, please feel free to Contact Us.

I've unexpectedly received a nomination request letter. What should I do?

The Fukuoka Prize was established in 1990 through the collaboration among academia, businesses, and the Fukuoka City for the purpose of promoting and understanding the distinctive cultures of Asia, as well as contributing to peace.

Since its inception, many distinguished individuals have been awarded. Previous laureates include Mr. Donald Keen, a noted scholar of Japanese literature and culture, Mr. Muhammad Yunus who received the Nobel Peace Prize, and Mr. Mo yan who also received the Nobel Literature Prize afterward.

The Fukuoka Prize Committee widely welcomes nominations from members of academic societies and associations, arts and cultural organizations, and the media.

Nominators are selected based on the recommendations by current nominators or by information from academic journals or website of relevant institutions.

We are requesting nominations from you because of your deep knowledge and great contribution in your field.

We would like to ask for your kind cooperation on the recommendation of candidates when you receive a letter of nomination request. (Please refer to the Nomination Guidelines when nominating a candidate.)

What if there is no appropriate candidate for a given year?

We welcome your recommendation in any given year when you have any individual or organization you wish to nominate. Even in the case you are not making any nomination, we appreciate your response if your e-mail or postal address has changed.

Will the document be returned to the nominator at the end of the selection process?

Please be advised that all the documents submitted to the committee will not be returned to the nominators.

I want to know the reason why the person I recommended did not receive the Prize.

Please be advised that the evaluation and selection process is completely confidential.

Is self-nomination possible?

We can accept all nominations other than self-nominations. Please note, self-nomination is not permitted.
As for the nominating conditions, please refer to our Special instructions, which helps your better understanding in our nominating scheme, conditions and selection criteria.

Why have I been chosen as a nominator?

The Fukuoka Prize Committee widely welcomes nominations from members of academic societies and associations, arts and cultural organizations, and the media.

Nominators are selected based on recommendations by current nominators or information from academic journals or website of relevant institutions.

We are requesting nominations from you because of your deep knowledge and great contribution in your field. We would like to ask for your kind cooperation on the recommendation of candidates when you receive a letter of nomination request.

Please refer to the Nomination Guidelines when nominating a candidate.

Who may submit nominations?

The Fukuoka Prize Committee selects nominators based on the recommendations by current nominators or by information from academic journals or website of relevant institutions. The current nominators include;

  • Faculty members of universities
  • Members of academic societies and associations
  • Representatives/members of arts and cultural organizations
  • Those in the news media, publishing businesses, etc.
  • Authorities or experts whom the Committee considers as qualified nominators

 

Please refer to the Nomination Guidelines for more information.

Is there an age requirement for candidates?

There is no specific minimum or maximum age limit for candidates though posthumous nominations will not be considered.

Each prize winner is required to attend the Award Ceremony and all the official events in September in Fukuoka. Therefore we expect the candidates who will be able to come to Fukuoka to actively participate in the ceremonies when selected as laureates.

We also welcome your nominations for those from the younger generation whose great contributions are further expected in the future.