Heinz Kaempfer Fund Thesis Award Regulations

Heinz Kaempfer Fund Thesis Award Regulations

The Heinz M. Kaempfer Fund was founded in 1989 with the aim to promote the study of the Japanese arts through, among other means, the provision of financial support for young scholars.


The Heinz Kaempfer Fund Thesis Award is given biennially and carries a prize of 1000 Euros awarded to the author of an outstanding Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis in the field of Japanese art and visual culture, written in the context of a Bachelor or Master programme provided by a European university. In addition the winner is given the opportunity to publish their findings in Andon, the journal of the Society for Japanese Art. Moreover, the winner is given a choice of books from Brill Publishers to the amount of 200 Euros.


The winner is chosen by a panel of distinguished scholars and curators. The panel retains the right to contact the applicant’s thesis supervisor for reference and, if necessary, consult relevant specialists.


The thesis may be written in Dutch, English, German or French. Since Andon is an English-language journal, the resulting publication must be written in English.


In order to qualify for the 2022 Heinz Kaempfer Fund Thesis Award, applicants must submit a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis that was approved by the applicant’s supervisor(s) during the academic years 2019-2020 or 2020-2021. Theses may be submitted until 15 januari 2022. The winner will be announced in May of 2022.


Application for the Award implies acceptance of the above regulations and of the fact that the applicant’s name and the title of their thesis may be mentioned in the context of publicity for the Heinz Kaempfer Fund and its activities.

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