Award & Grants

What Is Sakurada-kai Award?

Since 1983, books in the fields of political science (political science, political philosophy, political history, international political science, comparative politics, political system, public administration, and other departments related to these topics) by an applicable university published in a book format the previous year is reviewed and selected through a strict screening process and the most deserving works are presented with Sakurada-kai, Life-Time Achievement and Incentive awards.

Review Process

Sakuradakai Award Review Committee” comprising of political science faculty members in designated universities that meets on regular basis are responsible for selecting the various awards.

Application Requirements


Written by a full-time faculty member of designated universities in the field of political science (professors, associate-professor, full-time lecturer or assistant professor and others deemed acceptable by the recommending university) and must be currently registered with an applicable university.

Acceptable Work

Must be in a book published the previous year in Japan or overseas written in either Japanese or English endorsed by the dean of political science of a designated university and that has not been granted with another award elsewhere.

Field of Study

Within the context of political science domestic or overseas, contemporary or historical, philosophical, systems, public administration and other themes acceptable to the Screening Committee.

Application Document

Official letter of endorsement from the university and 2 books of own work.

Submission Deadline

Must arrive by July 20th to Sakurada-kai through designated university’s application office.

Announcement of Award Winners and Award Ceremony

Award winners will be declared in December, followed by an award ceremony in the first week of February the following year.