The ICAS Book Prize

About the ICAS Book Prize

The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) was established in 2004. It aims to create an international focus for academic publications on Asia, thus increasing their worldwide visibility. The biennial ICAS Book Prize is awarded for outstanding English-language works and dissertations on Asia, and has always been organised around broad interdisciplinary bases (Social Sciences and Humanities) rather than traditional geographic or disciplinary compartmentalisations.

Since its inception the IBP has grown from an experiment with 50 books and 5 dissertations to an established prize with more than 200 publications submitted by 60 publishers worldwide and 100 dissertations. In 2013 a new category of prizes was added: The Reading Committee Accolades. This gives the Reading Committees the opportunity to single out and give credit to more outstanding books and dissertations than only the winners. In 2007 the Colleagues' Choice Award was established. This award is determined by the public, who cast their votes online through the IBP Polling Booth (opens 15 March 2019).

Starting in 2017, so as to reflect ICAS’ decentralising approach, the IBP now also honours publications in Chinese, French, German and Korean (in addition to the original English Edition). Other language editions are due to follow.

Our current IBP organisers and sponsors are:

Chinese Edition: The Education University of Hong Kong
French Edition: GIS Asie
German Edition: German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the Schweizerische Akademie für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (SAGW)
Korean Edition: Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC)

Together with the Asian Library/Leiden University (English Edition), the IBP is now shouldered by six institutions in Asia and Europe.


Paul van der Velde (IBP General Secretary)

Current edition: IBP 2019

The ICAS Book Prize 2019 will be accepting online submissions between 15 March 2018 and 10 October 2018.

Publishers in our database will be sent a reminder when the online submission form opens on 15 March 2018. If you are unsure whether or not you are in our database, please send an email to in order to add your details.

Please do not send us any books before registering the titles online. After registration you shall receive further instructions for sending the copies.

Read the Rules and Regulations

ICAS is an initiative of the
International Insitute for Asian Studies