The IBP 2021 English Language Edition

The IBP 2021 English Language Edition

Submissions for the IBP 2021 English Language Edition (books and dissertations) are no longer possible. 

Longlisted authors/publishers will be contacted by 1 May.

Send any questions to the IBP-English Secretariat at

The biennial IBP was established by ICAS in 2003. The IBP is awarded to outstanding publications in the field of Asian Studies. It has created an international focus for publications on Asia, which has increased their visibility and recognition worldwide. The IBP has grown from an experiment with 50 books and 5 dissertations in 2005, to the leading Book Prize in the field of Asian Studies, with 600 books and 150 dissertations submitted for the 2019 edition.

The IBP 2021 English edition is organised by ICAS, and sponsored by The Asian Library at Leiden University


Language Editions

To reflect ICAS’ decentring approach, the IBP honours publications in Chinese (simplified / traditional), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. For the English and French language editions we also welcome dissertations on Asia in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 


IBP 2021 Global Hong Kong Studies

Organised and sponsored by the Society for Hong Kong Studies (SHKS), the newest addition to the ICAS Book Prize family is the IBP for Best Article on Global Hong Kong Studies. Find all information here. Submissions are no longer possible (deadline was 1 February 2021).

Asian Studies Book Fair at ICAS 12

The IBP awards ceremony will take place during the ICAS 12 opening on 24 August 2021. The meeting place for the twelfth edition of ICAS is Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto Seika University (SEIKA) will be the main host of ICAS 12 (24-27 August 2021); it will partner with the city, Kyoto Prefecture, The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto, and the city’s museums and craft centres. 

Publishers and academic institutes are invited to exhibit at the Asian Studies Book Fair at ICAS 12, to present their publications, projects and programmes to the large number of attendees. The Book Fair will also host events such as manuscript pitches, author meetings and book launches. Participate at ICAS 12 and enjoy the multitude of networking opportunities, possibilities to share your research and to meet with publishers. More information: 

ICAS 12 Books and Dissertations Presentation Carousel

Closely connected to the IBP is the ICAS Books and Dissertations Presentation Carousel, in which authors are given the floor to present and discuss their work. We also strongly encourage authors of non-English titles to present (in English) their publications at the ICAS 12 Books and Dissertations Presentation Carousel. 
Submit your proposal to ICAS 12 though the online submission system [Submissions are now closed]. 


The ICAS Book Prize 2021 - English Edition is closed for submissions.

Longlisted authors/publishers will be contacted by 1 May 2021