Honorary Doctorates

Waseda University confers the Honorary Doctorate on individuals for distinction in academia, culture and other areas.

Okuma Memorial Academic Prize

This prize was established in 1958 in memory of Shigenobu Okuma, founder of the University, to promote the arts and sciences. The Okuma Academic Commemorative Prize is awarded to faculty members for distinguished achievement in research and contributions to progress in academia over many years. The Okuma Academic Encouragement Prize is awarded to faculty members for outstanding individual research results.

Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts

This award, created in 1982 to commemorate the centennial of the University, honors alumni over 70 years of age who have made distinguished contributions to the arts.

Award for Distinguished Service in Sports

This award, created in 1982 to commemorate the centennial of the University, honors alumni over 70 years of age who have made distinguished contributions in sports.

Azusa Ono Memorial Awards

This award, dedicated to University co-founder Azusa Ono, is for the specific purpose of elevating the Waseda Spirit. The Azusa Ono Memorial Award Fund was created in 1959. Awards are presented during graduation ceremonies to individual students or groups who have distinguished themselves or have made outstanding contributions in the fields of Academic Studies, The Arts or Sports during the previous year.

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellow is a lifetime title awarded to retired faculty members who have worked at Waseda University full-time for at least ten years and who have received a separate prize from the Executive Board for outstanding research results during their term of service.

Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award

The award aims to honor journalists working for progress in society, culture and democracy.

Waseda University Tsubouchi Shoyo Award

The award, established in memory of Dr. Shoyo Tsubouchi, founder of the school of literature, honors distinguished work in literature, culture and the arts.

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