ASEAS(UK) Master’s Dissertation Prize

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ASEAS is pleased to announce the launch of our Master’s Dissertation Prize to showcase outstanding humanities and social science research on Southeast Asia from postgraduate students across the world.

We invite heads of departments and chairs of departmental examination boards to nominate one dissertation in any area of humanities or social sciences, which focuses on Southeast Asia.

The dissertation should be the best in the subject area (of distinction or first-class quality), focus on a topic relating to Southeast Asia whether ancient or modern, make an original contribution to research debates, and be of excellent quality.

The author of the winning dissertation will receive £150, an additional year of ASEAS membership, and the opportunity to write a blog piece on their research to be published on the ASEAS website and promoted across our social media channels.


  • Dissertations must have been submitted as part of a taught postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MPhil; unfortunately undergraduate dissertations are ineligible for this scheme) in the 2020/2021 academic year.
  • Dissertations must clearly relate to the Southeast Asia region.
  • Dissertations are to address any aspects of Southeast Asian human society and culture or social scientific understanding of Southeast Asian affairs.
  • The dissertation author must be a member of ASEAS to be eligible for consideration.

Submission Guidelines

In order to be taken into consideration, submissions must be nominated by their academic department. The departmental contact should complete the ASEAS Masters Dissertation Prize Nomination Form below and send the completed form to with the subject heading “ASEAS Master’s Dissertation Prize Nomination” by 30 April 2022.

The dissertation abstract along with a 3,000 word extract or chapter (max. 3,000 words) must also be attached as a Word document. Only dissertations achieving a distinction / first class or equivalent internal grade will be considered for the prize. All submissions will be fully anonymised by ASEAS prior to review.

Students cannot submit their own dissertations. ASEAS will only accept department nominations. Students interested in having their dissertations submitted should contact their home department for their nomination.

Review process

Dissertations will be reviewed independently by a judging panel of academic faculty representing multiple disciplines specialising in the Southeast Asia region, and the criteria will include research quality, originality and academic contribution.

Dissertations will be fully anonymised so that any identifying information, including document author properties, is removed before being sent to the review panel.

Any queries about the prize should be sent to ASEAS Secretary Kimberley Weir at