Digital Impact Award

Digital Impact Award Autumn 2021 Round opens 1 October and closes 30 November 2021

ASEAS welcomes applications from Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers in any field of Southeast Asian studies for its new Digital Impact Award. 

With travel restricted in the current climate the aim of the award is to support the creation of a digital project based on research or a project that has already been conducted in Southeast Asia.

The project could involve:    

  • The dissemination of research to a non-academic audience through a website or film;
  • Online collaboration with an external partner or organisation in Southeast Asia on a project directly related to your research;
  • The development of a film or similar artistic project. For example the Spring 2021 Digital Impact Award recipient, Charlie Rumsby, is using the award to create a short film about Christian mission in Cambodia. To find out more about the project visit:

The purpose of the funding is to enable scholars to promote their work through a non-traditional platform to both academic and non-academic audiences. It is hoped the process will enable scholars to develop their research and refine their ideas, as well as foster a wider interest in Southeast Asian Studies.


  • The award is open to current members of ASEAS(UK) who are candidates for MRes, MPhil or PhD degrees or Early Career researchers. ‘Early Career’ scholars are those within five years of their first continuing lecturing or research appointment.
  • The Autumn 2021 award is available for digital activities taking place between 1 January and 30 June 2022.
  • There is one award for £1500 open to PhD, MPhil, MRes students and early career researchers.
  • The decision on allocating the award will be made on the basis of the proposed project’s fit with the criteria outlined above and on the expected outcomes.

How to apply

Applicants should contact Kimberley Weir (ASEAS Secretary) for the application form on The application form contains further details of the scheme.

The application form and supporting documents (including references) must be submitted to the ASEAS Secretary on before 30 November 2021.

The Award winner will be selected by the ASEAS Research Grants Committee and informed in January 2022. Details of the Grants Committee members can be found at:

Spring 2021 Award Recipient

The ASEAS(UK) Research Grants Sub-Committee is pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Digital Impact Award recipient is Dr. Charlie Rumsby!

Charlie Rumsby is a research Fellow at the Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University with research interests in youth, children, belonging and citizenship.

Charlie is using the award to create a short film about Christian mission in Cambodia. To find out more about the project visit:

[Image: Courtesy Charlie Rumsby. Illustrator: Ben Thomas]


Impact, Digital Impact, and Methods Workshop Catch Up
If you’re interested in applying for the Digital Impact Award and would like to see how other researchers have made a digital impact, you can still watch the recording of our Digital Impact Workshop, which took place as part of the ASEAS-SEAC Digital Summer School in May.