Digital Impact Award

Digital Impact Award

January 2023 update: applications for the Digital Impact Award closed on 31st December 2022. The recipient will be announced in February 2023. We are currently re-assessing our awards and grants programme and will make an announcement on the new programme in Summer 2023.

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.
  • 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

The deadline for applications was 31 December 2022.

We are currently re-assessing our awards and grants programme and will make an announcement on the new programme in Summer 2023.

Previous Recipients

Click here to find out more about previous DIA recipients and their projects.


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.

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