Research Impact Awards

Image courtesy former RIA recipient Charlie Rumsby | Illustrator: Ben Thomas

The Research Impact Award is awarded annually to members of ASEAS to support research and impact activities in Southeast Asian Studies.

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Types of projects funded include:

  • Fieldwork in Southeast Asia or key sites in the diaspora;
  • Research visits to important regional archives, museums, collections, exhibitions or performances (concerning but not necessarily located in Southeast Asia);
  • The hiring of a research assistant to consult archives remotely or the purchase of an individual subscription to an online resource database;
  • A visit to engage in collaborative work (for example, writing, artistic practice or the development of a digital project) with an academic or practitioner colleague from another institution in Southeast Asia;
  • The development or dissemination of a film, audio piece, website, or other artistic project in order to communicate research to a non-academic audience;
  • Delivery of a paper to an academic or practitioner audience based on research previously conducted on/in the region.


  • Applicants can be based anywhere in the world but must be members of ASEAS and Early Career Researchers. ‘Early Career’ scholars are those working at postgraduate level or above or within five years of their first continuing lecturing or research appointment.
  • One award of up to £1500 is allocated each year.
  • The decision on allocating the award will be made on the basis of the proposed project’s fit with the criteria outlined in the Guidance Notes (see below) and on the expected outcomes. Awards cannot be made retrospectively. 

How to apply

To request an application form and Guidance notes please email the ASEAS Operations Manager at

The deadline for applications is 3 November 2023. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in December 2023.

Previous recipients

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

For more information on the awards please contact Kimberley Weir, ASEAS Operations Manager, on