The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) invites early career researchers to submit an original research paper for consideration for the 2018 BACS Early Career Researcher Prize.

The research paper can be on any arts, humanities or social science topic on traditional or modern China, broadly conceived. All submissions must involve original research on China or Chinese language sources, and engage with relevant academic literature in Chinese Studies.

The British Association for Chinese Studies Early Career Researcher Prize, which is kindly supported by the Universities’ China Committee in London, was established in 2016 to:

  • stimulate new research in arts, humanities and social sciences on traditional and modern China;
  • recognise excellence in the field of Chinese Studies;
  • promote early career researchers in the field.

The prize
The winner will receive:

  • publication of the winning paper in Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies (JBACS), subject to satisfactory revision according to judging panel recommendations;
  • a cash prize of £250;
  • reimbursement of travel costs to the 2018 annual BACS conference to be held at Kings College London (12-14 September 2018);
  • mention on the BACS website and in the BACS Bulletin.

The deadline for the 2018 competition has now passed.  The winner will be announced at the BACS Annual Conference in September.


Previous Winners:

2017.  Kailing Xie.  ‘Premarital Abortion, What is the Harm?  The Responsibilisation of Women’s Pregnancy among China’s “Privileged” Daughters’.  Now published in JBACS vol. 8 (1), Jan 2018: 1-31.

2016.  Pamela Hunt.  ‘Drifting Through the Capital: “Floating” Migrants and Masculinity in Xu Zechen’s Fiction’.  Now published in JBACS vol. 6, Dec 2016: 1-34.