The 2022 BACS Early Career Researcher Prize (ECR) is now open for entries.

The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) invites early career researchers to submit an original research paper for consideration for the 2022 BACS Early Career Researcher Prize.

The research paper can be on any arts, humanities or social sciences 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.

Founded in 1976, BACS is a non-political organisation which aims to encourage and promote Chinese studies in the United Kingdom, in particular, by organising conferences, lectures, seminars and other appropriate activities, by disseminating information, and by encouraging co-operation among persons and organisations concerned with the study of China.

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.

Previous prize winners include Dr Angela Becher (University of Liverpool). Dr Denise Kwan (University of Bristol), Dr Kailing Xie (University of Warwick), Dr Pamela Hunt (University of Oxford), and Dr Coraline Jortay (University of Oxford).


The prize
The winner will receive:

  • publication of the winning paper in the British Journal of Chinese Studies (BJoCS), subject to satisfactory revisions (where needed) according to peer review and judging panel recommendations;
  • a cash prize of £250;
  • reimbursement of travel costs to the 2022 BACS conference to be held at the University of Oxford (31st August -2nd  September 2022);
  • mention on the BACS website and in the BACS Bulletin.

The British Journal of Chinese Studies is a platinum open access, peer-reviewed e-journal publishing articles and reviews in the discipline areas covered by the British Association for Chinese Studies.


How to enter
Entries of between 7,000-10,000 words should be submitted through our journal online submission system. Please see here for details including style guide please visit:

The message to the editors must clearly state that the paper is for the Early Career Researcher Prize 2022 and be accompanied by a letter from the entrant’s home institution confirming their status and/or a certificate confirming PhD award date.

All entries will go through anonymous peer review by a panel of judges consisting of members of the editorial team, the editorial board, and other established scholars in the field. The winner will be selected from all entries recommended for publication by the judges.


The deadline is midnight Saturday 30 April 2022.

Entrants should read the Competition Rules for full details of the terms and conditions of the prize.


Any queries should be directed to BACS via Dr Jennifer Altehenger

Previous Winners:

2019: Angela Becher. ‘The Digital Illusion: New Media Artists Exploring the Phenomenology of Space.’


Following the retraction of the article by Ros Holmes from the British Journal of Chinese Studies because of evidence of significant breaches of academic conduct, the award has been given to the runner-up.

Kwan, Denise. (2019). Dressing Up, Dressing Down! Situating Identities and Negotiating Otherness Through the Bodies of British Chinese Women. British Journal of Chinese Studies9(1), 117 – 159.

2017:  Kailing Xie.  ‘Premarital Abortion, What is the Harm?  The Responsibilisation of Women’s Pregnancy among China’s “Privileged” Daughters’.  Now published in the Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies, vol. 8, no. 1 (2018): 1-31.

2016:  Pamela Hunt.  ‘Drifting Through the Capital: “Floating” Migrants and Masculinity in Xu Zechen’s Fiction’.  Now published in the Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies, vol. 6 (2016): 1-34.