The 2021 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 2021 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.

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 £500;
  • mention on the BACS website and in the BACS Bulletin.

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 2021 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 established scholars in the field. The winner will be selected from all entries recommended for publication by the judges.

The deadline is midnight Friday 30 April 2021. 

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.’

2018:  Ros Holmes.  ‘Bad Citizens and Symbolic Subjects: Wang Jin, Zhou Tiehai and the Art of (In)Civility’.  Now published in the British Journal of Chinese Studies vol. 9, no. 2 (2019): 113-46.

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.