The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) invites early career researchers to submit an original research paper for consideration for the 2017 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 organization, which aims to encourage and promote Chinese studies in the United Kingdom, in particular, by organizing conferences, lectures, seminars and other appropriate activities, by disseminating information, and by encouraging co-operation among persons and organizations 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.

Last year’s prize winner was Dr Pamela Hunt (University of Oxford). Her paper – ‘Drifting through the Capital: “Floating” Migrants and Masculinity in Xu Zechen’s Fiction’ – was published in the Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies Volume 6, December, 2016.


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 2017 annual BACS conference in Glasgow (7-9 September);
  • mention on the BACS website and in the BACS Bulletin.

The Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies is an 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 6,000-10,000 words should be submitted through our journal online submission system at Please refer to for instructions on how to prepare and submit your manuscript. The covering message must clearly state that the paper is for the Early Career Researcher Prize 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 closing date is 30 April 2017Now extended to 31 May 2017!

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

Any queries should be directed to competition organisers, Dr Sarah Dauncey ( and Dr Gerda Wielander (


Previous Winners:

The inaugural (2016) British Association for Chinese Studies Early Career Researcher Prize was awarded to Dr Pamela Hunt for her paper ‘Drifting Through the Capital: “Floating” Migrants and Masculinity in Xu Zechen’s Fiction’.  In the words of one of the anonymous referees:

This carefully researched article examines the dynamic links between movement and masculinity in Xu Zechen’s works ‘Running through Zhongguancun’ and ‘Xi xia’.  It argues that travelling is closely associated with marginality and rebellion in Xu’s works and thus explores a ‘new, personal sense of moral agency’.  The article is persuasive, and beautifully written. It helps to complicate and develop a more nuanced understanding of a very striking phenomenon.

Congratulations Pamela!