Entries for the BACS Early Career Researcher Prize 2019 have now closed.

The BACS 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, subject to satisfactory revision according to judging panel recommendations;
  • a cash prize of £250;
  • reimbursement of travel costs to the Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2019 to be held at the University of Edinburgh (4-6 September 2019);
  • mention on the BACS website and in the BACS Bulletin.

The submission deadline was Monday 30 April 2019.

Please read the full conditions and entry requirements before submission.


Previous Winners:


2018 winner Ros Holmes (centre) with 2016 winner Pamela Hunt (left), and former JBACS editor Sarah Dauncey (right).


2019:  No award made.

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.