Graduate Paper Prize

The Vietnam Studies Group Graduate Paper Prize Competition

The Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) awards an annual graduate student paper prize. The competition encourages the direct involvement of graduate students in the growth of Vietnamese studies and supports their professional development. The competition is open to full and part time graduate students, regardless of their disciplinary specialization. Preference will be given to sole-authored papers based on original field, archival, and/or statistical research. However, thematic reviews that critically synthesize existing literature on a particular topic related to Vietnamese studies will also be considered.

The winner will receive a $500 prize and a one year subscription to the Journal of Vietnamese Studies. If the winner agrees to pick up their award in person at the VSG annual meeting during the AAS Annual Meeting, they will also receive a $200 travel prize. In addition, they will receive a free year-long membership in VSG, as will the honorable mention, if the sub-committee designates one. The winner(s) will be notified by February before that AAS meeting in March.

Papers may be written in English or Vietnamese. Submissions will be reviewed by a VSG sub-committee, which will evaluate the entries on the basis of their scholarly merit, theoretical and/or methodological originality, clarity, and style. Papers should also have implications that transcend their disciplinary boundaries to reach a broader academic audience.

Submissions are due January. The committee regrets that late submissions will not be considered. Please include a PDF of the conference paper and a letter of good standing from the applicant’s graduate department.    Recent graduates must have graduated within the last six months and can provide proof of the date of degree conferral. 

Additionally, it is a requirement that all submissions come from current VSG members. The AAS secure online payment link is http://www.asian-studies.org/About/Committee-Payment-Donations . People can make donations of any size; the recommended donation for student participants in VSG is $10.  The donor will be provided an online receipt.  VSG is a "study group" of the Association of Asian Studies, and its primary mission is to foster greater participation among Vietnam specialists in AAS and at the annual meeting.  Thus eligibility for VSG prizes requires membership in AAS. Students interested in joining AAS can learn more at http://www.asian-studies.org/Membership/Dues. The student rate is $35 and is renewed annually on the date of joining. For those new to AAS, we hope to encourage greater familiarity with the professional scholarly organization to support scholarship and advance academic careers. 

Lastly, it is strongly desired, but not required, that students who have submitted a paper for consideration attend both the VSG meeting and the AAS conference.


Submissions are due by Jan 20, 2019 11:59pm (HST) to dbiggs@ucr.edu. Contact dbiggs@ucr.edu for questions about the Paper Prize


We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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