The ASAA funds the following prizes, awards and grants.

John Legge Prize for best thesis in Asian Studies

Prize winners receive  $2,000 AUD cheque, award certificate, books to the value of $500 AUD from DK Agencies (The DK Award) and priority consideration for publication in one of the ASAA book series. Runner-up Prize winners receive $1,000 AUD and an award certificate.

ASAA Event Funding Scheme

Every two years, the ASAA funds up to two workshops, symposia or conferences, with grants worth up to $10,000 AUD each.

Wang Gungwu Prize for best Asian Studies Review Article

A Wang Gungwu Prize selection panel drawn from members of the ASAA Council and Executive selects a winner each year. Prize winners receive $1500 AUD cheque and free Open Access for their article from Taylor and Francis. Prior to 2013 the prize was known as the ‘Best ASR Article Prize’. The Prize was renamed in honour of Professor Wang Gungwu, the distinguished historian who has contributed enormously to scholarship not only in Australia but also in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.  He was also a key person behind the formation of the ASAA in 1976 and has served as its President.

ASAA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Post-Doctoral Fellowship winners receive $5000 AUD to assist PhD graduates to develop work for publication.

2014 – Catherine Smith – ANU – ‘War, medicine and morality in Aceh: an ethnography of trauma as an idiom of distress

Postgraduate Conference Awards

In the Asian Studies Association of Australia, we pride ourselves on promoting young scholars as a key part of our activities as a professional association. For this reason, we support the attendance of postgraduate students at our biennial conferences, and the associated postgraduate workshops.

Postgraduate students whose work includes a thesis component and who are ASAA members will be invited to apply for bursaries for the July 2018 conference.  More details will be available closer to the time. Students who wish to apply for the bursary should ensure that they respond to the Call for Papers by the deadline, as they will be required to provide evidence that they have submitted a panel or paper proposal. Please note that bursaries generally do not cover the full cost of the conference. They will cover conference fees and a contribution to other costs.

As a non-binding guide, the 2016 regulations appear below.