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Early Career and Mid-Career Book Prizes

Early Career and Mid-Career Book Prizes

Early Career Book Prize

Applications for the ECR Book Prize are now closed. The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is proud to award a biennial Early Career Book Prize in Asian Studies, which recognises the outstanding work of early career scholars. The winner of the prize receives $1,000. There may be an honorable mention for the runner up.

Current ASAA members are eligible to apply. Winners of the prize will be notified by May 2024. Further details are provided in the drop-down menu below.

The committee will not enter into correspondence from applicants regarding the announcement deadline. Individual feedback is not provided to unsuccessful applicants. It is a condition of receipt of the prize that the winner is willing to serve on the committee for this prize in a future round. 

  • The book must have been published in 2022-2023
  • The author must be a member of ASAA at the time of nomination
  • The book must be a monograph and must deal primarily with a country or countries of Asia or with Australia’s relationship with Asia
  • The book must be in the humanities or social sciences disciplines, broadly defined
  • The book must be sole-authored
  • The book must be the author’s first book, or a later book published by an early career scholar. An early career scholar is defined as up to five years post-PhD, with allowance for career interruptions according to ARC funding rules
  • The author must have had an association with an Australian university at the time of writing and/or publication of the book (for example, the book was based on a PhD submitted at an Australian university, the author is associated with an Australian university in a staff, casual or adjunct position, or in the form of a visiting fellowship etc.)

Those applying for the prize will be asked to fill out the Early Career Book Prize nomination form, which asks for:

  • Name and institutional affiliation
  • Full publication details of nominated book 
  • Email address for relevant contact at publisher

Once the application deadline has passed, the chair of the committee will email all applicants the postal addresses of the three judges and it is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange hardcopies to be sent to each judge (such as by arranging this with the publisher). Applicants are also encouraged to make an e-version available in case there are problems with the delivery of hardcopies.

Winners of the prize will be notified by May 2024.

A list of the past winners of the Early Career Book Prize can be found here.

2022

  • Professor Li Narangoa (ANU)
  • Associate Professor Susie Protschky (Deakin)
  • Dr Yu Tao (UWA)

I am eligible for the ECR/MCR book prize and the Reid prize? Can I apply for both in the same year?

No. A book can only be nominated for one ASAA book prize at any one time.

I am eligible for the ECR/MCR book prize and the Reid prize. Which one should I apply to?

The choice is up to the author. Please note that the ECR/MCR prize is only open to books published in the two years prior to the round; whereas the eligibility window for the Reid prize is four years.

If I apply for the ECR/MCR book prize this round (2023), can I apply for the Reid prize in the future round (2025)?

Yes, as long as your book meets the eligibility window for each prize. Keep in mind that the Reid prize requires further justification about impact. The main thing is that you cannot nominate your book for two prizes in the same round/year.

Can I apply for the ECR/MCR prize twice? 
 
No. You can only enter the prize once
 
My publisher released the book in 2023, but the book is dated 2024. Can I still apply this round? 
 
An author can only apply for the ECR/MCR prize once. As long as the book has been released in print, you are eligible to apply in that round. You will not be able to reapply in a later round.

Mid Career Book Prize

Applications for the MCR Book Prize have now closed. 

The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is proud to award a biennial Mid-Career Book Prize in Asian Studies, which recognises the outstanding work of mid career scholars. The winner of the prize will receive $1,000. There may be an honorable mention for the runner up. 

Current ASAA members are eligible to apply. Applications for the Mid Career Book Prize are now closed. Winners of the prize will be notified by May 2024. Further details are provided in the drop-down menu below.

The committee will not enter into correspondence from applicants regarding the announcement deadline. Individual feedback is not provided to unsuccessful applicants. It is a condition of receipt of the prize that the winner is willing to serve on the committee for this prize in a future round. 

  • The book must have been published in 2022-2023
  • The author must be a member of ASAA at the time of nomination
  • The book must be a monograph and must deal primarily with a country or countries of Asia or with Australia’s relationship with Asia
  • The book must be in the humanities or social sciences disciplines, broadly defined
  • The book must be sole-authored
  • The book must be a second or third book written by an author who is employed below level E (full professor) at an Australian university or who is otherwise formally affiliated to an Australian university (for example, in a casual or adjunct position, or in the form of a visiting fellowship) for at least three of the last five years. Eligibility is judged at time of publication

Those applying for the prize will be asked to fill out the Mid Career Book Prize nomination form, which asks for:

  • Name and institutional affiliation
  • Full publication details of nominated book 
  • Email address for relevant contact at publisher

Once the application deadline has passed, the chair of the committee will email all applicants the postal addresses of the three judges and it is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange hardcopies to be sent to each judge (such as by arranging this with the publisher). Applicants are also encouraged to make an e-version available in case there are problems with the delivery of hardcopies.

Applications for the Mid-Career Book Prize have now closed. Winners of the prize will be notified by May 2024.

A list of the past winners of the Mid Career Book Prize can be found here.

2022

  • Associate Professor David Hundt (Deakin)
  • Professor Kathy Robinson (ANU)
  • Dr Arjun Subrahmanyan (Murdoch University)

I am eligible for the ECR/MCR book prize and the Reid prize? Can I apply for both in the same year?

No. A book can only be nominated for one ASAA book prize at any one time.

I am eligible for the ECR/MCR book prize and the Reid prize. Which one should I apply to?

The choice is up to the author. Please note that the ECR/MCR prize is only open to books published in the two years prior to the round; whereas the eligibility window for the Reid prize is four years.

If I apply for the ECR/MCR book prize this round (2023), can I apply for the Reid prize in the future round (2025)?

Yes, as long as your book meets the eligibility window for each prize. Keep in mind that the Reid prize requires further justification about impact. The main thing is that you cannot nominate your book for two prizes in the same round/year.

Can I apply for the ECR/MCR prize twice? 
 
No. You can only enter the prize once
 
My publisher released the book in 2023, but the book is dated 2024. Can I still apply this round? 
 
An author can only apply for the ECR/MCR prize once. As long as the book has been released in print, you are eligible to apply in that round. You will not be able to reapply in a later round.

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