Graduate Student Prizes

2019 Mori-ASPAC Prize for Graduate Students

In honor of long-time ASPAC member, Professor Mori, this prize recognizes extraordinary graduate student scholarship in any area of Asian Studies. It is open to all students pursuing graduate studies in any discipline and in any area of research pertaining to Asian Studies.

2019 Barlow Prize Graduate Student Prize in Chinese Studies

In honor of the late Jeffrey G. Barlow, (Pacific University), longtime ASPAC advocate and publisher of E-ASPAC, the ASPAC board has instituted a new prize for the best student paper in any area of Chinese studies.

The application for both papers' deadline has been extended to May 15, 2019! 

Graduate students wishing to apply for the Mori-ASPAC Prize or the Barlow Prize should provide the complete conference paper and their faculty supervisor’s cover letter of support.  The faculty support letter should explain contributions of the paper to the field and highlight other merits of the paper. Both prizes come with a monetary award.

The graduate student author does not have to attend a university in the ASPAC area to be eligible but must attend the annual ASPAC conference and present the paper there to receive the award. 

How to Submit your Paper for a Prize

Send an e-mail to the chair of the Graduate Student Prize Selection Committee, Professor Tsuneo Akaha at ( with the subject line “ASPAC Graduate Paper Prize Submission,” indicate which prize(s) you are applying for, and attach both the paper and the letter of support from your professor in the e-mail. Papers are only accepted as a Microsoft Word document or PDF files, should be about 17-25 pages, and should follow disciplinary formatting and citation style. PowerPoint, slide, and other formats are not accepted.  If a paper qualifies for both prizes, it is allowable to submit the single paper for both prizes; simply indicate that in your e-mail.

You can learn more about the history of these two prizes and and find past winners on the ASPAC website.