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03 November 2019

2019 BASAS Dissertation Prize

BASAS Master's Dissertation Prize 2019

The British Association for South Asian Studies is delighted to announce the 2019 BASAS prize for an outstanding master’s dissertation on a South Asia-related topic. We welcome submissions in any discipline of the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Judges will pay particular attention to the quality of research, understanding of the topic and field, originality, presentation, and methodological rigour.

Last year's prize was won by Leena Dahal (MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge), for her exceptional thesis on Madhesi rights activism and social media in Nepal.

Eligible dissertations will be on any topic relating to South Asia or its diaspora, must be no longer than 20,000 words, and submitted in fulfilment of an MA/MSc/MPhil degree undertaken at a UK institution during the academic year 2018-19.

The successful candidate will be awarded a prize of £150 and a one-year of membership to BASAS. The winning candidate will also receive a complimentary registration to the BASAS Annual Conference 2020. An edited version of the prize-winning dissertation will be considered for publication in one of the BASAS-affiliated journals, Contemporary South Asia or South Asian Studies (subjected to editorial consideration and peer review).

The deadline for applications is midnight on 1 December 2019. Please see attached call for submissions and application form for further details.

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