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Dor Bahadur Bista Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper

The Dor Bahadur Bista Prize honors the life, career, and service of Dor Bahadur Bista, Nepal’s first anthropologist and former Honorary President of the ANHS predecessor organization, the Nepal Studies Association (NSA). The purpose of the prize is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students whose research focuses on the areas of High Asia (Hindu Kush – Karakoram – Himalaya – Tibetan Plateau) that comprise the principal interests of ANHS. Submissions from all academic disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and arts will be accepted.

Submissions from all academic disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and arts will be accepted. All submissions are expected to be ready for publication and must not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publishing at the time of submission. HIMALAYA, the journal of ANHS, reserves the right of first refusal for publishing any awarded papers. Like all papers submitted to HIMALAYA, papers will be peer reviewed and must conform to the journal’s submission guidelines (see details at: https://himalayajournal.org/submit/). Multiple author papers are acceptable, provided that the graduate student applicant is the first author

Eligibility is restricted to graduate students in good standing who do not hold the degree of PhD as of the submission deadline. Undergraduates, even those who have written honors theses, are not eligible.  

Requirements for Submission
To enter the competition, each student author must submit the following ELECTRONICALLY: 

  1. A one-paragraph (200-300 word) abstract of the paper
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. The complete paper, not to exceed 8,000 words, sent in .doc or .docx format, with the word count clearly labeled
  4. A transcript from your graduate institution, indicating graduate status or a letter of support from your graduate advisor, indicating your standing as a graduate student 

Deadline for Submission: November 15, 2021 
Submit application package to: prize@anhs-Himalaya.org 
Selection of Award: All submissions will be reviewed and selected by an ANHS subcommittee.
Expected date of Award: December 31, 2021

Award: The winner will receive a cash award of $150 and will be recognized at the annual South Asian Studies Conference in Madison, WI, along with an invitation to submit the paper to HIMALAYA. A list of past winners and their paper titles are listed on the ANHS website.

A pdf of the call can be accessed here.


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