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Call for submissions for the ‘BNAC PhD Dissertation Prize 2022

November 14, 2021

Call for submissions for the ‘BNAC PhD Dissertation Prize 2022’



The Britain-Nepal Academic Council (BNAC) is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the PhD Dissertation Prize 2022. There are up to two prizes to be awarded this year too, and we will accept applications from eligible applicants by 15 February 2022. Details of the call including eligibility criteria, assessment criteria a nd instructions for preparing your submission are as follows:


  1. Applicants must either be registered for a PhD or have graduated from a PhD programme in any country within the last two years (i.e. have passed their PhD no earlier than 15 November 2019).
  2. Applicants who took part in the 2020 and 2021 Prize competitions and did not win the prize may also apply with a new paper, if they meet the above eligibility criterion (point 1).

PhD Paper

  1. Applicants should submit a chapter, a paper submitted for review, or a published paper from their PhD thesis not exceeding 8,000 words.
  2. The paper must be single-authored.
  3. The PhD paper should be in the fields of the social sciences or humanities or papers in technical fields dealing with social dimensions, such as public health and community forestry), and related to Nepal or the Nepali cultural world, broadly understood.
  4. Applicants should also submit evidence of their eligibility along with their paper.


  1. Deadline for submission of applications: 23.59 UK time on 15 February 2022.
  2. Notification of the winner: 04 March 2022.
  3. Award of the prize: 13-14 April 2022, at the BNAC Nepal Study Days in Oxford.


The winners will be selected on a competitive basis by the BNAC PhD Dissertation Prize sub-committee comprising of Prof. Michael Hutt, Dr Stefanie Lotter and Dr Jeevan R Sharma using the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the chapter/paper makes an original contribution to the study of Nepal,
  • The extent to which the chapter/paper makes an original contribution to relevant disciplinary fields,
  • The level of rigour in the research methods used,
  • The originality and efficacy of any innovations in the research methods used,
  • The richness of the empirical data in the paper/chapter,
  • The critical use of the empirical data, and
  • The clarity of the paper’s structure, narrative and argument(s).

The prize

  1. The winning candidates (up to two) will each receive a cash prize of £250.
  2. A runner up candidate will also be named, providing there are sufficient submissions of quality.
  3. We would encourage the winning authors to publish their work in a journal such as HIMALAYA and European Bulletin of Himalayan Research (EBHR).
  4. The prize winners are highly encouraged (not obliged) to submit their papers and attend the Nepal Study Days 2022 on 13-14 April 2022, which will be held at the University of Oxford, and to present their paper there.

Please send your submission to: jeevan.sharma@ed.ac.uk with ‘BNAC Dissertation Prize 2022 submission’ in the subject line.


For more information and enquiries please contact Dr Krishna Adhikari by
email: krishna.adhikari@anthro.ox.ac.uk

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