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Call for submissions for the ‘BNAC PhD Dissertation Prize 2021

January 18, 2021



Following the success and popularity of the PhD Dissertation Prize in 2018, 2019 and 2020, the Britain-Nepal Academic Council (BNAC) is pleased to announce its ‘PhD Dissertation Prize’ for 2021. We are pleased to announce up to two prizes this year, and that we will now be accepting applications from eligible candidates registered in any country in the world. Applications are invited from eligible candidates by 15h March 2021. Details of the call including eligibility criteria and instructions for preparing your submission are as follows:


  1. Applicants must either be registered for a PhD or have graduated from any countries within the last two years (i.e. have passed their PhD no earlier than 15 January 2019).
  2. Applicants who took part in the 2019 and 2020 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 10,000 words; and
  2. The PhD paper should be in the fields of the social sciences or humanities 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.
  3. Applicants should also submit evidence of their eligibility along with their paper.

(Clarification: The PhD paper must be single-authored.)


  1. Deadline for submission of applications: 23.59 BST on 15th March 2021.
  2. Notification of the winner: 15 April 2021.
  3. Award of the prize: Virtual, 22-23 April 2021, in UCL London, at the BNAC Nepal Study Days.


  1. The winners will be selected on a competitive basis by the BNAC PhD Dissertation Prize sub-committee.

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. The prize winners are encouraged (not obliged) to attend the Nepal Study Days on the 22-23 April 2021, and to present their paper there.

Please send your application to Bista, Sapana Basnet at S.Bista@2014.ljmu.ac.uk



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

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