This award is made every three years, in recognition of outstanding contribution to scholarship in the field of Asian Studies. It has replaced the RAS Gold Medal which was last awarded in 1990. The first recipient of the award was John Gullick in 2001, a noted scholar of the Malay world. Other recipients include Professor Edmund Bosworth in 2003, Professor Christopher Shackle in 2006 and Professor Sir Christopher Bayly in 2009.
The Sir Richard Burton Medal
Sir Richard Burton was one of the Society's most famous and adventurous members. The award was established in 1923, in conjunction with the Richard Burton Memorial Lecture programme, which was set up a few years before to mark the 100th anniversary of Burton's birth. The person who receives the award is also expected to deliver the lecture, on Burton, his travels or some related topic. Well known scholars and travellers who have received the award include Freya Stark (1934) and Wilfred Thesiger (1966). It was awarded to Simon Digby in 1999 and Professor David Snellgrove in 2004. The 2009 Sir Richard Burton Medal was awarded to the late Ralph Pinder Wilson and received by his nephew Richard Robinson.
The Denis Sinor Medal
This award was inaugurated in 1993 by Professor Denis Sinor, specifically to honour scholars in the field of Inner Asian Studies. It was awarded in 2001 to Academician Sh. Bira for his outstanding work on Mongolia and Inner Asian historiography. Previous recipients were Professor Sir Harold Bailey in 1993 and Professor Karl Jettmar in 1998. It was awarded in 2007 to Dr Igor de Rachewiltz.
THE NEW BARWIS-HOLLIDAY AWARD FOR FAR EASTERN STUDIES
Edward Barwis-Holliday instituted an annual monetary award for Far Eastern Studies in the early 1980s. His purpose was to promote research into the aanthropology, art, history, literature, or religion of Japan, China, Korea or the eastern regions of the Soviet Union. British universities with Oriental Faculties were informed of the initiative and the first award, of £100, was made in 1981 for a paper entitled, On the transmission of the Shen Tzu and the Yang-sheng yao-chi.
In January 2001 the Publications Committee of the Royal Asiatic Society agreed to update the award to £250. Universities throughout the English-speaking world are now informed and submisssions to the first two New Awards were received from seven different countries. The first New Award went to David Page Branner of the University of Maryland for his article, On early Chinese morphology and its intellectual history. William South Coblin of the University of Iowa was the recipient of the second New Award for his article Robert Morrison and the phonology of Mid-Qing Mandarin. James Huntley Grayson has been awarded the third New Award. The fourth has gone to Richard John Lynn.
Scholars are invited to submit papers on the topics listed above. Award-winning and short-listed entries will be published in the Society's Journal, within the usual format. No rigid limit is imposed on the length of the contribution but it should be appreciated that the most suitable length of the contribution is deemed to be around 6,000 words.
Papers should be in 'hard copy' on A4 sheets with double line-spacing accompanied by an electronic version. Alternatively scholars may submit by email attachment as long as text is double-spaced and a postal address supplied.
Postal Submissions should be addressed to the Barwis-Holliday 7th Award, Charlotte de Blois, Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD,
by 31st December 2013.
Electronic Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org subject 'Barwis-Holliday Award'
TWO NEW JRAS AWARDS
The Professor Mary Boyce Prize for an Article relating to the study of religion in Asia £250
The Royal Asiatic Society will again be awarding the Boyce prize for articles relating to the study of religion in Asia. Award-winning submissions will be published in the Society's peer-reviewed Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, which since 1834 has provided a forum for scholarly articles of the highest quality on South Asia, the Middle East (together with North Africa and Ethiopia), Central Asia, East Asia and South-East Asia. The focus of the prize is any religion, anywhere in Asia and at any time, and the Society's main aim is to encourage the submission of pieces of research that make innovative contributions to understanding and learning within their own fields.
The Sir George Staunton Prize for an article by a young scholar £250
It will also be awarding, for a third time, the Staunton Prize, a new prize for essays produced by young scholars ('young scholar' being defined as either someone in the process of completing their PhD or someone who has been awarded their doctorate within the last five years) working on the history, archaeology, literature, language, religion, archaeology and art of Asia. The focus is not limited to any specific region within Asia or to any particular discipline, thus reflecting the broad remit of the Society's activities and interests. Award-winning submissions will be published in the Society's peer-reviewed Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. No rigid limit is imposed on the length of the contribution but it should be appreciated that the most suitable length is c. 6,000 words. Submissions should be in 'hard copy' on A4 sheets with double spacing accompanied by an electronic version. Alternatively scholars may submit by email attachment, providing a postal address is supplied, to: Executive Editor, The Journal, Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way London NW1, 2HD, By 31st October, 2013.
The Charles Wallace Trust
The Charles Wallace (Pakistan) Trust Fellowship in conjunction with The Royal Asiatic Society, London
The Charles Wallace (Pakistan) Trust Fellowship in conjunction with the Royal Asiatic Society proposes to elect a Visiting Fellow from Pakistan who would benefit from pursuing research in the library and/or collections of the Royal Asiatic Society, London. Priority will be given to projects which will make use of material e.g. manuscripts, drawings etc) which are uniquely available at the Society. The tenure of the Fellowship is for three months and travel and subsistence costs will be covered. The scholar should have completed a PhD on some aspect of Asian studies (in the arts/humanities) and have a proven track record in research and publication. Preference will be given to young scholars (usually under 45) and those who have not had any previous opportunity to undertake study or research abroad. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a detailed account of current research and plan of study of at least 3000 words, and copies of two pieces of recently published or unpublished written work. Please also arrange for two referees to send confidential references directly to Alison Ohta, Director, Royal Asiatic Society.
Closing date for applications:
20th March 2013.
Applications should be sent to:
Alison Ohta, Director
Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD
Telephone: +44 2073884539
Fax: +44 203919429;