- Applicants must be MA or PhD students writing a thesis or a doctorate on Central Asia. Postdoctoral scholars are not eligible to participate.
- The essay should be submitted in English (the MA or PhD thesis can be in another language).
- The essay must deal with contemporary wider Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Topics on Afghanistan, Xinjiang, Mongolia and the Volga-Ural region will be accepted too.
- Historical papers will be accepted only if they clearly state how history helps to understand some current issues.
- Papers should be original research projects using primary sources, rather than reviews of existing literature.
- The essay should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words.
- The essay should follow established norms for a scholarly publication and contain:
- An abstract of 150 words maximum,
- A hypothesis discussed in introduction,
- A body in several parts,
- A conclusion summarizing the findings,
- Footnotes or endnotes,
- A bibliography.
The Central Asia Program will review all applications and pre-select the top 10 papers. Applicants will be informed by email if they have been pre-selected. The pre-selected applications will be sent to an Advisory Committee for anonymous reviewing and ranking.
Submit your Application
Submit your application through the online application form by November 15, 2016.