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LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre UK Postgraduate Dissertation Prize


The LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre UK Postgraduate Dissertation Prize is a new scheme launched by the Centre in the 2019/2020 academic year, to showcase outstanding social science research on Southeast Asia from students in the UK.

SEAC is excited to announce a new nationwide annual prize for postgraduate dissertations relating to Southeast Asia, to showcase the best of Southeast Asia research among students in the UK. The winner is to be awarded a prize of £200, and will be offered the opportunity to convert and publish the dissertation as a SEAC Working Paper.

The deadline for nominations is midnight 22nd  November 2019, and decisions will be relayed by the end of January 2020.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Dissertations must have been submitted as part of a taught postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MPhil; unfortunately undergraduate dissertations are ineligible for this scheme) in the 2018/2019 academic year
  • Dissertations must clearly relate to the Southeast Asia region
  • Dissertations should align with one or more of SEAC’s core research themes.

Submission Guidelines:

In order to be taken into consideration, applicants must be nominated by their academic department and nominations should be sent to seac.admin@lse.ac.uk with subject heading “SEAC PG Dissertation Prize Nomination”. The dissertation must be attached either as a Word document or as PDF, include the name, degree title and email address of the student, and the nominating department should give some indication of the internal grade awarded, even if this is only provisional. All submissions will be fully anonymised by SEAC prior to review.

Students cannot submit their own dissertations. SEAC will only accept department nominations.Students interested in having their dissertations submitted should contact their home department for their nomination

Review process:

Dissertations will be reviewed independently by a judging panel of academic faculty representing multiple disciplines specialising in the Southeast Asia region, and the criteria will include appropriate alignment with SEAC’s research themes as well as research quality, originality and academic contribution.

Dissertations will be fully anonymised so that any identifying information, including document author properties, is removed before being sent to the review panel.

Any queries about the prize should be sent to SEAC Centre Manager Dr. Lee Mager  ( a.l.mager@lse.ac.uk).