Southeast Asia Institute Student Essay Prize 2023

Children on the street image by Bernard Spragg.NG on Flickr
Image by Bernard Spragg.NG on Flickr

The Inaugural Southeast Asia Institute Student Essay Prize 2023 recognises the best academic essay by an undergraduate, Honours or Masters student from any discipline at the ANU. The aim of this award is two-fold. First, it is aimed at promoting the value of studying Southeast Asia to a new generation of scholars. Second, it seeks to recognise fresh perspectives on Southeast Asian regional issues through innovative analytical approaches and/or use of new empirical findings. Essays may be originally developed for the prize or previously submitted to any course for the 2023 academic year.

Prize criteria

  • The chosen topic must address any regional security issue or theme relating to Southeast Asia.
  • The winning essay will be assessed in terms of 1) depth of research; 2) high writing quality; and 3) innovative analytical approach to the chosen topic.
  • Submissions must be between 3000-5000 words (excluding bibliography).
  • Essays must follow ANU policies on student assessment and academic integrity.
  • Any academic referencing style is accepted but must be used consistently.

The winner will receive $500 and a certificate of recognition.

To apply
We welcome self-nominations and third-party nominations. Please email to and with the following information:

1. A soft copy of the essay
2. Contact details of the author(s).
3. A statement of nomination, with reference to the Prize Criteria above (max 300 words).

Closing date: 12pm, 10 November 2023.

Announcement of results: 1 December 2023.

The prize winner will be decided by a selection committee chaired by Dr Maria Tanyag (Department of International Relations, ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs).