Pacific Circle ECR Prize

The Pacific Circle invites submissions from early career scholars, taken to be scholars who have recently completed a PhD, for the award of a new prize. 

The Pacific Circle was established in 1985 to support and promote research and exchanges in the history of science, medicine, and other practices of knowledge in the Asia-Pacific region, broadly construed. We take knowledge to encompass a cross-cultural diversity of beliefs about the workings of the universe and the command of a myriad of techniques applied to investigations and manipulations of worldly phenomena. The prize will mark excellent work in this field of work. It is intended to assist early career scholars to transform their doctorate to a first monograph or to a set of papers. The awardee will benefit from the chance for critical discussion of their work with mentors and experts in the field and an online event will be held under the aegis of the Circle to showcase their work. 

Any scholar who has recently completed their PhD is eligible to apply. Pasifika and Indigenous scholars are especially encouraged to submit their work for the prize. 

Applicants should send a book proposal or other such proposal outlining how they hope to publish their work. This should be accompanied by one chapter from their doctorate in manuscript or a publication. They should also include a short note with the title of the PhD and the institution in which it was awarded. 

The prize will be USD 500. All entries should be received by 1 June 2024 and to the address of the Pacific Circle which is thepacificcircle@gmail.com. A small committee will choose the most eligible, promising, and high-quality application with the aim of holding a workshop around the winner’s work by the end of this calendar year.