RSAA Travel Award

Royal Society for Asian Affairs

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Grant amount: Up to £1,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 1, 2020

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research, Conference, Project / Program

Location of project: Asia

Location of residency: United Kingdom

Must travel to: Asia

Age restriction: Between 21 and 28 years of age

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About the RSAA

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA) exists as an educational charity to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Central Asia and countries from the Middle East to Japan. The Society hosts lectures and encourages debate on a wide variety of topics, from political history and current affairs, military affairs, culture, literature and the arts, exploration and the environment.

To achieve its objectives, the Society seeks to provide a balanced programme of activities and publications which, while not neglecting the past, gives a span of opportunities for members to keep up-to-date with developments in Asian countries and for discussions on a broad and diverse range of topics of common interest to Asia and the West.

Our objectives are:

  • to promote learning and advance education in the subject of, and with regard to, all the countries of Asia;
  • to create environments conducive to the objectives of the Society;
  • to conserve all of the Society’s valuable archives, photographic and written;
  • to develop all kinds of channels for the wider knowledge and understanding of the Society’s heritage and current Activities.

RSAA Travel Award

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs invites applications for Travel Awards to support practical projects and research that have the potential to contribute to advances in scholarly or other public knowledge including, but not limited to, post-graduate degrees, journalism and travel writing. The awards are intended to support individual travel and may not be used for commercial purposes or to fund participation in activities arranged by another organisation.

Applicants should submit a proposal of no more than two sides of A4, involving travel in a country or countries of Asia in 2020 and relating to the geography, history, politics, environment, conservation, culture or art of the area to be visited. Any part of Asia, from eastern Turkey and the Middle East to Japan, may be chosen. Plans should be costed as far as possible and should state the duration of the travel involved and how the costs will be met. The awards will be made on the basis of originality, coherence, evidence of background knowledge, and the degree to which the proposal is likely to add to knowledge and understanding of the area chosen. A one-page CV should accompany the proposal, including postal address, email address and date of birth.

Applications will be assessed by a panel appointed by the RSAA. Applicants can expect to be informed of the outcome by mid-December 2019.

Awards are for travel in 2020 and may be of any amount up to £1,000 at the discretion of the awards panel. The panel will have the discretion to make multiple awards or none. Successful applicants will also receive two year’s free membership of the RSAA.

Successful applicants must, after completion of their travel, provide an account of the project undertaken (including a photographic or other pictorial record) to the RSAA. This may be in the form of a presentation at a meeting of the RSAA or a video or podcast that the RSAA can share with its members and use in promotion of the Awards and of its activities more generally. The Society attaches particular importance to this commitment.

The Editor of the Society’s journal Asian Affairs will welcome submissions based on award-supported activities and research.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be aged 21-28 at the time of application.
  • Applicants may be of any nationality but should be normally resident in the UK.