The Bayly Prize

The Bayly Prize Applications and Nominations 2021

£2500 award for a distinguished thesis in an Asian subject falling within the scope of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society or of Modern Asian Studies. The thesis must have been examined and approved for the PhD degree at a British or Irish University in 2020. The date of the final approval letter must fall between 1st January and 31st December 2020.

How to apply:

Please complete the application form BAYLY-PRIZE-APPLICATION-FORM-2021, and return by email with a PDF of your thesis to The Director, Alison Ohta,, and The Events Officer Amy Riach by Wednesday 31st March 2021.

Supervisors may nominate by name alone, but this must be followed by a direct application by the graduate by the closing date of Wednesday 31st March 2021, and two references will still be required by the same date.

Application details required: PDF of thesis, Name, contact details, University, Certificate of the award of the PhD degree in 2020, title of thesis, short synopsis (500 words), chapter headings, name of supervisor and/or examiners and contact details for two referees. Please note that references are also due by Wednesday 31st March 2021 and should be sent to Alison Ohta and Amy Riach . Examiners and supervisors can be referees. 


The Society has appointed the following to be the adjudicating panel for 2021:

Dr T. C.Sherman (LSE) Chair; Professor Naoko Shimazu (NUS); Professor Susanne Brandtstädter (Koln); Professor Rebecca Empson (UCL); Professor Arne Westad (Yale);
The Society records its thanks to Professor Carole McGranahan and to Professor Sunil Amrith for their work as they step down as adjudicators.

Subject suitability enquiries may be sent to The Director by emailing

A shortlist will be published in September. The prizewinner will be announced at a special meeting of the RAS in October, and publication as a Royal Asiatic Society monograph will be offered. Other finalists will be eligible for consideration for an award of the Royal Asiatic Society’s Universities’ Prize Essay, and their work may be considered for publication by the RAS.

The Prize is established by friends and colleagues to mark the outstanding contribution of Professor Sir Christopher Bayly FBA to the study of world history and that of Asia in particular. Further details, contained in the letter appealing for funds, can be found at More Information