The RSAA Travel and Adventure Award for travel in 2017
The Royal Society for Asian Affairs invites applications from individuals who will be aged 18-25 at the time of the proposed trip, for the RSAA Travel and Adventure Award (formerly the Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award for Travel).
The Award is to encourage individual purposeful travel in Asia by young people, organized by themselves and not part of a group organized by another organization. Applicants should submit a plan of a project involving travel in a country or countries of Asia and relating to the geography, history, politics, environmental conservation, culture or art of the area to be visited. Any part of Asia, including the Middle East, 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 award will be made on the basis of originality, coherence, evidence of background knowledge, and the degree to which the project is likely to add to general understanding of the area chosen and/or to benefit local people or the applicant. Preference will be given to projects that are not requirements in an academic or other course and ideally should not be part of or related to the curriculum of the applicant’s current course.
Applicants should provide their postal address and contact details for two referees. Candidates may be called to London for interview. However, to avoid unnecessary expense, the aim is to make the award on the basis of written submissions, which should be no more than two sides of A4 in length and should, if possible, be sent both in electronic form and in hard copy. A one-page CV, including date of birth, must be submitted, with a statement detailing how the applicant heard about the award. An acknowledgement of the application will be sent on its receipt.
The successful applicant must submit a 1500-word report within 6 weeks of completion of their trip and will be expected to make a presentation to the Society about the project after its completion, and to provide a photographic or other pictorial record.
The present notice refers to travel in 2016. The award will consist of up to £1000 and two years’ gratis membership of the Society. The adjudicators have discretion to divide the award among more than one candidate if appropriate.
Applications should be sent by 11 November 2016 to The Secretary, The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, 1st Floor, 25 Eccleston Place, London SW1W 9NF (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), to whom any queries should be addressed. The Society will notify successful candidates by 29 January 2017.
Hover over a recipients name to view more details about their projects.
Name: Hasan Suida
Beirut: how art is being used as a tool for change in response to the troubles there
Name: Ravi Kumar
Solo travel following footsteps of K P S Menon in Baluchistan, Punjab & N Pakistan
Name: Christian Dixon
Research into displaced Syrian & Iraqi Christian refugees going to Lebanon, Turkey & South Kurdistan
Name: Nikita Hayward
Myanmar: to speak to the ethnic Chinese in various provinces of the country
2016May Homira Rezai
Name: May Homira Rezai
Afghanistan: to look at the lives of the Hazara people
Name: Emilia Smeds
China: to look at the changing fortunes of bicycle culture
Name: Ben Jones
Iran: to create a photographic record of the markets of Iran
Name: Daoud Jackson
Turkey: to research the architecture and building decoration of the Seljuks
Name: Katherine Crofts-Gibbons
Uzbekistan: to recreate the journey of Rosita Forbes
Name: Sebastian Rumsby
Vietnam: travel to research recent changes in water puppet performances
Name: Anna Kellar
Tajikistan: travel to explore four valleys in Western Badakshan province.
Name: Rohit Dasgupta
India: travel to rural belt around Bihar/Orissa to find out more about ‘Launda’ (dancing boys) community
Name: Kim Jacobsen
India: travel to Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu State to interview Irula tribe re snakes in areas of human habitation.
Name: Jamie Maddison
Central Asia: following in footsteps of Sir Charles Howard-Bury, who travelled there in 1913.
Name: Giulia Camerra
China: analyse causes & consequences of labour shortage hitting manufacturers; will visit 8 textile factories
Name: Shaun McPhee
China: Study of N Korean children in China; long history of migration from N Korea for work, freedom & food.
Name: Felix Vicat
Sri Lanka: interviewing military leaders of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam having spoken to those who won.
Name: Daria Singh
Mongolia: Six months work with Wild Camel Protection Foundation for the breeding & calving season.
Name: Andrew Daynes
Pakistan: Focusing on oral histories/recollections of Gilgit uprising & their thoughts for current & future Gilgit.
Name: Mohammed Khuram
China: retracing George Hayward’s & Robert Shaw’s journey in 1869 from Yarkand to Kashgar (by horse)
Name: Idris Ouahes
Israel: Travel to 5 countries in the ME to study the back-ground of Father Antonin Jaussen, priest & spy WW1
Name: Matthias Determann
Saudi Arabia: travel to study changes in the public sphere, especially in Riyadh & its surroundings
Name: Hannah Warren
India: travel to Madhya Pradesh to study & make pictorial record of female weavers in a community.
Name: Peter Cole
Yemen: travel to Yemen to make a study of the Mehri tribe.
Name: Sonal Barot
Japan: travel to gain a deeper understanding of what lies behind the Indian dance style ‘Bharata Natyam’ in Japan.
Name: Nicholas Farrelly
China: travel to the Jingpo Wunpawng Manao Festival in Lonchuan County, Yunnan Province.
Name: Alice Ekman
China: photographic project in four coastal cities (Beidaihe, Tangu, Tianjin & Qinhuangdao)
Name: Aidan Harris
Tibet: Tibetan identity inside Tibet compared to those in exile; includes travel to Lhasa, Sakya, Amdo & Shigatse.
Name: Ben Caldecott
Malaysia: Survey of environmental & livelihood change in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak.
LATEST RECIPIENT BIO
- 2016 recipients: Katherine Crofts-Gibbons, Daoud Jackson, Ben Jones, May Homira Rezai and Emilia Smeds
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Katherine has received her award to travel to Uzbekistan in order to to travel in the footsteps of Rosita Forbes.
Daoud is researching the architecture and decoration of the Seljuks in Turkey.
Ben plans to create a photographic record of the markets in Iran.
May is travelling to Afghanistan to look into the lives of the Hazara people.
Emilia is off to China to look at the changing fortunes of bicycle culture.
They will be giving their reports on their travels on the evening of 15 February 2017, at the St Peter’s Parish Hall venue.