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 lengthand 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: email@example.com), to whom any queries should be addressed. The Society will notify successful candidates by 29 January 2017.
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