Young Voices on Asia Best Paper Prizes

The Asia New Zealand Foundation's Young Voices on Asia prizes are for outstanding papers that articulate New Zealand's engagement with Asia.

New Zealand undergraduate and post-graduate students are welcome to submit their entry for one of five Best Paper prizes of $1000*

Applications can be made by submitting a maximum 2000-word article (excluding footnotes/references).

Papers can be edited versions of dissertations/chapters but must not have been previously published and must be: 

  • accessible for the general public
  • be premised upon sound and succinct argument/assessment
  • be accurate and informed (context and examples will be helpful)
  • be forward-thinking
  • examine or comment on the possible implications for New Zealand-Asia relations

The five categories and deadlines are:

New Zealand, Asia and:

  • regional environmental issues/climate change (due 31 July)
  • trade and economic policy (due 30 August)
  • international relations and foreign policy (due 30 September)
  • humanities/social issues/media (due 28 Oct)
  • science, Technology and Innovation (due 1 Dec).

Authors may be invited to present their papers at Foundation events (e.g. Asia After Five, Young Voices Lecture Series etc).

*Subject to 20% withholding tax

Selection process

The Foundation will shortlist applications for an external peer-review as part of the selection process. The Foundation reserves the right to not select papers if the requisite standard for publishing has not been met.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in our online application form.

Before you start filling in the form, go through it to make sure you have all the required information and documents.

Once you have filled in the form and pushed submit, please do not leave the page until you see 'Thanks we've received you submission'.

When you submit your application, a confirmation email will be sent to you including a copy of your completed form and submitted documents. If you do not receive this, please contact [email protected].

Note: You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to apply for a Best Paper Prize.



For more information, please contact:

Dr James To, senior adviser (Research and Engagement), Asia New Zealand Foundation
[email protected]
Asia New Zealand Foundation
PO Box 10 144, Wellington 6143