Prize criteria

  • The chosen topic must address any regional security issue or theme relating to Southeast Asia.
  • The winning essay will be assessed in terms of 1) depth of research; 2) high writing quality; and 3) innovative analytical approach to the chosen topic.
  • Submissions must be between 3000-5000 words (excluding bibliography).
  • Essays must follow ANU policies on student assessment and academic integrity.
  • Any academic referencing style is accepted but must be used consistently.


The winner will receive $500 and a certificate of recognition.

To apply

We welcome self-nominations and third-party nominations. Please email to and with the following information:

1. A soft copy of the essay

2. Contact details of the author(s).

3. A statement of nomination, with reference to the Prize Criteria above (max 300 words).


Closing date: 1 November 2023.

Announcement of results: 1 December 2023.

The prize winner will be decided by a selection committee chaired by Dr Maria Tanyag (IR Department, Coral Bell School).