The Dor Bahadur Bista Prize honors the life, career, and service of Dor Bahadur Bista, Nepal’s first anthropologist and former Honorary President of the ANHS predecessor organization, the Nepal Studies Association (NSA). The purpose of the prize is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students whose research focuses on the areas of High Asia (Hindu Kush – Karakoram – Himalaya – Tibetan Plateau) that comprise the principal interests of ANHS. Submissions from all academic disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and arts will be accepted.
Submissions from all academic disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and arts will be accepted. All submissions are expected to be ready for publication and must not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publishing at the time of submission. HIMALAYA, the journal of ANHS, reserves the right of first refusal for publishing any awarded papers. Like all papers submitted to HIMALAYA, papers will be peer reviewed and must conform to the journal’s submission guidelines (see details here). Multiple author papers are acceptable, provided that the graduate student applicant is the first author
Eligibility is restricted to graduate students in good standing who do not hold the degree of PhD as of the submission deadline. Undergraduates, even those who have written honors theses, are not eligible.
To enter the competition, each student author must submit the following ELECTRONICALLY:
A transcript from your graduate institution, indicating graduate status or a letter of support from your graduate advisor, indicating your standing as a graduate student
Award: The winner will receive a cash award of $150 and will be recognized at the annual South Asian Studies Conference in Madison, WI, along with an invitation to submit the paper to HIMALAYA. A list of past winners and their paper titles are listed on the ANHS website.
The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) is the oldest academic organization in the United States devoted to the study of Nepal and wider Himalayan regions. ANHS Members include faculty, scholars, students, universities, colleges, libraries, and development organizations that specialize in Nepal and the Himalaya. ANHS is a non-profit organization registered with the State of Oregon and governed by its ANHS Constitution
Dor Bahadur Bista is a Nepali anthropologist, social scientist and activist. Bista is considered the father of Nepalese anthropology, and has published such popular books as Fatalism and Development: Nepal's Struggle for Modernization and People of Nepal.