Dor Bahadur Bista Prize: The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies

Open From: September 10, 2021
Until: November 15, 2021
Dor Bahadur Bista Prize: The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies

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.  

Requirements for Submission

To enter the competition, each student author must submit the following ELECTRONICALLY: 

  1. A one-paragraph (200-300 word) abstract of the paper
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. The complete paper, not to exceed 8,000 words, sent in .doc or .docx format, with the word count clearly labeled
  4. 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.

Key Information

  • Deadline for Submission: November 15, 2021
  • Submit application package to: [email protected] 
  • Selection of Award: All submissions will be reviewed and selected by an ANHS subcommittee.
  • Expected date of Award: December 31, 2021


DOr Bahadur Bista Prize Application Call.pdf

About the Organization 

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

About Dor Bahadur Bista

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.