Shilin Young Scholar Award

The Shilin Young Scholar Award recognises outstanding work by BA and MA students. The prize aims to also encourage a high level of scholarship, research, and writing among students. Nominations are determined by a jury consisting of a department member of Chinese Studies at Leiden University, a board member of the Rombouts-Shilin Conference and a board member of Shilin. The thesis prize winner receives a monetary award (BA: €125 and MA: €150 in gift vouchers) and a publication in the next edition of Shilin. All nominees will also be featured in future editions of our journal. The award ceremony takes place on the 5th (BA) and 6th (MA) of October at Leiden University, which authors of selected theses will have to attend.

The Young Scholar Award has been made possible with support of Leiden University’s Chinese Studies department.

How to apply:
Both students and lecturers may put forward BA- and MA-theses by sending an e-mail to The thesis must be graded with an 8.0 (out of 10) or higher. The application deadline is 15 September 2019.

Previous Winners:
 2015: Hugo Kolstee – Thesis: ‘Inherently Recognizable – A Jungian View on Chinese Film’.

Previous Nominees: