AsPac – Esterline Prize

Esterline Biography |     Past Prize Winners |   Application Process

At the 1992 meeting of ASPAC at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the ASPAC Board voted to establish the John and Mae Esterline Prize to encourage student participation at ASPAC Meetings and to recognize the support given to students by our colleagues John and Mae Esterline. The scholarship program was begun with a donation by John and Mae.  The name of the award has since been changed to the ASPAC-Esterline Prize.

Through the ASPAC-Esterline Prize, ASPAC recognizes extraordinary graduate student scholarship. It is open to all students pursuing graduate studies in any discipline, at any American university and in any area of research pertaining to Asian Studies. Awards are given at the conference banquet.

Currently the total award available is $300.  $300 is awarded to the best paper, but if there are two papers of equal quality, the award may be split equally between the two authors.  You do not have to be attending a university in the ASPAC area to be eligible but you must attend the annual ASPAC conference and present your paper to receive the award. The winning papers must be acceptable for publication by E-ASPAC.

ALL graduate student proposals MUST include a cover letter from the supervising professor commending the paper to ASPAC. Graduate students wishing to apply for the ASPAC-Esterline Prize should additionally e-mail their complete paper to Dr. Eric Cunningham <>. Papers are only accepted as a Microsoft Word document and should be between 15-20 pages in regular academic format. Powerpoint, slide, and other formats are not accepted.

Application deadline: First deadline – April 7, 2013; *Final deadline – May 7, 2013

*Papers received by the First dealine will be given priority.