The SEAA Student Award Program is designed to promote and reward quality research by beginning and junior scholars in the field of East Asian archaeology. Awards will be made to two undergraduate and two graduate students in conjunction with SEAA’s biannual worldwide conferences. Applicants are expected to submit papers which contribute to the discipline through the reporting of original field research, novel interpretations of published archaeological data, or thought-provoking theoretical and methodological perspectives on the practice of archaeology in East Asia. As a condition of the award, students are expected to present their papers at the SEAA conference which follows the announcement of awards.

  • Each award consists of a $1000 cash prize, free registration for the conference which follows the announcement of awards, and a complimentary 4-year SEAA membership.
  • Papers should be in English, submitted as a Word document, and should not exceed 4000 words (including bibliography). Illustrations are permitted.
  • Members of the SEAA Executive will not participate in the evaluation of the submitted papers. The papers (minus all identifying information) will be passed along to the award committee, which will consist of archaeologists of East Asia who do not currently have students applying for the award.
  • The SEAA Vice-president, in conjunction with the Conference host, will determine how best to allocate time at the conference for the awardees to present their papers. The awardees will also be formally recognized at the SEAA General Meeting during the conference.


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Welcome to the website of SEAA, the Society for East Asian Archaeology. Established in 1996 and now counting some 500 international members, SEAA is the preeminent organization devoted to the promotion of the field of East Asian archaeology and the facilitation of scholarly exchange among archaeologists of the region.