NATSA Undergraduate Paper Competition (2022)

The North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) invites submission for its 2022 Undergraduate Research Paper competition. The winner will receive a $250 cash award and be invited to present at NATSA’s 27th annual conference in July 2022 in Washington D.C. 

The competition is open to students in both humanities and social sciences. The paper should be based upon substantial and original research about Taiwan. We welcome submissions that situate Taiwan in the global contexts, in comparative perspectives, and in cross-disciplinary frameworks. Review criteria will include the paper’s originality, the clarity of writing, and its contributions to our understanding of Taiwan.  


The manuscript should be sent to with the email title “NATSA Undergraduate Paper Competition” by April 10th, 2022.  Please contact the same email address if you have any question.

General eligibility criteria: 

  • Students must be in an undergraduate degree-granting program in North America at the time of their submission. The student must be the sole author of the paper. 

Manuscript format criteria:

  • Submit the manuscript in an MS Word file. The length should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words, including all notes and references. Please include a title and abstract of 250 words and follow standard Chicago, MLA, or APA formats for citations. 

  • Also submit an MS Word cover sheet with your name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, university affiliation, and academic status. Make sure your name is included only on the cover sheet, so that we can ensure there is a blind review.

Previous winners:

2020-- Kexin (Kathy) Huang (Wesleyan University), “Civilizing” the “Savages”: A Comparison of Dutch, Qing, and Japan’s Colonial Policies on Aboriginal People of Taiwan

2019-- Aaron Throness (University of British Columbia), Searching for Taiwan in the Ming Dynasty: A Study of Luo Hongxian's Atlas- The Guangyu Tu