Prizes & Competitions

Charles Leslie Prize 2020 Deadline postponed to Nov. 30, 2020

The Charles Leslie prize seeks to honour the work of Charles Leslie and his dedication to IASTAM, and aims to encourage young scholars in the field that he helped to establish. This prize is awarded to the best original, unpublished scholarly essay on Asian medicine submitted to the competition and judged by the IASTAM Council.The nominee for the award must be a member in good standing of IASTAM, and must fall into any of the following categories:

  • a practitioner of an Asian medical tradition (with fewer than three publications), or
  • a graduate student, or
  • a recent PhD who received his/her doctoral degree fewer than five years prior to the deadline for nomination, or
  • a scholar who is in a contingent faculty position without tenure or long-term contract (e.g., adjunct, one-year visiting scholar, etc.)

There are no age restrictions on entering for this prize. The paper should apply methods from anthropology, history, or any other academic discipline to the critical study of Asian medical systems in context, and from any period up to the present. Manuscripts must be in English. The winning essay will be announced in IASTAM publications and the society website and will be given preferential consideration for publication in the orgnanisation’s journal, Asian Medicine (subject to editorial decision). Please follow the journal style guidelines for the submission. 

Deadline: Due to the current global situation we have decided to postpone the deadline. Entries must be received no later than Nov. 30, 2020, by the president of IASTAM. Please email submissions to

The winner will be announced by Dec 31, 2020.

Best wishes,

Angelika Messner and the IASTAM Council