SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award 2014


The SEAMEO Secretariat wishes to inform all that the Selection Committee for the 2014 SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award decided not to select a winning research entry for this year. Several factors contribute to this decision, one of which is non-responsiveness of submitted research entries to this year’s theme “Accelerating Regional Mobility through Education, Science and Culture”. Given the dearth of research studies along this theme, SEAMEO intends to enhance its efforts in developing and promoting activities geared towards increasing intra and inter-regional mobility in Southeast Asia.

High appreciation is extended to all researchers who participated in the 2014 SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award. Appreciation is also extended to the Ministries of Education of Southeast Asia countries, SEAMEO Regional Centres and SEAMEO partners for their assistance in the promotion of the Award.

SEAMEO extends gratitude to the cooperation and support of the Government of Canada to the SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award.

The next cycle of SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award starts in May to September 2015. The theme for 2015 SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award will be announced in May 2015.
I. Background

The SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award was established in 1990 with the support of the Government of Canada as a way of recognizing exemplary research conducted by Southeast Asian nationals in the region. The yearly award aims to encourage young scholars to conduct researches on a relevant theme on social development in Southeast Asia and to facilitate continued interaction and knowledge-sharing among Southeast Asian and Canadian researchers.

II. The Theme for 2014 SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award

The theme for 2014 SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award is Accelerating Southeast Asian Regional Mobility through Education, Science and Culture.

The Southeast Asia aims to integrate the whole region by 2015 into the ‘ASEAN Community’, with easier and free movement of goods, services, investment, labor, and capitals. Regional mobility and employment are, at present, high priorities of Southeast Asian countries. The region’s goal of regional integration drives the Southeast Asian countries to introduce education reforms, launch scientific innovations and promote cultural development.

Crossing geographic, cultural, digital, and educational and occupational borders in the pursuit of an international education and employment is a current trend globally and regionally. In Southeast Asia, regional mobility is seen as a vehicle that would carry forward and importantly, sustain continued regional integration way beyond 2015.

The 2014 SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award theme aims to draw attention to the role of education, science and culture in accelerating the goals of regional mobility through facilitating knowledge flows, education and labor mobility and cultural exchanges in the region.

This year’s SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award recognizes research studies that investigate how education, science and culture interplay closely with regional mobility. The Award distinguishes studies that explore concepts, traditional or innovative models and best practices on academic and research links between universities, student and professional mobility and cultural exchanges in Southeast Asia. Likewise, research studies may include investigations or documented cases on government and university policies and practical strategies on mobility of cultural professionals and scientific talents.

III. Thematic Strands:

Research studies may cover one or more of the following thematic strands:

Regional and International Student Mobility and Internationalization of Education
This thematic strand focuses on studies on trends in regional and international student mobility and factors affecting inbound or outbound student flows in Asia. This strand includes explorations on the implications of student mobility and the interplay between national government policies, university policies and students’ individual preferences and motivations on studying abroad.

The strand likewise distinguishes research studies on how universities and education institutions are transforming in response to increasing global interconnectedness and higher demand to develop global graduates. Studies on the many forms of internationalization of education such as co-taught courses, international partnerships, online open courses, collaborative research projects and others are included in this sub-topic or topic.

Professional Mobility and Migration of Scientific Talents
This thematic strand pertains to research studies that investigate the reasons and motivations behind professional mobility and migratory moves of talented and highly-specialized professionals from one country to another. This strand underscores explorations on the effects of professional mobility to both the country of origin and the host country; and how such mobility implies to the concept of one’s citizenship and nationalism.

Cultural Exchanges and Mobility of Cultural Professionals
This thematic strand focuses on investigations on models of cultural exchanges and trends on mobility of artistic and creative talents and cultural professionals beyond national and regional borders. This strand includes studies on how cultural mobility promotes cultural and linguistic diversity, fosters intercultural dialogue and facilitates movement of cultural goods and services. Researches on government or university policies, support programmes and schemes for cultural mobility also fall under this strand.

IV. Eligible Applicants


  1. A national of a SEAMEO Member Country*;
  2. Holder of a master’s or doctorate degree;
  3. Not more than 55 years of age at the time of application;
  4. Not currently associated with or employed by any of the SEAMEO Centres/Network or SEAMEO Secretariat;
  5. For studies/projects conducted by a team of researchers, only one author will be eligible for nomination. The submission should include a written note from the co-author(s) waiving any claim to the award, in case the research is selected; and a statement indicating the nominee’s level of responsibility (in percentage) for the research work and;
  6. Physically fit to travel; certification by a competent physician may be requested before travelling.

* SEAMEO Member Countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

V. Eligible Research Entries


  1. The research must be a completed research study/project conducted in Southeast Asia (covering one country or more in the Southeast Asian region) relating to the identified theme for the year;
  2. The research must have been completed within the past three years;
  3. All submissions, including photo captions and other materials, must be in English;
  4. All research entries conducted for graduate/post-graduate theses or doctoral dissertations will not be accepted;
  5. Research entries from previous winners of SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award will not be accepted;
  6. A research entry should comprise:
    (i) 20-page summary of the research paper;
    (ii) one-page abstract of the research paper;
    (iiii) Complete research paper
  7. Research entry should have the following essential sections:
    I. Introduction (including rationale, statement of problem, research objectives);
    II. Methodology;
    III. Results and Discussions
    IV. Conclusions and Recommendations;
    V. References
    VI. Appendices
  8. Non-winning research entries may be selected to be featured in SEAMEO’s Southeast Asian Journal of Education, subject to permission/approval from the author.

VI. Award Selection Process

A Selection Committee composed of representatives from relevant international organizations, experts in the field covered by the theme and officials of SEAMEO will be convened to review the submitted entries.

Selection will be based on the quality of the research, its relevance to the theme, to improving education in Southeast Asia and its potentials for promoting better understanding between Canada and Southeast Asia.

VII. Benefits to SEAMEO-Jasper Research Awardee


  1. The winner of the SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award will be awarded a Plaque of Recognition at the 37th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2014.

  2. The SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award winner will receive a travel fellowship to Canada or to any two (2) of the SEAMEO Member Countries to disseminate the results of winning research to relevant education/research institutions.

    The fellowship includes 8-day all expense paid travel to Canada/Southeast Asian countries (inclusive of travel time). The fellowship will include assistance by the SEAMEO Secretariat in travel and meeting arrangements. The fellowship visit shall be done within twelve months from the date of the awarding.
VII. Submission of Research Entries

Candidates are expected to submit one set of hard copy and one set of electronic file of the following:

  1. Completed application form (Download the form here)
  2. A 20-page summary of the research paper (including rationale statement of the problem, objectives, methodology, results and discussions, conclusions and recommendations; and references/appendices);
  3. A one-page abstract of the research paper;
  4. Complete research paper.

Hard copy and electronic submissions must reach the SEAMEO Secretariat on or before 30 September 2014.

The submissions should be clearly marked and addressed to:

2014 SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award
SEAMEO Secretariat
Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building
920 Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2391-0144
Fax: +66 (0) 2381-2587