International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Student Paper Prize

Submission Criteria and Guidelines

The ICTM Student Paper Prize is awarded for an exceptional paper presented at an ICTM World Conference. The paper should represent outstanding scholarship and make a significant contribution to the ICTM’s mission: “To promote research, documentation, safeguarding, and sustainability of music, dance, and related performing arts, taking into account the diversity of cultural practices, past and present, and scholarly traditions worldwide.”

Criteria: Papers must be presented in English during an ICTM World Conference in the same year as the prize. Student presenters (single authored or co-authored) must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme. Presenters must be current ICTM members. Only one submission by the same presenter (or co-presenter) will be considered for a given prize, and no paper will be considered more than once. Any student members of the Prize Committee or Subcommittee may not submit papers for which they are the presenter or a co-presenter. 

Submission Process: Submissions will be received by an advertised set date and announced in the Bulletin of the ICTM. Student papers must be submitted as presented at the ICTM World Conference (without changes and including any audio and visual elements) and accompanied by the submitted abstract for the conference. The paper, abstract, and related materials will be submitted to

Administration: The Prize Committee, in consultation with the Executive Board, will appoint a Subcommittee to evaluate the submissions.

Award: The winner will receive a certificate and a two-year ICTM membership or an equivalent travel subsidy to attend an ICTM event. Prize winners will be announced in the October Bulletin of the ICTM.