The Dan David Prize is turning its focus towards history and the study of the past. The Prize awards up to nine prizes of $300,000 each year to outstanding early-and-mid-career scholars and practitioners in the historical disciplines. The Prize is given in recognition of the winner’s achievements as well as their potential for future excellence.

The Dan David Foundation holds an open nomination process, seeking outstanding researchers in disciplines such as history, archaeology, art history, digital humanities, and human paleontology. Nominees could come from within academia or outside it, and include independent scholars, public historians, museum curators, and documentary filmmakers.

Nominations for the 2022 Prize are now open and we will be accepting nominations until Nov. 1, 2021. Anyone can nominate. Self-nominations will not be considered.

Nominees for the Dan David Prize should:

  • Be engaged in outstanding and innovative work related to the study of the human past, employing any chronological, geographical and methodological focus.
  • Have earned a doctorate or have equivalent experience.
  • Have completed at least one major piece of work, such as a book, major publication(s), exhibition, documentary film or public humanities project.
  • Exhibit strong potential for future scholarly excellence, innovation and leadership that will help shape the study of the past for years to come.
  • Be in the early or mid-stage of their career.

Nominators will be asked to provide the nominee’s CV and list of relevant work or publications, and to answer three brief questions.

The Dan David Prize is awarded on the basis of merit, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexuality, race, ethnicity and nationality, religion, age, ability or political affiliation.

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