What is the Dan David Prize?
The Dan David Prize awards $3 million each year to early and midcareer scholars and practitioners who study the human past. Up to nine annual prizes of $300,000 each are given to people who have produced, and will continue to produce, outstanding work in this field. In addition, the Prize funds a postdoctoral fellows program at Tel Aviv University.
Who awards the Dan David Prize?
The Prize is awarded by the Dan David Foundation.
Is the Prize intended to fund a specific project or research goal?
No, the Dan David Prize does not fund projects, but rather supports individual scholars and practitioners with the goal of encouraging and enabling future work.
Is the Prize given for a specific achievement or accomplishment?
While we expect winners to have completed at least one major project, the prize is not given for that project, but rather in recognition of the winner’s overall achievements as well as their potential for future excellence.
Who will select the winners?
Winners are recommended by a Selection Committee composed of eminent scholars and practitioners in history and related fields. The identities of the Selection Committee members are made public each year after the winners are announced. The final decision is made by the Prize’s Board.
When will winners of the 2024 Dan David Prize be announced?
Winners will be announced in March, 2024.
Who is eligible to be nominated for the Dan David Prize?
Nominees must meet the criteria outlined in the nomination guidelines.
Is there an age limit to the Prize?
No. The Prize is not limited by age.
The Prize is limited by career stage (early/midcareer). Please review the question on career stages for more information.
Is the prize limited to people from a specific location?
No. The Dan David Prize welcomes nominations from anywhere in the world.
Can I nominate someone who has been nominated before?
Yes, people who were nominees in previous years can be nominated again.
What does “study of the human past” mean?
The prize is awarded for work in the field of history, broadly defined as the study of the past in relation to humankind. Relevant disciplines include (but are not limited to): history, archaeology, art history, paleontology and science-based approaches to the study of the human past. The Prize is not given for work on the past of the earth or the universe (e.g. geology or astronomy).
Is the prize awarded exclusively to academics?
No. All those whose work explores and interprets the past can be considered for the Dan David Prize. This includes scholars within academia, but also independent scholars, public historians, museum curators and documentary filmmakers, among others.
What is "early or mid" career stage?
These are the minimum and maximum requirements to be considered “early or midcareer” for the purposes of the Prize:
For academic nominees
Minimum: holding a PhD in hand, as well as having published one book, or a collection of articles related to a major project.
Maximum: Nominees should be no more than 15 years post-PhD, although due allowance will be made for career breaks (e.g. parental and care leave or duties, health-related leave and career changes).
For non-academic nominees:
No higher academic degree is required.
Minimum: having completed at least one major project, such as a book, exhibition, documentary film or public humanities initiative.
Maximum: Nominees should be no more than 15 years after the release of their first significant project (such as a book, major exhibition, film etc.), although due allowance will be made for career breaks (e.g. parental and care leave or duties, health-related leave and career changes).
Who can submit a nomination to the Dan David Prize?
Anyone can submit a nomination for the Prize, however self-nominations will not be considered.
When is the deadline to submit a nomination?
Nominations for the 2024 Prize closed on October 11, 2023. Nominations for the 2025 Prize will open in the summer of 2024.
Can I nominate more than one candidate?
Yes, you may nominate as many candidates as you like.
Can I nominate groups of practitioners or an institution?
No. The Prize is an individual award, and your nominee must be one specific person rather than a pair, a group or an institution.
A winner who works as part of a team may choose to use their Prize to fund the work of that team.
How do I nominate?
The nomination form has room for "up to three additional documents". What should I include in these documents?
You are not required to submit any additional documents with your nomination. This field exists to allow you to add any documentation you think may be helpful. Some nominators use it to include a writing sample, while others use it to include information on non-academic projects such as brochures to public history exhibits, links to video files etc. Some nominators have used this field to add a letter of reference, but we neither require nor expect additional letters of reference beyond the information in the nomination form.
Will it be possible to get feedback on unsuccessful nominations?
No, we regret that we cannot offer individual feedback on nominations.
Information for Winners
What is required of a Prize winner?
Prize winners will normally be required to participate in an award ceremony and related programming, which will take place in late May in Tel Aviv, where the Dan David Prize is headquartered. Winners will be offered support in finding platforms to disseminate their scholarship to a broad public or to audiences they would not normally reach.
In what form is the Prize given?
The Prize is transferred as a lump sum. It may be possible to transfer all or part of the award through the winner’s institution, provided the institution does not take any overhead and the winner retains control of the funds.
What can the Prize money be used for?
The Prize money is intended to support the winners’ future research work in a variety of possible ways. These can include (but are not limited to): funding for a specific project, research travel, buying time off teaching or other duties, funding for research assistants, funding of work-related equipment and income for living expenses which will allow winners to focus on their work.
Does the Prize have a residency requirement?
No. The Dan David Prize has no residency requirement.