What is the Dan David Prize?
The Dan David Prize awards $3 million each year to early-and-mid-career scholars and practitioners who study the human past. Up to nine annual prizes of $300,000 each will be given to people who have produced, and will continue to produce, outstanding work in this field. In addition, the Prize will fund 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 will be recommended by a Selection Committee composed of eminent scholars and practitioners in history and related fields. The identities of the Selection Committee members will not be made public until after the winners are announced. The final decision will be made by the Prize’s Board.
When will winners of the 2022 Dan David Prize be announced?
Winners will be announced in March, 2022.
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. There the Prize is not limited by age or by the time since the granting of a PhD (for academic nominees).
The Prize is limited by career stage (early/mid career). 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?
Recognizing that careers in the humanities, both in and outside of academia, follow diverse paths, we do not have hard criteria defining “early and mid career.” Broadly speaking, we would expect the following to be true of our nominees:
- Holding a PhD or equivalent qualification.
- Having published at least one major work (typically a book, but this may be multiple articles related to the same project).
- An “early-career” scholar might be someone who has completed and published their first major project and is embarking on their second.
- A “mid-career” scholar might be someone who has completed two, or even three, major projects or who leads a small research team and is now embarking on a new and larger project.
- Having demonstrated continuous engagement with the study of the past over the course of their career thus far.
- Having produced at least one major work related to history (e.g. substantial documentary film, exhibition, work of digital history or public history).
- An “early career” practitioner might be someone who has played a central role in creating one major project (e.g. a film, exhibition, digital humanities project) and is currently working on future projects.
- A “mid-career” practitioner might be someone who has already played a central role in producing two, or even three major projects, or who leads a small group of practitioners.
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 2022 Prize will close on November 1, 2021.
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?
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 mid-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 can be transferred as a lump sum or in equal installments over three years.
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.