about THE PRIZE
We recognize the work of historians, art historians, archaeologists, digital humanists, curators, documentary filmmakers and all those who deepen our knowledge and understanding of the past.
THE EVOLUTION OF THE PRIZE
The Dan David Prize was founded in 2001 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan David with the goal of rewarding and encouraging innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. Each year three prizes of $1 million were awarded in rotating fields to those who made outstanding contributions to humanity.
In anticipation of the Prize’s 20th anniversary in 2021, we set out to adapt the Prize to the challenges of our times, while honoring the intellectual passions of our founder, Dan David, who was an ardent supporter of historical and archaeological research.
While global investment in the humanities is declining, particularly in history and related fields, the major social and political challenges of the present only emphasize the importance of studying the past for the preservation of a free and democratic discourse.
With this in mind, we decided to focus on supporting outstanding research in the historical disciplines. The reimagined Dan David Prize celebrates scholars and practitioners whose work illuminates the human past and can enrich public discourse with a deeper understanding of history.
THE PRIZE 2001-2021
In its previous iteration, the Dan David Prize awarded $3 million dollars each year to people who made major contributions to humanity in rotating fields under the rubric of the three time dimensions – past, present and future.
WINNER SELECTION TIMELINE
September 1, 2021 – Nominations open
November 1, 2021 – Nomination deadline
January 2022 – Selection Committee identifies finalists
February 2022 – Board ratifies winners
March 2022 – Prize winners announced
May 2022 – Award Ceremony held in Tel Aviv
The Dan David Prize is endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University.