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SBL Awards
The current award opportunities offered by SBL are listed below.
 

Society for Biblical Literature – De Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History

Description
In partnership with the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), De Gruyter has established the “Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History” to support biblical scholars at the early stages of their careers. De Gruyter will support this award with an annual cash prize of $1,500 for the best recent (last two calendar years) unpublished dissertation or first monograph in biblical studies, with special attention to submissions in the field of reception history, starting in 2014. Winning manuscripts will be published in appropriate De Gruyter book series or, if no appropriate series exists, as stand-alone titles.

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Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship

Description
The primary goal of the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship is to stimulate the finest and most penetrating work in New Testament studies. In order to compete for the award a paper of publishable quality must be submitted. It must not have been previously published or accepted for publication; however, a paper may be submitted that is under review by a journal or other academic press if a decision to publish has not been reached at the time of submission. If the paper was delivered at an annual or international SBL meeting, it must exhibit significant revision, as demonstrated by submission of both the original draft and the revision. There is a $1,000 monetary award.

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David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship

Description
The primary goal of the David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship is to encourage the finest scholarship in biblical studies. In order to compete for the award a paper of publishable quality must be submitted. It must not have been previously published or accepted for publication; however, a paper may be submitted that is under review by a journal or other academic press if a decision to publish has not been reached at the time of submission. If the paper was delivered at an annual or international SBL meeting, it must exhibit significant revision, as demonstrated by submission of both the original draft and the revision. There is a $1,000 monetary award.

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A. R. Pete Diamond Award for Integrative Scholarship

Description
The A. R. Pete Diamond Award for Integrative Scholarship supports junior scholars demonstrating innovative approaches in biblical studies that advance methodological work at the intersection of historical criticism, critical theory, and cultural studies. In order to compete for the award a paper of publishable quality must be submitted. It must not have been previously published or accepted for publication; however, a paper may be submitted that is under review by a journal or other academic press if a decision to publish has not been reached at the time of submission. If the paper was delivered at an annual or international SBL meeting, it must exhibit significant revision, as demonstrated by submission of both the original draft and the revision. There is a $1,000 monetary award.

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Regional Scholars Awards

Description
The Regional Scholars' Program has been developed by the Society of Biblical Literature's Council of Regional Coordinators to recognize promising younger scholars in the field of biblical studies. Its objective is to encourage their intellectual development through a mentoring program and to provide practical assistance in securing a place to present their work at the Society's Annual Meeting.

To qualify for the SBL Regional Scholars Program scholars should be at least ABD and no more than four years past the receipt of their Ph.D. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

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SBL International Travel Awards

Description
The SBL International Travel Awards offer opportunities to current SBL members outside North America to attend the Annual or International Meeting, to participate in the program, to enhance their professional development, and to build their network with fellow scholars. These grants help facilitate the work of Program Units and the International Cooperation Initiative (“ICI”). These grants are intended to support underrepresented and underresourced scholars. As such, preference will be given to women, people of historically underrepresented ethnicities, and members from ICI-qualifying countries. A key criterion is an applicant’s demonstrable financial need.

Four International Travel Award Panels (ITAP) will administer the awards each year, serving four geographic regions:

  • Africa and Middle East
  • Asia and Pacific
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin America and Caribbean

For awards offered in 2019, each ITAP will administer $3,000 in awards in each region. The panels may determine the best distribution of funds (e.g., as one $1000 and one $2000 award, or as three awards of $1000 each)

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Status of Women in the Profession Committee Mentor Award

Description
Each year at the SBL Annual Meeting, CSWP honors women who have been excellent mentors to women in the field. These mentors have provided invaluable guidance, advice, and encouragement. They serve as role models and assist other women in navigating career choices, building professional networks, and developing strategies for work-life balance. CSWP honors mentors in order to recognize their contributions and to encourage mentoring relationships. If you would like to nominate a mentor, please send your nomination with a descriptive letter of endorsement to April DeConick. Nominations must be received by June 1st. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the following year. 
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These awards are made possible due to generous contributions given to SBL. If you would like to securely make a contribution on-line to support these awards, click on the Donate button.Your gifts encourage excellence in biblical scholarship. Thank you for your generosity.

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