Call for Submissions | OTSA Awards and Prizes


Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association
Call for Submissions
2019 Awards and Prizes

The Ottoman and Turkish Studies (OTSA) is pleased to announce its annual award and prize competitions for 2019. Six award competitions are listed in this announcement. Please read the instructions for each carefully, noting the final date and details for submission of materials.
OTSA encourages scholars and students to apply for awards, and invites teachers to encourage their students to apply as well!

(1)  M. FUAT KÖPRÜLÜ BOOK PRIZE ($1000)
An annual prize awarded to the most outstanding book in the field of Ottoman and Turkish studies published in the previous year (copyright date of 2018), sponsored by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association with the generous support of the M. Münir Ertegün Foundation.
Nominations may be made by the author, colleagues, publisher, or friends. Translated books, edited volumes, fiction, and textbooks are not eligible.  English and Turkish are the preferred languages of submission.

·        Three copies of the nominated book should be provided—1 copy to each one of the reviewers listed below, along with:
o   The address, phone number, and e-mail of the author
o   An addressed postcard for acknowledgment of receipt.
·        No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.
·        Postmark deadline:  no later than April 30, 2019

Copies of the books and nominations should be sent to the following addresses:

Dr. Benjamin Fortna
Köprülü Prize Committee Chair
School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies
Marshall Bldg. 440
845 N. Park Ave.
PO Box 210158B
Tucson, AZ 85721-0158

Dr. Onur Bakıner
Köprülü Prize Committee
901 12th Ave
Seattle University
Political Science Department, Casey 410-14
Seattle, WA 98122

Dr. Alan Mikhail
Köprülü Prize Committee
200 E. 16th St.
Apt. 10F
New York, NY 10003


(2)  THE ÖMER LÜTFİ BARKAN ARTICLE PRIZE ($300)
A biennial prize awarded in odd-numbered years for the best article in Turkish and Ottoman studies published in the previous two-year period (2017 & 2018), sponsored by the Turkish Studies Association with the generous support of the M. Münir Ertegün Foundation.
Nominations may be made by the author, colleagues, publisher, or friends. Applicants must submit the following in an email:
  • The recommender’s name, address and e-mail
  • The address, phone number, and e-mail of the author
  • An electronic copy (as a pdf) of the article should be attached
  • No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.
·        Materials should be emailed to Dr. Gamze Çavdar at the following address:  Gamze.Cavdar@colostate.edu
  • Deadline for receipt of materials: no later than April 30, 2019.


(3)  HALİDE EDİP ADIVAR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION ($1500)
The annual scholarship from the OTSA Halide Edip Adıvar fund provides an introduction to Turkey for qualified undergraduate students who have not had extensive prior experience in Turkey or in Turkish studies. The award is to be used for travel to Turkey, while there, to supplement participation in a program in Turkish language, a study-abroad program, or a work internship; or for study or research in any aspect of Turkey’s history, culture or society.

·        Applications should be submitted to Dr. Emine Evered at evered@msu.edu.
·        Applicants must currently be enrolled in a degree program at an institution of higher education, but may be a graduating senior.
·        Applicants must also be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.
·        Deadline for receipt of materials: Nominations must be sent by April 30, 2019.
·        The award will be announced by the end of May, 2019.

The winner must make use of the award within a twelve-month period, beginning the summer after the award is granted. Thus, a scholarship awarded in May 2019 is to be used in the summer of 2019 or the 2019-2020 academic year.

·        Application Requirements
1.      Statement of Purpose:  should include:
a.      how the proposed time in Turkey connects to the applicant’s experiences, interests and goals;
b.      the proposed dates of stay in Turkey and specifics of the program/internship/study, including the sponsoring institution/organization, contact name and numbers
2.      a current Curriculum Vitae
3.      the most recent Official Academic Transcript. It should be sent directly by the university to evered@msu.edu, no later than April 30, 2019.
4.      Two Letters of Recommendation:  Referees should address letters directly to the Adıvar Selection Committee and submit them to Dr. Emine Evered at evered@msu.edu, no later than April 30, 2019.
5.      No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.


(4)  THE SYDNEY N. FISHER GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER PRIZE ($200)
An annual prize for the best paper in Turkish or Ottoman studies written by a graduate student in Turkish or Ottoman studies during the preceding academic year (2018-19 for the award given in 2019). This award is sponsored by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association with the generous support of the M. Münir Ertegün Foundation. The winning paper will be considered for publication in the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies (JOTSA).
Applicants must submit the following as attachments to an email:
·        a PDF copy of the paper
·        the institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail of the author
·        the name and email address of the author's academic advisor
  • No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.
·        Deadline for receipt of materials:  June 30, 2019.
·        Materials should be emailed to Dr. Will Smiley at william.smiley@unh.edu.

(5)  VANGELIS KECHRIOTIS MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT ($500)
This grant will be awarded in memory of Professor Vangelis Kechriotis (1969-2015) to a doctoral candidate undertaking a research trip for his/her dissertation.

The grant recipient will be selected by a panel of scholars based on the relevance and potential contribution of the proposed work to the fields and concerns important to Professor Kechriotis, such as the history of Ottoman non-Muslims, Greek-Ottoman and Greek-Turkish relations, or Ottoman Balkan Studies.

The selected applicant will be expected to acknowledge the Vangelis Kechriotis Memorial Travel Grant in his/her dissertation and in any subsequent publications that result from the research supported by this grant.

Applicants for the grant are asked to submit the following:
·        a current CV
·        a copy of the applicant’s dissertation proposal
·        a description of the specific research trip to be undertaken
·        a working budget, including what other funds have already been secured
·        a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation advisor, addressing the applicant’s qualifications and the significance of the research she/he will be undertaking. (Letters should be printed on official stationary and scanned before sending by email.)
  • No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.
·        Materials should be emailed to Dr. Maureen Jackson at maureenj@uw.edu, with “KECHRIOTIS TRAVEL GRANT” in the subject line of the email message.
Deadline for submission of materials: June 30, 2019


(6)  THE JAMES W. REDHOUSE STUDENT PRIZE COMPETITION FOR BEST PROGRESS IN THE TURKISH LANGUAGE ($100)

The Redhouse Prize for Best Progress in Turkish was established by the Turkish Studies Association in 1991, and four such prizes continue to be available annually, two for each of two regions in North America, designated as East and West.  Although the monetary value is not large, outstanding students deserve the public recognition that being a winner brings.
The procedures are as follows:

Administration:   A two-person Language Awards Committee (one a member of the current AATT Board) oversees the annual awards in consultation with the two Area Coordinators.
Student Eligibility:   Any student (graduate or undergraduate) who, in the designated academic year, completes a full-year course at any level in Modern Turkish at a university offering such courses in its regular program is eligible for nomination.  However, student eligibility is limited to a “once-in-a-lifetime” award.
Eligible Institutions:  Any institution that offers regularly scheduled Turkish language instruction in the US or Canada.

Nomination Procedure:   Each institution may select ONE nominee annually, judged at faculty discretion to be the student who made the most progress in Modern Turkish in the designated academic year.  The nominee’s name must be submitted, with supporting material no later than June 30 to the appropriate Area Coordinator who—with whatever consultation is necessary—will make the final choice for the area. 

The following AATT members serve as Area Coordinators to whom the initial applications should be sent. Send your nomination package via email or regular mail to:

Institution in the East:
Saadet Ebru Ergul, sergul@stanford.edu
Language Center, African and Middle Eastern Languages Program
450 Serra Mall, Building 240, Rm 206
Stanford, CA 94305

Institution in the West:              
Nilay Sevinç, nsevinc@umich.edu
NES, University of Michigan
4111 Thayer Academic Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Nomination Package:  Although no official nomination form has been devised, the faculty nomination package must include the following:          
·        A brief letter explaining why you nominated this student
·        A cover sheet with the student’s name, institutional affiliation and area of study, name of course instructor[s] and department chair, and student's academic dean
·        writing samples and oral samples – video clips/interviews etc. where the student is demonstrating his/her Turkish language skill.

Deadline for submission of materials:  June 30, 2019

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Hale Yılmaz, Secretary
Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association

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