These prizes recognize and reward the authors and publishers of exceptional, innovative, and open humanities scholarship. In the initial competition, two open access monographs will receive dual awards. Authors will receive the $20,000 ACLS Open Access Book Prize. Publishers of the winning titles will receive the Arcadia Open Access Publishing Award in the amount of $30,000 to support forthcoming books that would not otherwise be published open access.
The ALA's Black Caucus award recognizes excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.
Since 1961, Scribes has presented an annual award for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year. The Scribes Book-Award Committee generally receives between 40 and 50 nominees each year, and nominations are due by February 15. The Scribes Book Award is presented at Scribes' annual meeting.
The American Society of International Law recognizes excellence in the field of international law and human rights with three annual honors.
In addition, the Society bestows three book awards, known as ASIL Certificates of Merit, for (1) "preeminent contribution to creative scholarship;" (2) "a specialized area of international law;" and (3) "high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars."
A fourth annual book award, known as the Robert E. Dalton Book Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Foreign Relations Law, named in memory of a distinguished State Department lawyer and longtime member of the Society was established in 2020.
These honors and awards are presented each year at the Society's Annual Meeting.
The John Phillip Reid Book Award is awarded annually for the best monograph by a mid-career or senior scholar, published in English in any of the fields defined broadly as Anglo-American legal history.
The Peter Gonville Stein Book Award is awarded annually for the best book in non-US legal history written in English. This award is designed to recognize and encourage the further growth of fine work in legal history that focuses on all regions outside the United States, as well as global and international history.
The Bancroft Prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University in the City of New York. Under the terms of the will of the late Fredric Bancroft, provision is made for two annual prizes of equal rank to be awarded to the authors of distinguished works in either or both of the following categories: American History (including biography) and Diplomacy.
Established in 1999, the Burton Awards honor exemplary legal writing and excellence in the legal profession. The program honors partners in law firms, law school students, and academics with awards in writing. This award is presented for the book of the year which has a great impact on law and which writing is exemplary.
The European Society of International Law Collaborative Book Prize is awarded each year for an outstanding collaborative work published in the field of international law. The ESIL Collaborative Book Prize was created in 2022, as a counterpart to the ESIL Monograph Prize.
Here is a list of fellowships, grants, visiting scholars’ programs, and award opportunities for scholars working on South Asian studies, legal history, and socio-legal studies. Compiled by UW Law School Professor of Law, Mitra Sharafi.
The International Law Book Award recognizes a book that excels in originality, significance and rigor in the broadly defined field of international law. The ILAW Book Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of international law.
he Herbert Jacob Book Prize annual competition is open to books from all fields of, and approaches to, law and society scholarship published in the previous year (excluding works of legal history, which are considered for the Hurst Prize).
The American Psychology-Law Society Book Award is given to a scholarly book devoted to psychology and law issues. The Book Award is given separately for authored and edited books on an annual, rotating basis.
The Lillian Smith Book Awards are most interested in works that deal with race, social justice, civil and human rights, the education and socialization of young people, breaking silence among repressed groups and matters that are notably significant or of special interest affecting the changing South.
The Liberty Legacy Foundation Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginnings of the nation to the present.
The Order of the Coif recognizes outstanding scholarship by authors resident in the United States. They welcome nominations of lively and creative books, published in the prior year, that have advanced a field, illuminated new areas of thought and research, and/or explored the many hard questions that law raises.
Each year, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights presents an award to the book that, as Schlesinger said, "most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy’s purposes – his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity."
The David Yale Prize is awarded biennially. The prize is awarded for an outstanding contribution to the history of the law of England and Wales from scholars who have been engaged in research in the subject for not longer than about ten years. Since 2017, separate prizes have been given for the best book and the best article published in the preceding two years.
The Georgetown Center for the Constitution established the Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize, Symposium & Judicial Lecture to recognize exceptional books written that advance our understanding of, and commitment to, our written Constitution.
BCALA advocates for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources for Black communities; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of Black librarians. BCALA compiles an annual "Best of the Best" booklist for children and young adults that is organized by age group and features Black authors and artists.