Grants & Prizes

NAPS offers to members of the Society the opportunity to apply for grants or awards in the following categories:

(1) Best First Article Prize – This prize is awarded in even-numbered years to a member of the Society who has, in the most recent two-year period, published their first article, and whose article has been deemed by the prize committee to be the best among those submitted for consideration. The amount of the prize is $250. The prize committee is the editorial board for the Journal of Early Christian Studies. The deadline for submitting articles for consideration is January 31 of each even-numbered year. To submit your article for consideration, or to nominate someone for this prize, please contact the JECS editor, Stephen Shoemaker (email: jecs.editor@gmail.com).

(2) Best First Book Prize – This prize is awarded in even-numbered years to a member of the Society who has, in the most recent, two-year, calendar period, published their first monograph, and whose monograph has been deemed by the prize committee to be the best among those submitted for consideration. The amount of the prize is $500. For the 2016 award, the book must have been published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015. The prize committee is the editorial board for the society’s monograph series, Christianity in Late Antiquity (formerly, Patristic Monograph Series). To submit your book for consideration, or to nominate someone for this prize, please contact the CLA editor, Christopher Beeley (email: christopher.beeley@yale.edu). Nominations must be received by January 31, 2016.

(3) Graduate Student Paper Prize – This prize is awarded every year in which NAPS holds its May meeting. Up to five prizes will be awarded in any one year. The amount of the prize is $250. The prize is for graduate students scheduled to present a paper at the annual meeting. Students submit a complete text of their conference paper (no more than 2,500 words, not including footnotes/endnotes) to the prize committee by March 1. The prize committee is the members of the NAPS Board’s “Awards and Prizes Committee.” Further details about this prize may be found on the Call for Papers page of this website.

(4) Dissertation Progress Grants –

a. Dissertation Research Grant: The grant will be $5,000. This is for a graduate student in the research phase of the dissertation. The grant committee consists of one Member-at-Large currently serving their second year on the Board and two NAPS members appointed by the President. Up to two grants may be given in any one year. More information about this grant, including details about how to apply may be found by clicking here. Unless otherwise noted in any announcement on the NAPS news page, the deadline for this award is January 31 of each year.

b. Dissertation Completion (i.e., Final Year) Grant: The grant will be $8,000. This is for a graduate student in the final year of the dissertation work. The grant committee consists of one Member-at-Large currently serving their second year on the Board and two NAPS members appointed by the President. One grant may be given in any one year. At the discretion of the Board and if funds are available, a second-place candidate for this grant may also be awarded some funds. More information about this grant, including details about how to apply may be found by clicking here. Unless otherwise noted in any announcement on the NAPS news page, the deadline for this award is January 31 of each year.

(5) Small Research Grant (for Early Career Scholars) – Multiple awards may be made in this category every year. This is for scholars who have completed their Ph.D. within the previous five years of the application date. Applicants need not be affiliated with an academic institution; independent scholars are welcome to apply. Applicants may request up to $1,500. Up to five of these awards may be given in any one year. The number of actual awards given in any one year will be determined on the basis of the health of the Society’s investment funds. More information about this grant, including details about how to apply may be found by clicking here. Unless otherwise noted in any announcement on the NAPS news page, the deadline for this award is January 31 of each year.