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Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association’s Awards and Prizes
 

2017 OTSA Prizes and Scholarships

Halide Edip Adıvar Scholarship: Elizabeth Nelson, UT Austin. 

Redhouse Student Prize for Best Progress in the Turkish Language: Kevin Chau (Georgetown University) and Perry Keziah (University of Washington)

Vangelis Kechriotis Memorial Travel Grant: Sada Payır (Oxford University), Yeliz Teber (Oxford University)

Sydney N. Fisher Graduate Student Paper Prize:  Matthew Sharpe, PhD student, University of Pennsylvania.


Ömer Lütfi Barkan Article Prize: Faisal Husain (Georgetown University) for his article “Changes in the Euphrates River: Ecology and Politics in a Rural Ottoman Periphery, 1687-1702,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 47, no. 1 (Summer 2016) and Ebru Aykut (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University) (honorable mention), “Toxic Murder, Female Poisoners, and the Question of Agency at the Late Ottoman Law Courts, 1840-1908,” Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 28, no. 3 (Fall 2016).


Köprülü Book Prize: Stefan Winter for his book A History of the Alawis From Medieval Aleppo to the Turkish Republic (Princeton University Press, 2016)

 

Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association’s 2018 Awards and Prizes

The Ottoman and Turkish Studies (OTSA) is pleased to announce its annual award and prize
competitions for 2018. Please send your award materials as directed under each award/prize
category and contact committee chairs directly for more information. Please note that deadlines
vary by category!

M. FUAT KÖPRÜLÜ BOOK PRIZE (2018)

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 2017), 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. Three copies of the nominated book should be provided—1 copy to each one of the reviewers listed below, along with:

  • The address, phone number, and e-mail of the author
  • An addressed postcard for acknowledgment of receipt.

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

Dr. Senem Aslan
Chair, Köprülü Book Prize Committee
Department of Politics
Bates College
4 Andrews Rd. 172 Pettengill
Lewiston, ME 04240

Dr. Nükhet Varlık
Köprülü Book Prize Committee
Department of History
Rutgers University-Newark
175 University Avenue
Conklin Hall, Room 327
Newark, NJ 07102

Dr. Carole Woodall
Köprülü Book Prize Committee
Department of History
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Award: $1,000.

Postmark deadline for submissions is May 10, 2018.

THE SYDNEY N. FISHER GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER PRIZE

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 (i.e., 2017-18 for the award given
in 2018). 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:

  • Submit one electronic copy (as a PDF) of the paper
  • The address, phone number, and e-mail of the author
  • The name and address of the author's academic advisor


Postmark deadline: June 15, 2018.
Materials should be emailed to Dr. Nina Ergin at the following address:
nergin@ku.edu.tr
Award: $200

HALİDE EDİP ADIVAR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

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 $1000 award is to be used for travel to Turkey and/or, 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. Applicants
must currently be enrolled in a degree program at an institution of higher education, but may be a
graduating senior. Applicants also must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or
Canada.

Deadline: Receipt by mail or email by April 30, 2018
Award to be announced by May 21, 2018

Submission Address:

Dr. Emine Evered
evered@msu.edu

Mailing Address:

Dr. Emine Evered
Department of History
Old Horticulture, Room 256
506 E. Circle Drive
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824


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 2018 is to be used in the summer of 2018
or the 2018-2019 academic year.


Application Requirements
(1) Statement of Purpose: how the proposed time in Turkey links to the applicant’s experiences,
interests and goals; to include the proposed date of stay in Turkey and specifics of the study venue
(e.g. under whose auspices, contact numbers etc.)
(2) Curriculum Vitae

(3) Official Academic Transcript. To be sent directly by the university to Dr. Emine Evered
evered@msu.edu (postmarked by April 30, 2018)
(4) Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should address letters to the Adıvar Selection
Committee and email them directly to Dr. Emine Evered evered@msu.edu.


Deadline: April 30, 2018
Award: $1000

THE JAMES W. REDHOUSE STUDENT PRIZE COMPETITION FOR BEST PROGRESS IN
THE TURKISH LANGUAGE

Deadline: June 30 of each year

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
($100), 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 Area Coordinators will inform the Language Awards
Committee no later than September 15 of their choice, and the Committee will forward the
information to the President of OTSA.

  • AATT will arrange for the recipients to be informed of their selection and to receive their
    prizes by mail or (preferably) at the OTSA Annual Meeting.
  • The President of OTSA informs institutions of their students’ awards.


This year’s Language Awards Committee consists of:

  • Roberta Micallef (Boston University) micallef@bu.edu
  • Melike Yucel (University of Washington) yucelm@uw.edu


The following AATT members serve as Area Coordinators to whom the initial applications are sent:
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.

VANGELIS KECHRIOTIS MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT
A cash grant of $500 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 relations, or Ottoman Balkan Studies.

Applicants for the grant are asked to submit the following, by email, by August 1, 2018:

  • A 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.)


To submit an application by email, or for more information, please contact:
Dr. Amy Mills, amills@mailbox.sc.edu with “KECHRIOTIS TRAVEL GRANT” in the subject line of the
email message.

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
made possible by the grant.

Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association’s 2017 Awards and Prizes

The Ottoman and Turkish Studies (OTSA) is pleased to announce its annual award and prize competitions for 2017. Please send your award materials as directed under each award/prize category (note that deadlines vary by category) and contact committee chairs directly for more information.

THE ÖMER LÜTFİ BARKAN ARTICLE PRIZE

A biennial prize awarded in odd-numbered years for the best article in Turkish and Ottoman studies published in the previous two-year period (2015, 2016), 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
  • Deadline: Nominations must be sent by April 30, 2017.

Materials should be emailed to Dr. Heghnar Watenpaugh at the following address: hwatenpaugh@ucdavis.edu
Award: $300

M. FUAT KÖPRÜLÜ BOOK PRIZE

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 2016), 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.
*     Three copies of the nominated book should be provided—1 copy to each one of the reviewers listed below, along with:
*     The address, phone number, and e-mail of the author; and,
*     An addressed postcard for acknowledgment of receipt.
Copies of the books and nominations should be sent to the following addresses:

Dr. Gavin Brockett
Department of History
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Ave West
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3C5
Canada

Dr. Roger A. Deal
Department of History
University of South Carolina Aiken 
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801 

Dr. Madeline C. Zilfi
History Department
2101L Francis Scott Key Hall
4282 Chapel Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Postmark deadline: May 1, 2017
Award: $1000

THE SYDNEY N. FISHER GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER PRIZE

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 (i.e., 2016-17 for the award given in 2017). 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:
*     Submit one electronic copy (as a PDF) of the paper
*     The address, phone number, and e-mail of the author
*     The name and address of the author's academic advisor
Postmark deadline:  June 15, 2017.
Materials should be emailed to Dr. David Selim Sayers at the following address: david.s.sayers@turkologie.uni-giessen.de
Award: $200

HALİDE EDİP ADIVAR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

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 $1000 award is to be used for travel to Turkey and/or, 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. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a degree program at an institution of higher education, but may be a graduating senior. Applicants also must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.

Deadline: Receipt by mail or email by April 30, 2017
Award to be announced by May 20, 2017

Submission Address:
Dr. Ceren Belge
ceren.belge@concordia.ca

Mailing Address:
Dr. Ceren Belge
Department of Political Science
Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd Ouest, H1225
Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8
Canada

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 2017 is to be used in the summer of 2017 or the 2017-2018 academic year.

Application Requirements
(1) Statement of Purpose: how the proposed time in Turkey links to the applicant’s experiences, interests and goals; to include the proposed date of stay in Turkey and specifics of the study venue (e.g. under whose auspices, contact numbers etc.)
(2) Curriculum Vitae
(3) Official Academic Transcript. To be sent directly by the university to Dr. Ceren Belge ceren.belge@concordia.ca (postmarked by April 30, 2017)
(4) Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should address letters to the Adıvar Selection Committee and email them directly to Dr. Ceren Belge: ceren.belge@concordia.ca

Deadline: April 30, 2017
Award: $1000


THE JAMES W. REDHOUSE STUDENT PRIZE COMPETITION FOR BEST PROGRESS IN THE TURKISH LANGUAGE
Deadline: June 30 of each year

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 ($100), 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 of two recipients for the area.  The Area Coordinators will inform the Language Awards Committee no later than September 15, 2017 of their choice, and the Committee will forward the information to the President of OTSA.

  • AATT will arrange for the recipients to be informed of their selection and to receive their prizes by mail or (preferably) at the OTSA Annual Meeting. 
  • The President of OTSA informs institutions of their students’ awards.

This year’s Language Awards Committee consists of:

  • Uli Schamiloglu (University of Wisconsin) uschamil@wisc.edu                 
  • Pelin Basci (Portland State University) bnpb@pdx.edu

The following AATT members serve as Area Coordinators to whom the initial applications are sent:
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

VANGELIS KECHRIOTIS MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT

A cash grant of $500 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 relations, or Ottoman Balkan Studies.

Applicants for the grant are asked to submit the following, by email, by August 1, 2017:
*A 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)

To submit an application by email, or for more information, please contact:
Christine Philliou philliou@berkeley.edu with “KECHRIOTIS TRAVEL GRANT” in the title line of the email message.

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 made possible by the grant. We thank the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association for their help in fundraising and administering this grant.

Hale Yılmaz, Secretary
Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association

 

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