The IAA, in conjunction with De Gruyter Inc., will award an annual prize for the best Assyriological dissertation. Assyriology is understood in the widest sense and includes all (syllabic) cuneiform studies. The award program is established for three years, whereupon both parties will review the agreement. The submitted dissertations with be evaluated by a committee appointed by the governing board of the IAA; the committee will consist of three or four persons, one from the IAA Board and two or three from among the other members of the IAA; the results will be conveyed to the board, which will make the final decision. The committee members will serve three years terms, after which a new committee will be chosen.
1. Starting in 2013, De Gruyter will give the IAA annually €1,000 to be awarded to the best recent (last two calendar years) dissertation in Assyriology. To be eligible, the dissertation must have been completed and officially approved within two years before the coming deadline.
2. De Gruyter will publish the award-winning dissertation after it has been revised into a publishable book manuscript upon acceptance by De Gruyter, at the sole discretion of De Gruyter.
3. An annual award ceremony will be organized at the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI).
4. The dissertation award program is open to IAA and non-IAA members from any country. There is no age limit.
5. Submissions are accepted in all three official IAA/RAI languages (English, German and French). Dissertations should be delivered in PDF form with embedded fonts to the IAA Office in Leiden no later than March 1. The office shall then forward them to committee members before March 10. The committee will evaluate the articles and make a preliminary ranking.
6. The committee will submit its selection report to the IAA Board no later than May 1. During the following Rencontre the conclusions will be discussed at the Board meeting, and the prize will be publicly awarded during the general meeting.
Please send the PDF of the manuscript to:
International Association for Assyriology c/o Prof. Dr. W.H. van Soldt
Email: w.h.van.soldt at hum.leidenuniv.nl