To support emerging scholars, Brill organizes several awards and competitions each year. Below you find an overview of these awards, linking to pages with instructions, previous winners and more.
- Middle East & Islam Studies Early-Career Paper Prize
- Frank Gibney Award in American-East Asian Relations
- The IJMH Early-Career Paper
- The Mattingly Award
- The Paul E. Lovejoy Prize
- The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Article Award
- The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Book Award
Brill works closely with the Scaliger Institute, and sponsors the Brill Fellowship program. One or two Brill Fellows can be appointed each year to conduct research in the Special Collections of the Leiden University Library within one of the publishing areas of Brill in the Humanities. You can read about Brill's work with the Scaliger Institute here. There you can also find further information about the Fellowship conditions and the application procedure.
Brill’s Award-winning Titles
Winner of the Edward L. Dreyer prize for the best article in Chinese military history by an early-career scholar for 2019
- Beat the Drums or Break Them: Bells and Drums as Communication Devices in Early Chinese Warfare, by Avital Hedva Rom. Available now in Open Access.
Winner of the 2021 Osterbrock Book Prize, awarded by the American Astronomical Society
- Decoding the Stars: A Biography of Angelo Secchi, Jesuit and Scientist, by Ileana Chinnici.
Winner of the 2020 CEU Award for Outstanding Research
- Jean-Louis Fabiani, author of the forthcoming Pierre Bourdieu: A Heroic Structuralism, volume 12 in Brill's Youth in a Globalizing World series.
Winner of the 2020 Parviz Shahriari Book Award for History of Math, Science and Technology
- The Great Introduction to Astrology by Abū Maʿšar (2 vols.), edited by Keiji Yamamoto† and Charles Burnett.
Winner of the 2019 International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law Mangone Prize
- The EU’s Regulation on the Sustainable Management of External Fishing Fleets: International and European Law perspectives, Dr Solène Guggisberg, in The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, vol. 34, nr. 2. Available in Open Access
Winner of the 2019 2019 Judaica Reference and Bibliography Award
- Catalog of Catalogs: A Bibliography of Temporary Exhibition Catalogs Since 1876 that Contain Items of Judaica, Edited by William Gross, Orly Tzion and Falk Wiesemann.
Winner of the 2020 Bishko Prize from the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
- Demons and Diversity in León, Pamela A. Patton, in Medieval Encounters, vol. 25, nr. 1-2.
Winner of the 2020 Verbruggen Prize
- Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages (500-1300), Florin Curta.
Winner of the 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award
- Salma Jayyusi, Brill author and editor (Category: Cultural Personality of the Year).
- The Thousand and One Nights and Twentieth Century Fiction: Intertextual Readings, Richard van Leeuwen (Category: Arabic Culture in Other Languages).
Winner of the 2020 Sturgis Leavitt Award
- The Congress of Vienna and the Making of Second Slavery, Fernanda Bretones Lane, Guilherme de Paula Costa Santos and Alain El Youssef. Available in Journal of Global Slavery Volume 4, Issue 2.
Winner of the 2019 Mattingly Award
- A Global Approach to Local Problems? How to Write a Longer, Deeper, and Wider History of the International Year of Disabled Persons in Kenya, Sam de Schutter. Available in Open Access in Diplomatica Volume 1, Issue 2.
Winner of the 2019 Dissertation Awards at Tilburg University (first prize)
- The research which was the basis for the title Wilderness Protection in Polar Regions, Antje Neumann
Winner of the 27th World Award for the Book of the Year in Iranian Studies
- Khwadāynāmag The Middle Persian Book of Kings, Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila. Available in Open Access.
Winner of the 2020 Joseph Levenson Pre-1900 Book Prize
- Song Dynasty Figures of Longing and Desire. Gender and Interiority in Chinese Painting and Poetry. Lara C.W. Blanchard
Winner of the 2019 European Investment Law and Arbitration Review’s Young Practitioners and Scholars Essay Competition
- The Future of Intra-EU Investment Arbitration: Intra-EU Investment Arbitration under the ECT post Achmea. Sahra Arif
Winner of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Bronze Medal in 2019
- Ismail Warscheid, on the editorial board of Arabica.
Winners of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 2019 Best Article Awards
- Inked or Not: Maras and Their Participation in El Salvador’s Recent Armed Conflict. Ximena Galvez Lima
- Shifting from Autonomous Weapons to Military Networks. Léonard Van Rompaey
Winner of the 2019 IJMH Early-Career Paper
- The Battle of An Khe Pass (1972): The Implications of the South Korean Army’s Pyrrhic Victory in the Vietnamization Phase of the Vietnam War. Hosub Shim
Winner of the 2019 Junior Alberigo Award by the European Academy of Religion
- Reinventing Jihād: Jihād Ideology from the Conquest of Jerusalem to the end of the Ayyūbids (c. 492/1099–647/1249). Kenneth A. Goudie
Choice “Outstanding Academic Titles” 2019
- The Origins of Chinese Thought: From Shamanism to Ritual Regulations and Humaneness. Zehou Li
- Why Look at Plants? The Botanical Emergence in Contemporary Art. Edited by Giovanni Aloi
- Nazi Characters in German Propaganda and Literature. Dagmar C. G. Lorenz
Winner of the 2019 Brigadier General James L. Collins Jr. Prize for the best book on military history published in 2017 or 2018
- To Win and Lose a Medieval Battle: Nájera (April 3, 1367), A Pyrrhic Victory for the Black Prince. Andrew Villalon and Donald Kagay
Winner of the 2019 Michael Mitterauer-Prize for best monograph
Winner of the 2019 SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication
- The Riddle of Jael: The History of a Poxied Heroine in Medieval and Renaissance Art and Culture. P. Scott Brown
Winner of the 2019 BAS Publication Award: Best Scholarly Book on Archaeology
- The Caves of Qumran - Proceedings of the International Conference, Lugano 2014. Editor: Marcello Fidanzio
Winner of the 2019 CEU Award for Outstanding Research
- Liberalism, Constitutional Nationalism and Minorities: The Making of Romanian Citizenship, 1780-1918. Constantin Iordachi
Winner of the Médaille de Chénier 2019, from the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres
- Galien de Pergame ou la rhétorique de la providence. Caroline Petit
Winner of the 2019 Menno Hertzberger Prize for Book History and Bibliography
- Early Dutch Maritime Cartography. Günter Schilder
Winner of the 2019 Menno Hertzberger Encouragement Prize
- Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century, 1618-1700. Arthur der Weduwen
Winner of the 2018 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies, from the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
- Mattʿēos Uṙhayecʿi and His Chronicle. Tara L. Andrews
Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” 2018
Winner of The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America's 2018 Oskar Halecki Award
The 2018 winner of the Early Slavic Studies Association prize for best new book on Early Slavic Studies
- In Austrvegr: The Role of the Eastern Baltic in Viking Age Communication across the Baltic Sea. Marika Mägi
The 2018 Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding in the category of 'Translation from Arabic into English'
- Treasure Trove of Benefits and Variety at the Table: A Fourteenth-Century Egyptian Cookbook. Nawal Nasrallah
The 2018 Josef IJsewijn Prize for Best Book on a Neo-Latin Topic
- Ancient Libraries and Renaissance Humanism. The De bibliothecis of Justus Lipsius. Thomas Hendrickson
The 25th I.R. Iran World Award for Book of the Year in the field of Islamic and Iranian Studies
- The Medieval Reception of Firdausī’s Shāhnāma as a Mirror for Princes. Ardashīr-i Bābakān as an Ideal King. Nasrin Askari
- Wissensvermittlung im Gespräch. Eine Studie zu klassisch-arabischen Dialogen. Regula Forster
- The Formation of the Islamic Understanding of Kalāla in the Second Century AH (718–816 CE). Between Scripture and Canon. Pavel Pavlovitch
- Herausforderung Islam. Christliche Annäherungen. Klaus von Stosch
17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography (2018)
The 2018 Iranian Studies Association Saidi-Sirjani Book Award
Winner of the 2017 Association des historiens contemporanéistes de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (AHCESR) Contemporary History Award
- Une défense de la langue arabe dialev ctale dans un journal de l’Association des Oulémas algériens en 1936 : démontrer l’unicité de la langue arabe par la richesse de ses parlers. Charlotte Courreye
The 2017 John Tackray Medal by the Society for the History of Natural History
Choice “Outstanding Academic Titles” 2017
- A Handbook of the World's Conifers (2 vols.): Revised and Updated Edition. Aljos Farjon
- The Dispersion: A History of the Word Diaspora. Stéphane Dufoix, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre
- Fire over Luoyang: A History of the Later Han Dynasty 23-220 AD. Rafe de Crespigny, Australian National University
- A Companion to Public Theology. Edited by Sebastian Kim, York St John University, and Katie Day, Lutheran Theological Seminar, Philadelphia
- Cassius Dio: Greek Intellectual and Roman Politician. Edited by Carsten Hjort Lange, Aalborg University, and Jesper Majbom Maden, University of Southern Denmark
- Marxism and Criminology: A History of Criminal Selectivity. Valeria Vegh Weis, New York University, Buenos Aires University, Quilmes University and Argentinean Policeman University
Foundation Council Award of the Georg-August-University of Göttingen Public Law Foundation in the category of “Outstanding Publications of Young Scientists”
- Nation and Ethnicity. Chinese Discourses on History, Historiography, and Nationalism (1900s-1920s). Julia C. Schneider
The 2017 Syrian Studies Association Prize for Outstanding Book on Syria
Choice “Outstanding Academic Titles” 2016
- Encyclopaedia of Islam Online: Third edition. Edited by Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas and Everett Rowson
- The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek. Franco Montanari, English Edition edited by Madeleine Goh and Chad Schroeder, under the auspices of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University. Advisory Editors: Gregory Nagy and Leonard Muellner
- Contesting the Yellow Dragon: Ethnicity, Religion, and the State in the Sino-Tibetan Borderland. Xiaofei Kang and Donald S. Sutton
Forschungspreis der Annemarie Schimmel-Stiftung für Islamkunde 2017
- Die Rifāʽīya aus Damaskus: Eine Privatbibliothek im osmanischen Syrien und ihr kulturelles Umfeld. Boris Liebrenz
The Gourmand Cookbooks Awards 2017, in the category 'Food Safety'
- Food Safety Law in China: Making Transnational Law. Francis Snyder
Caforio prize for the best book in armed forces and civil-military relations published between 2015 and 2016
- On Military Memoirs: A Quantitative Comparison of International Afghanistan War Autobiographies, 2001-2010. Esmeralda Kleinreesink
The 2017 Verbruggen Prize for the best book on medieval military history
- Montfort: History, Early Research and Recent Studies of the Principal Fortress of the Teutonic Order. Edited by Adrian J. Boas, with the assistance of Rabei G. Khamisy
De la Court Prize 2016 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
The 2016 Conover-Porter Award
- The Arabic Literature of Africa Volume 5: The Writings of Mauritania and the Western Sahara. Compiled by Charles C. Stewart with Sidi Ahmed ould Ahmed Salim and the assistance of Mohamed Nouhi, Babacar Mbengue, Abdel Wedoud ould Cheikh and Bruce S. Hall.
The 2nd Professor Josef Kreiner Hosei University Award for International Japanese Studies