Kluge Prize - 2023


Library of Congress


Established with an endowment provided by the late John W. Kluge, the Kluge Prize recognizes and celebrates work of the highest quality and greatest impact that advances understanding of the human experience.

The Prize is awarded on a semi-regular basis, usually every two years. Nominations must be made in writing and include a detailed assessment of a nominee's accomplishments. Explanatory documentation is helpful and is essential for any nomination received without prior solicitation. Self-nominations are not accepted.


The main criterion for the prize is deep achievement in the study of humanity. Nominees need not have worked primarily in academic institutions, but they are expected to have developed, in their creative pursuits or careers, unique insights into the forces that have shaped and continue to shape humankind. Candidates should be distinguished by their intellectual achievements, by the fundamental importance of their work and its impact on public affairs and civil society, and by the ability to communicate the significance of their work to broad audiences.

The nominee's body of work should have earned unusual distinction within a given area of inquiry. It should exemplify values and insights that have meaning both within and beyond the scholarly community over a sustained period. It should, in large part, be understandable to scholars in a variety of fields, to those involved in public affairs and to the average layperson. Seniority is not a prerequisite for recognition of such achievement.

The prize is not offered to candidates whose primary work has been in economic sciences, literature, peace, chemistry, physics, or physiology or medicine, the areas covered by the Nobel Prizes.


The Prize is ordinarily a $1 million award.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Nominations must be submitted directly to klugeprize@loc.gov. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

How to Apply

Nominations must be submitted directly to klugeprize@loc.gov. Please submit a complete nomination and signed OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca  by the external deadline.

For More Information

For more information, contact ailsakay@uoguelph.ca or visit the Kluge Prize website.

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