Dissertation Prizes

Every two years, TARII awards the best U.S. doctoral dissertations on Iraq. The Donny George Youkhana Dissertation Prize (named in 2011) recognizes the best dissertation on ancient Iraq. A second award recognizes the best dissertation on modern or medieval Iraq. The competition is open to U.S. citizens at any university worldwide and any student at a U.S. university.

TARII announces its bi-annual dissertation award competition for dissertations defended during the 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 academic years. Dissertations defended during the 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 academic years are eligible and may come from any discipline for the study of any time period. The competition is open to U.S. citizens at any university worldwide and any student at a U.S. university. One award of $1,000 will be made for The Donny George Youkhana Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation on ancient Iraq. Another award of $1,000 will be made for the best dissertation on medieval or modern Iraq.

Nominations and submissions should come directly from the dissertation advisors. Advisors should submit a PDF copy of the dissertation manuscript and a letter explaining the importance of the dissertation. Please send all nominations/submissions, along with contact information for dissertation authors, by August 1, 2019, to info@tarii.org. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Queries may be addressed to info@tarii.org.