The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) announces the award of two prizes each year for the best unpublished book manuscript on an Indian subject to promote scholarship in South Asian Studies.

They are:

• The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities
• The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences




The winners will receive a $2500 Subvention for the press publishing the manuscript.


• Junior scholars who have received the PhD within the last eight years (2010 and after) are eligible.
• Must be the first book by the author.
• Unrevised dissertations are not accepted.
• There is no designated press for publication.
• Applicants need not have held any AIIS fellowship nor studied in an AIIS language program.
• Manuscripts published before the annual submission deadline are not eligible.
• Manuscripts under review or under contract with a press are eligible.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Send one PDF and one paper copy of your manuscript, postmarked NO LATER THAN September 30, 2018, to:
    • Anand Yang
      Publications Committee Co-Chair
      Box 353650, Jackson School of International Studies
      University of Washington
      Seattle, WA 98195
  • Send the PDF to [email protected]

Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

Application ClosedOfficial link

For Further Queries

Send queries to The Publications Committee Co-Chair: Anand Yang at [email protected]
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