Dissertation Prize

The deadline for the 2021 prize has passed. The deadline for the 2022 prize will be posted in Spring 2023. The most recent call for nominations is posted below for your reference.


The Center for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for the Digital Humanities Dissertation Prize which recognizes exceptional doctoral work with a digital humanities component by recipients of Princeton PhDs. Applicants may self-nominate, as long as they secure a letter of recommendation from a Princeton faculty member.

Nominees for the 2021 prize must have defended their dissertation (FPO) between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. The deadline for nominations has been extended until June 15, 2022 (11:59 pm). The prize carries an award of $2,000.

For consideration, please submit the following materials to cdh-info@princeton.edu :

  1. Dissertation abstract
  2. Completed dissertation
  3. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member (typically a dissertation adviser), which can arrive after the deadline and need not be specific to the CDH Dissertation Prize

Please send the first two items as PDF attachments. Letters of recommendation should be sent separately to the same address (cdh-info@princeton.edu) and may be attached as PDFs or written in the text of an email. Please use the subject line “Submission for CDH Dissertation Prize.”

Please email cdh-info@princeton.edu with any questions.


Previous Winners

2021: Lizabel Mónica (Spanish and Portuguese), Literatura por otros medios: tecnología digital y campo literario en la Cuba contemporánea; and Kristen Starkowski (English), Doorstep Moments: Close Encounters with Minor Characters in the Victorian Novel

2019: Sean Fraga (History), Ocean Fever: Water, Trade, and the Shaping of the Terraqueous Pacific Northwest. (Read an interview with Sean)

2018: Philip Gleissner (Slavic), Through Thick and Thin: The Social Life of Journals Under Late Socialism. (Read about Philip's dissertation)