American Oriental Society

Jonas C. Greenfield Prize
For Younger Semitists


The American Oriental Society is pleased to announce a call for submissions for a prize to honor eminent Semitist and AOS member, Jonas C. Greenfield (10/30/26—3/13/95). The Greenfield Prize now carries a cash award of $5000, and is granted every four years to a younger scholar for the best published article in any area of Semitic studies that has been published during the most recent three-year period.

The next Greenfield Prize competition period is from June 2012 through May 2015. According to the stipulations of the donor, candidates for the current competition must be forty years old or younger by June 1, 2014. Deadline for submission of application letter and materials is December 15, 2015.

The selection of the award-winning article will be made by the AOS Greenfield Prize Committee. The results of the competition will be announced in February 2016. Presentation of the award will take place tentatively at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society in Boston, MA.

Applicants must submit by December 15, 2015:
three (3) copies of the published article and
three (3) copies of their C.V.s (including date of birth) to:

Greenfield Prize Committee
American Oriental Society
Hatcher Graduate Library
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

Previous Greenfield Prize winners:

•1998: Christa Mueller-Kessler, for her article “The Story of Bguzan-Lilit: Daughter of Zanay-Lilit,” JAOS 116 (1996): 185—195
• 2000: J. N. Ford, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “‘Ninety-Nine by the Evil Eye and One from Natural Causes’: KTU21.96 in its Near Eastern Context” (Ugarit-Forschungen 30 [1998]: 201—278).
• 2003: Michael P. Streck, University of Munich: “Keilschrift und Alphabet,” in Hieroglyphen - Alphabete - Schriftreformen. Studien zu Multiliteralismus, Schriftwechsel und Orthographieneuregelungen. Lingua Aegyptia - Studia monographica ; 3. (Göttingen 2001) 77—97
• 2006: Matthew W. Waters, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire: “Cyrus and the Achæmenids” in IRAN XLII (2004) 91—102
• 2009: Martin Worthington, St. John’s College, Cambridge: “Dialect Admixture of Babylonian and Assyrian in SAA VIII, X, XII, XVII, XVIII”, Iraq 68 (2006) pp. 59–84.
• 2012: Aaron Tugendhaft, New York University: “How to Become a Brother in the Bronze Age: An Inquiry into the Representation of Politics in Ugaritic Myth”, Fragments Volume 2 (2012) pp. 89-104.


1. The Greenfield Prize Committee (GPC) is made of three (3) AOS members.
    a) The ANE Program Chair
        1. Service on the GPC is co-terminus with the term of ANE Program Chair.
    b) Two (2) additional members, selected by the ANE Program Chair to assure coverage of all major fields of Semitics.
        1. Service on the GPC is for three (3) award cycles.
        2. Appointments of the 2 additional members should be staggered.
2. The Chair of the GPC is to be one of the 2 additional members.


1. The GPC meets at the Annual AOS Meetings held in even number years when any adjustments to the Call for Submissions for the next competition will be made
2. The announcement of the GPC's selection will be announced by the end of February
3. The recipient will be notified by the AOS Office of the Secretary, the GPC chair, and/or the ANE section chair, as determined by the GPC
4. The recipient will be invited to attend the next AOS Meeting, with appropriate pomp and circumstance
5. The award will be presented formally at the annual banquet.

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