Gerda Henkel Prize (Deadline: January 9)

November 20, 2017

Chancellors, Provosts, and Deans:

The University has been invited to nominate one candidate for the Gerda Henkel Prize for outstanding research in historical humanities. I am requesting your help in identifying internationally acclaimed researchers in the disciplines of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory, and Early History.  Nominations are also being accepted from the special program fields of “Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements” and “Security, Society and the State.” In addition, the Gerda Henkel Foundation strives to preserve cultural heritage, particularly in distressed regions, and supports young scholars in the humanities in Africa and Southeast Asia. Winners will be awarded €100,000.

To nominate a candidate, please send a letter of nomination, a list of the nominee’s most important academic publications from the last five years, and an up-to-date c.v. Nomination materials should be submitted by January 9, 2018, to Dr. Angela Mullis ( of my office, who will be coordinating this process. For more information regarding nominations, eligibility, and the selection process, you can visit their website at

Given the innovative research undertaken by our faculty, I am confident that the candidate we nominate will be regarded highly by the selection committee. Your assistance in helping to identify the best candidates is greatly appreciated.

Barbara A. Lee
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs