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OTSA Awards and Prizes 2014


An annual prize for the best paper in Turkish or Ottoman studies written by a graduate student in Turkish or Ottoman studies during the preceding academic year (i.e., 2013-14 for the award given in 2014), sponsored by the Turkish Studies Association with the generous support of the M. Münir Ertegün Foundation. The winning paper will be considered for publication in the TURKISH STUDIES ASSOCIATION JOURNAL.

Applicants must submit the following as attachments to an email:

  • Submit one electronic copy (as a pdf) of the paper
  • The address, phone number, and e-mail of the author
  • The name and address of the author's academic advisor
  • Deadline: Materials must be sent by June 15, 2014.
  • Materials should be emailed to Dr. Sibel Zandi-Sayek at
  • Award: $200

Past winners of the Fisher award


In recognition of the students who have made the best progress in Turkish in the academic year, prizes are awarded annually to students in each of four regions of the United States and Canada as determined by area coordinators and a committee composed of members of the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages. Any student (graduate or undergraduate) who has completed a full one-year course at any level of modern or Ottoman Turkish at a university offering such courses in its regular program may be nominated. Submit nominations to the AATT Secretariat.

This prize is organized and adjudicated by the AATT, funded currently by the Ertegün Foundation at Princeton University. The executive secretary of the AATT informs the TSA board of winners and announces the winners at the TSA annual meeting. For more information, see the AATT website announcement about this award:

  • Award: $100 each for up to four winners
  • Deadline: Nominations must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2014.


This scholarship is awarded annually by OTSA from a separate fund. The aim of the Adivar Scholarship is to introduce to Turkey students who have not had extensive prior experience in Turkey or Turkish studies. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a qualified undergraduate in any discipline in support of travel to Turkey for the purpose of study or research. The successful applicant may use the scholarship to support participation in a Turkish language program or a work internship, or for study or research in Turkish culture and society. A scholarship applicant must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an institution of higher education and must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.

The winner must make use of the award within a twelve month period, beginning the summer after the award is granted. Thus, a scholarship awarded in April 2014 is to be used in the summer of 2014 or the 2014-2015 academic year. Applicants need to submit the following as one attachment to an email:

  • Statement of Purpose: To include how the applicant intends to use the scholarship and how the experience ties into his or her academic experience and goals;
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic Transcript: One scanned electronic copy
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation. The recommenders should address the letters to the Adivar Selection Committee and send them directly to Dr. Kyle Evered via email.
  • NOTE* A signed, sealed copy of the academic transcript must also be mailed to Dr. Kyle Evered and postmarked by March 20, 2014.

Award: $1000
Deadline for 2013: March 20, 2014

All nominations and submittals should be sent electronically to: Dr. Kyle Evered at

The academic transcript should be mailed to this address:

Dr. Kyle Evered
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
Michigan State University
673 Auditorium Road
East Lansing, MI 48824


An annual prize awarded for the best book in the area of Turkish and Ottoman studies published in the previous year (copyright date of 2013), sponsored by the Turkish Studies Association with the generous support of the M. Münir Ertegün Foundation.

Nominations may be made by the author, colleagues, publisher, or friends.

  • Three copies of the nominated book should be provided, along with:
  • The address, phone number, and e-mail of the author;
  • And an addressed postcard for acknowledgment of receipt.

Submit nominations to:

Dr. Elyse Semerdjian
Köprülü Book Prize Committee Chair
Associate Professor
Department of History
Whitman College
345 Boyer Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Nominations must be postmarked no later than: April 15, 2014.
Award: $500

Past winners

Ottoman Translation Student Award

AATT is pleased to announce a new award ($500) for best translation of an Ottoman archival/historical or literary work by an undergraduate or graduate student in a semester length Ottoman course. To nominate a deserving student instructors should send a letter including the student's name, status, department, a 5-10 page translation and a scanned copy of the Ottoman original by June 15, 2014. The award will be declared at the annual Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association meeting held in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association Conference.


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