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Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding

The Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize, worth £25,000, is awarded annually for outstanding scholarly contribution to global cultural understanding and is designed to illuminate the interconnections and divisions of culture and identity in world civilization.

The award was founded by the International Relations scholar, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan. The Prize was first awarded in 2013.


Eligible work can be from any humanities or social science discipline or disciplines, and may take the form of a book or equivalent body of work published within the last five years. Proposers should demonstrate how the nominated work contributes to public understanding and wider debate. This may include additional output connected to the nominated contribution. Edited volumes are not eligible 

How to nominate

Nominated persons can be of any nationality, based anywhere in the world and working in any language provided that the nominated work is available in English. Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy and invited organisations. Nomination forms are available from the Fellows area of the British Academy website.

Nominations for the 2017 prize are now closed.

Nominating body: specialist advisory committee

Previous Winners

2016  Professor Carole Hillenbrand OBE FBA, Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews

2015  Neil MacGregor Hon FBA, British Museum

2014  Jonathan Jansen, University of the Free State, South Africa

2013  Ms Karen Armstrong

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