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Medieval Academy of America Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize
Projects created during or after 2016 are eligible for the 2021 DHMS Prize

Current winner of the DHMS Prize

The Academy awards the annual Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize to one outstanding digital research project in Medieval Studies. The first Prize was awarded in 2017.

Projects submitted for the prize may take the form of:
  • digital-born research projects
  • databases
  • digital archives of texts or images
  • pedagogical projects
  • teaching or research tool
Or other original and innovative contributions in digital form to the academic study of the Middle Ages.

Commercially funded projects are not eligible.


The prize is not meant to aid development of digital projects but instead to reward successful and innovative digital projects in Medieval Studies. The recipient (i.e. the Principal Investigator) will receive a cash prize of $1000.

The recipient of the award will be announced in the spring of the following year at the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy.


To be eligible, digital project submitted each year must have been created and made available to users within the last five years.
  • For example, in 2018, projects created during or after 2013 are eligible.
Projects do not need to be complete, although they should show signs of continuing work and support.

The Principal Investigator of the project must be a member of the Medieval Academy of America.

The Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize Committee will select the award-winning project based on the Medieval Academy's established criteria for high-quality digital medievalist projects, summarized below:

  • Quality of research and contributions to Medieval Studies
  • Goals and methodologies of project
  • Design, presentation, and accessibility of project
  • Sustainability of project and compatibility of its metadata

Scholars at any stage in their professional careers are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a graduate degree, but do not need to be employed at an academic institution.

Nominations and self-nominations are due by midnight on October 15.

Nomination dossiers must be submitted online and must include:

  • A short (500 words maximum) description of the nominated digital project with access information
  • A statement (250 words) of goals and methods of the project and its intended audience
  • A brief summary of technical specifications for the project
  • The names, academic affiliations (if any), and contact information of  project personnel/collaborators
  • A list of project sponsors, including publisher or host institution, and a list of external grants or awards for the project
  • A brief CV of the project creator/PI
Nominators may, if they wish, supply no more than two brief letters of recommendation from appropriate experts in the field/s of the nominated project. These should be sent by email to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis ( as PDFs on letterhead.

Click here to submit a nomination.
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