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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
SBL Awards
SBL has offered awards in the past and some members have worked thru SBL to offer awards. Listed below are the current opportunities.
 

Society for Biblical Literature – De Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History

Description
In partnership with the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), De Gruyter has established the “Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History” to support biblical scholars at the early stages of their careers. De Gruyter will support this award with an annual cash prize of $1,500 for the best recent (last two calendar years) unpublished dissertation or first monograph in biblical studies, with special attention to submissions in the field of reception history, starting in 2014. Winning manuscripts will be published in appropriate De Gruyter book series or, if no appropriate series exists, as stand-alone titles.

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Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship

Description
The primary goal of the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship is to stimulate the finest and most penetrating work in New Testament studies. In order to compete for the award a paper of publishable quality must be submitted. It must not have been previously published or accepted for publication; however, a paper may be submitted that is under review by a journal or other academic press if a decision to publish has not been reached at the time of submission. If the paper was delivered at an annual or international SBL meeting, it must exhibit significant revision, as demonstrated by submission of both the original draft and the revision. There is a $1,000 monetary award.

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David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship

Description
The primary goal of the David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship is to encourage the finest scholarship in biblical studies. In order to compete for the award a paper of publishable quality must be submitted. It must not have been previously published or accepted for publication; however, a paper may be submitted that is under review by a journal or other academic press if a decision to publish has not been reached at the time of submission. If the paper was delivered at an annual or international SBL meeting, it must exhibit significant revision, as demonstrated by submission of both the original draft and the revision. There is a $1,000 monetary award.

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Regional Scholars Awards

Description
The Regional Scholars' Program has been developed by the Society of Biblical Literature's Council of Regional Coordinators to recognize promising younger scholars in the field of biblical studies. Its objective is to encourage their intellectual development through a mentoring program and to provide practical assistance in securing a place to present their work at the Society's Annual Meeting.

To qualify for the SBL Regional Scholars Program scholars should be at least ABD and no more than four years past the receipt of their Ph.D. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Panel
The Regional Scholars Award Panel for 2014 consists of Ardy Bass, P. Richard Choi, John Fitzgerald, Christopher Heard, and Jeffrey Stackert.

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SBL Annual Meeting Travel Grants

Description
The SBL Annual Meeting Travel Grants offer opportunities to current SBL members to attend the Annual Meeting, participate in the program, enhance their professional development, and build their network with fellow scholars. These grants help facilitate the work of Program Units, the International Cooperation Initiative, Status of Women in the Profession Committee, Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee, and other SBL Committees representing scholars in the field. These grants are intended to support underrepresented and underresourced scholars. As such, preference will be given to women, ethnic/racial minorities, and members from ICI-qualifying countries. A key criterion is an applicant’s demonstrable financial need.

Four Annual Meeting Travel Grants are awarded each year:

  • Two Annual Meeting Participant Travel Grants in the amount of $2,000.00 each are offered to members whose proposals have been accepted by a Program Unit and have not attended an Annual Meeting within the last five (5) years.
  • Two Annual Meeting Attendee Travel Grants in the amount of $1,000 each are offered to members who have not attended the Annual Meeting within the last five (5) years.
  • All grants include lodging (one room, single or shared) for four nights and complimentary meeting registration.
Panel
The Annual Meeting Travel Grant Committee members are representatives from the International Cooperation Initiative, Status of Women in the Profession Committee, Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee.

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These awards are made possible due to generous contributions given to SBL. If you would like to securely make a contribution on-line to support these awards, click on the Donate button.Your gifts encourage excellence in biblical scholarship. Thank you for your generosity.

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