The AIIS Book Prize

In order to promote scholarship in South Asian Studies, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) awards two prizes each year for the best unpublished book manuscript on an Indian subject:

The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities

The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences

Eric Huntington’s 2018 Prize Winning Book

Only junior scholars who have received the PhD within the last eight years (2012 and after) are eligible. This must be the first book by the author.

A prize committee will determine the yearly winners, though the committee may choose not to award prizes for any year in which worthy submissions are lacking. The prize will include a subvention of $2500 for the press publishing the manuscript.

Unrevised dissertations are not accepted. Applicants must demonstrate they have revised the original dissertation.

There is no designated press for publication. Authors are advised to submit their manuscript for publication at the most appropriate press; concurrent submission to multiple presses is recommended. Manuscripts under review or under contract with a press are eligible, but manuscripts that go into print before the annual prize announcement will become ineligible (see “contest guidelines”).

Applicants need not have held an AIIS fellowship or participated in an AIIS language program in India.

2020 Book Prize Winners

2019 Book Prize Winners

2018 Book Prize Winners

2017 Book Prize Winners

2016 Book Prize Winner

2015 Book Prize Winners

Manuscripts are due September 30 with an announcement of the awardees the following March. Send one PDF and one paper copy of your manuscript no later than September 30, 2020 to the Publications Committee Co-Chair, Anand Yang, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195. Queries can be addressed to

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Publications committee:                                          

Anand Yang, University of Washington co-chair
Sarah Lamb, Brandeis University co-chair
Deborah Hutton, The College of New Jersey
Diane P. Mines, Appalachian State University
Tulasi Srinivas, Emerson College
Tariq Thachil, Vanderbilt University
Susan Wadley, Syracuse University 

Dissertation to Book Workshop

A workshop for recent Ph.D. recipients on turning a dissertation into a book is also offered annually at the Madison South Asia Conference in October.

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The American Institute of Indian Studies


The Publications Committee Chairs

Sarah Lamb:
Anand Yang: