Paper Prize

The DVMA Paper Prize is awarded annually to a graduate student for a written project, such as a conference paper, thesis or dissertation chapter or other similar work, on the basis of its quality, originality, and clarity of scholarship. The amount of the award is $300, and the winner will be invited to present the work at a future DVMA meeting.


The competition is limited to graduate students who are current members of the DVMA (join or renew by December 1).

Submissions should be polished, scholarly works that have been – or could be – presented at a conference.  The text should be 25 pages or less and must have been written or presented within a calendar year of the deadline. Please note: The presentation time allotted for the paper will likely be 30 minutes, but this is subject to change depending on the needs of the meeting organizers.

How to Apply

Include in your application:

  • your CV
  • an abstract (no more than 200 words)
  • the paper in its original form (including PowerPoint presentation, if applicable)

Submit applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 15. The winner will be notified by January 15 (and announced at the following DVMA meeting).

Our Thanks

The DVMA would like to offer its sincere gratitude to the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and the Princeton Index of Christian Art for their continued support of our programs.

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