APA/PDC Prize (nomination deadline June 30, 2022)
The APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs recognizes philosophy departments, research centers, institutes, societies, publishers, and other organizations for creating programs that risk undertaking new initiatives in philosophy, and do so with excellence and success.
Article Prize (nomination deadline March 10, 2022)
The Article Prize is for the best, published article by a younger scholar in the previous two years.
The Barwise Prize is for significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing.
Baumgardt Fellowship (submission deadline October 30, 2022)
The Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship is for the support and dissemination of research in the field of ethics.
Berger Prize (nomination deadline April 5, 2022)
The Berger Memorial Prize is awarded to an outstanding published article in philosophy of law.
Book Prize (nomination deadline January 15, 2023)
The Book Prize is awarded in odd years for the best, published book that was written by a younger scholar during the previous two years.
Carus Lectures This prize has been suspended.
The Carus Lectures are a series of three lectures presented over three consecutive days in prominent sessions at a divisional meeting of the APA.
Cook Award This prize has been suspended.
The Joyce Mitchell Cook Award is a biennial award in honor of Joyce Mitchell Cook, the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in philosophy in the United States, recognizing a book written by a trailblazing black woman philosopher.
Danto/ASA Prize (nomination deadline January 20, 2023)
The Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize will be awarded to a member of the APA and the ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood.
de Gruyter Kant Lecture Series
The de Gruyter Kant Lecture Series is open to a broad approach to Kantian philosophy across the philosophical disciplines.
At each APA divisional meeting, the John Dewey Lecture is given by a prominent and senior (typically retired) American philosopher who is invited to reflect, broadly and in an autobiographical spirit, on philosophy in America.
Edinburgh Fellowship (application deadline December 15, 2021)
The APA sponsors one visiting research fellowship per year at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
Essay Prize in Latin American Thought (submission deadline April 25, 2022)
The Essay Prize in Latin American Thought is awarded to the author of the best unpublished, English-language, philosophical essay in Latin American thought.
Gittler Award (nomination deadline March 15, 2022)
The Joseph B. Gittler Award is given for an outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences.
The Jean Hampton Prize is awarded biennially to a philosopher at a junior career stage whose paper is accepted for the Pacific Division meeting. The paper must be in some area of philosophy in which Professor Hampton worked, including social and political philosophy, foundations of ethics, normative ethics, the philosophy of law, rational choice theory, feminist theory, Hobbes to Hume, Kant, realism, and pragmatism.
The Eastern Division awards the William James Prize to the best paper in the area of American philosophy that is both (a) written by a philosopher who received their PhD within five years of the beginning of the calendar year in which the paper is submitted, or is a graduate student, and (b) accepted for inclusion in the Eastern Division program by the program committee through the normal process of anonymous reviewing.
Journal of Value Inquiry Prize (submission deadline March 5, 2022)
The Journal of Value Inquiry Prize is awarded for the best unpublished article-length work in philosophy by a non-academically affiliated philosopher.
Kavka/UCI Prize (nomination deadline May 30, 2023)
The Gregory Kavka/University of California Irvine Prize in Political Philosophy is awarded to the author of a paper in a refereed journal, an original book chapter or an original essay published in a collection with a multiplicity of contributors, from any area of political philosophy and political theory.
Lebowitz Prize (nomination deadline November 30, 2021)
The Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize is a high honor for philosophical achievement and contribution. Each year at the Lebowitz Prize symposium at an APA divisional meeting, the two prize winners present lectures offering contrasting views on an important philosophical issue of current interest. The winners also receive a substantial monetary award.
Op-Ed Contest (nomination deadline April 15, 2022)
The Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest is for the best opinion-editorials published by philosophers.
Plantinga Prize (submission deadline January 10, 2022)
The Alvin Plantinga Prize recognizes original essays that engage philosophical issues about or in substantial ways related to theism.
Prometheus Prize This prize has been suspended.
The Prometheus Prize honors a distinguished philosopher in recognition of his or her lifetime contribution to ‘expanding the frontiers of research in philosophy and science.’
The Philip L. Quinn Prize is awarded in recognition of service to philosophy and philosophers, broadly construed.
The Nicholas Rescher Prize Lecture will be presented biennially at a divisional meeting of the APA on the topic of systematic metaphysics, broadly construed.
The Patrick Romanell Lecture is presented annually at a divisional meeting of the APA on the topic of philosophical naturalism.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize (nomination deadline April 30, 2022)
The Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize recognizes the scholarly work of adjunct professors.
The Josiah Royce Lectureship is on the philosophy of mind.
Sanders Book Prize Due to the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, this prize has been temporarily suspended.
The Sanders Book Prize is awarded to the best book in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or epistemology that engages the analytic tradition published in English in the previous five-year period.
Sanders Graduate Student Awards
These prizes are awarded to each of the three best papers in mind, metaphysics, epistemology, or ethics submitted for the annual APA Eastern Division meeting by graduate students.
The Sanders Lecture is presented annually at a divisional meeting of the APA on a topic in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or epistemology that engages the analytic tradition.
Scheffler Prize (nomination deadline February 15, 2023)
The Israel Scheffler Prize in Philosophy of Education will be awarded for a book or a connected set of three or more papers on a topic in philosophy of education, broadly construed.
Schutz Lecture This prize has been suspended.
The Alfred Schutz Lecture in social philosophy or the philosophy of the human sciences is given by a philosopher with distinction in one of these fields, with preference for work that employs phenomenological or humanistic approaches in the analysis of society or social phenomena.
Sharp Prize (submission deadline March 10, 2023)
The Frank Chapman Sharp Memorial Prize is awarded to the best unpublished essay or monograph on the philosophy of war and peace.
The Ernest Sosa Prizes are established with the APA in honor of Ernest Sosa and for the purpose of providing the Ernest Sosa Prize and the Ernest Sosa Fellowship, to honor substantial achievement in epistemology. The Fellowship will recognize significant contributions to epistemology—normally published work in the field.
Sosa Prize Lecture (nomination deadline February 5, 2022)
The Ernest Sosa Prizes are established with the APA in honor of Ernest Sosa and for the purpose of providing the Ernest Sosa Prize and the Ernest Sosa Fellowship, to honor substantial achievement in epistemology. The Lecturer must be an outstanding contributor to epistemology, and will present the Ernest Sosa Prize Lecture, in which the lecturer expounds some substantial contribution in a way that is accessible to a broad philosophical audience.
Teaching Prize (nomination deadline August 5, 2022)
The Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching recognizes a philosophy teacher who has had a profound impact on the student learning of philosophy in undergraduate and/or pre-college settings.
Whiting Public Engagement Programs (application deadline February 25, 2021)
The APA nominates up to four APA members for the Whiting Public Engagement Programs, which aim to celebrate and empower early-career humanities faculty who undertake ambitious projects to infuse the depth, historical richness, and nuance of the humanities into public life. The two programs are a fellowship and a seed grant.
The APA is always open to new prizes and fellowships. If you are interested in creating a new prize, please review our information on establishing new prizes.
Revoking Prizes and Awards
APA prizes can be revoked in the sole discretion of the APA. For more information on the revocation process, see the APA's policy on revoking prizes and awards.