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The Goldziher (Gold-zi-air) Prize is an award for excellence in the coverage of Muslim Americans by an individual or team of U.S. journalists. This prize is named for Ign├íc Goldziher (1850-1921), a Hungarian Jew who was among the first university scholars in Europe to study and admire the laws, poetry, and practices of Islam. 

The application period for the Goldziher Prize is now closed. Thanks to all the brilliant journalists who contributed their work. The judges are working hard now, and we will come back with results in April this year.

In 2017, The Goldziher Prize for journalists was created in response to rising fear and hateful actions toward Muslims, and seeks to counter these trends by recognizing and stimulating positive stories about Muslim Americans.

For the 2019 competition, The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College, an independent college in the Catholic Augustinian tradition, and the William and Mary Greve Foundation, partnered with the Religion News Foundation, the educational and charitable arm of the Religion News Association. 

Criteria for Entry

  • Stories or opinion pieces in print, video, audio, and photographic essays, created after December 31, 2016.

  • Overall quality of presentation in describing or reporting on Muslim Americans.

  • Preference will be given to journalists who have covered Muslim Americans over time. We encourage submissions that have had an impact on an individual, community, organization, or government agency.

2019 Goldziher Prizes

Three Goldziher Prizes for Professional Journalists:

  • One prize for Written Word: $15,000

  • One prize for Video or Photography: $15,000

  • One prize for Audio: $15,000

One Goldziher Prize for a Journalism Student: $5,000

Please visit the Rules and FAQs pages to learn more about the prizes, and to see the past prize winners. See About Us to learn more about the Goldziher judges and advisors.