Call for Nominations

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2023 Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities. Created to commemorate the Council's 50th anniversary and honor the legacy of scholar and longtime NJCH board member Stan Katz, the prize recognizes a public humanities project from a New Jersey-based organization that demonstrates community engagement and has had a significant impact upon people in the Garden State.  

Application deadline: September 1, 2023

Winners will receive an award of $5,000 from NJCH

Organizations may self-nominate

Winner Notified: September 29, 2023

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To be eligible for nomination, an organization must: 

  • Have completed the nominated project between 2018 and 2023 (i.e., within the last five years). 
  • Be a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization or government entity.

Nomination Guidelines

Anyone may nominate a project, and nominators may nominate any project that they believe best exemplifies the purpose of the Prize and fulfills its eligibility requirements; please note that self-nominations from organizations *are* permitted. All nominations will be kept confidential. 

Nominators must explicitly identify a single project which they wish to nominate and should be prepared to demonstrate the project’s significant impact in the field of the public humanities; successful incorporation of humanistic scholarship or methods; and innovative approach(es) to a topic or question of importance to New Jersey communities, ideally the organization’s local community. 

Nominated projects may take any number of forms, including but not limited to: 

  • a book 
  • an exhibition 
  • an event or series of events (in-person, hybrid, or virtual) 
  • a discussion program 
  • an archival or oral history project 
  • a digital humanities project 

Projects that served and engaged members of communities that traditionally have had less access to humanities programs and resources are especially encouraged. 

Selection Criteria and Process

All nominations and supporting materials will be evaluated by a committee of distinguished peer reviewers with expertise in the public humanities. Reviewers for this program will be asked to evaluate all eligible projects on the following five criteria: 

  • Significance of the project’s impact in the local community and in the public humanities space more broadly, regardless of the project’s scale 
  • Thoughtful and consistent incorporation of humanities methods, practices, and/or scholarship 
  • Demonstrated capacity to define, engage, and sustain a particular audience (or audiences) 
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation in the design and implementation of the project 
  • Incorporation of community members' expertise, values, and needs in the design and implementation of the project 

The Katz Prize winner will be selected and notified by September 29, 2023. The selection committee will also designate two honorable mentions, which will be publicly recognized by NJCH. An award ceremony for the Katz Prize winner and honorable mentions will take place in October 2023. 


All nominations for the inaugural Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities must be submitted by  September 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT. 

Your nomination packet should contain the following (explained in greater detail below): 

  1. Katz Prize Nomination Form  
  2. Supporting Materials
    • Cover Sheet
    • Supporting Materials (three)
  3. Recommendation Letters (optional, three maximum)

Completing the Nomination Packet

Click the accordion menus below for detailed information and instructions about how to complete the nomination process. Please be sure to read the nomination instructions carefully. If you have any questions about the process, contact us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a single organization be nominated more than once for different projects?

No. If an organization receives more than one nomination for different projects, NJCH will contact the organization directly and ask them to select the project for which they would like to be considered. 

Are projects housed within universities eligible for the Katz Prize? 

Yes. Please keep in mind that nominated projects from universities will be considered at the level of the department, not the institution. 

Are there page or length limits for the Supporting Materials?

No. We realize that some of your Supporting Materials may be lengthy, particularly if you are submitting a publication or documentary. That said, you should aim for representative rather than exhaustive when you consider how much material to submit. Remember that a well-selected excerpt or clip may be more effective than a longer submission!   

Who is on the prize committee?

The Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities selection committee is made up of individuals with a diverse range of experience and expertise in the arena of the public humanities, including representatives from NJCH’s grantee community, humanities scholars and practitioners, experts in philanthropy and community impact, NJCH staff, and leaders from New Jersey’s cultural and artistic sectors. 

What kinds of projects have been recognized by the Katz Prize in the past?

You may find information about the 2022 Katz Prize winner and honorable mentions here. The projects are:

Winner: "The Ramapough and the Ringwood Mines Superfund Site – History, Culture, Education, and Environmental Justice” (Rutgers University, Department of Landscape Architecture and Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan)

Honorable Mentions: "Asbury Park African-American Music Project Digital Museum" (Asbury Park African-American Music Project) and "Raíces Roots Music Digital Exhibit Series" (Raíces Cultural Center)