Call for Nominations—The prize for Excellence in Chan Studies

The prize for Excellence in Chan Studies will be awarded to a sole-authored academic book, with a copyright in the past three years (2015, 2016, or 2017), on a topic related to any Chan tradition. The publication can be in any language. Dissertations are not eligible. The recipient will receive $5000 and be invited to UBC to deliver a lecture.

Nominations are now being accepted (including self-nominations). To submit a nomination, send an email to with the title of the work, the author’s name, reason for nomination, and one chapter. For publications in languages other than English and Chinese, a summary in English must be included, along with the names of two additional co-nominators that are familiar with the work.  If the work is selected shortlisted, a full copy of the publication will be requested.

Deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2018. The adjudication committee will be comprised of scholars with broad expertise in the area, who will consider the monograph’s potential for advancing scholarly understanding of new aspects of different traditions of Chan Buddhism.