The Society's Regional Scholars Award recognizes and promotes outstanding entry-level scholars the field of biblical studies as identified by the Society's eleven Regions. The objectives of the program are to:

●       Encourage professional development;

●       Lend practical assistance;

●       Establish ties between new and established scholars.

Each region may put forward one Regional Scholar nominee to the SBL national competition in any particular year (assessed by regional officers). The Upper Midwest Region honors its nominee with a modest stipend ($100) and recognition on its website.

If the region’s nominee is chosen to receive a Regional Scholar Award (up to 6 may be awarded nationally), he/she will be recognized on the Society's website (, in the Annual Meeting Program Book, and at an award recognition event at the Annual Meeting. An award of $1000 is given to each recipient to support attendance at the Annual Meeting. In addition, Regional Scholars are encouraged to submit a paper proposal to the Annual Meeting in the year following their selection. Under the auspices of the program, a mentor may be chosen to provide advice concerning the preparation of a paper for the national meeting and/or publication.

Application Process:

Each Region of the Society may select one candidate for the award based upon the following qualifications, requirements, criteria, and process. If no applicants satisfy the Region's expectations, the Region is not obligated to select a candidate.


To qualify for the Regional Scholar award, an applicant must be at least ABD and no more than four years past receipt of the Ph.D.


  1. Submit proposal for paper through regular regional meeting channels. See the regional website for more information:
  2. If proposal is accepted, submit the following materials to the Upper Midwest Regional, Dr. Elaine James, ( by March 1.

●       Full copy of paper to be read;

●       Complete CV; and

●       Copies of any audio-visual materials.

Criteria for Evaluation:

* Demonstrated knowledge of and critical use of scholarly resources and publications related to the topic of the paper

* Use and knowledge of the primary sources related to the topic of the paper

* Clarity of written expression and use of scholarly practices of annotation

* Originality of ideas and solutions developed in the paper

* Presentation of paper: Clear and engaging delivery; a style appropriate to oral presentation (not simply a reading of a written document); creative use of presentation materials


Applicants will be notified by May 1 of their nomination status. The Regional Scholars selection committee will notify regional nominees of their status for the national award by Aug 31.