Sunday, June 6, 2021

The American Name Society Emerging Scholar Award


In 2007, the American Name Society established the ANS Emerging Scholar Award (ANSESA) which recognizes the outstanding scholarship of a names researcher in the early stages of their academic or professional career. This special distinction is given to a young scholar whose work is judged by a panel of onomastic researchers to be of superior academic quality. This year’s selection committee is made up of Drs. Jan Tent (the ESA Committee Chair), Luisa Caiazzo, Dorothy Dodge Robbins, and Maggie Scott. 

To be eligible for the ANSESA award, applicants must be an entry-level professional, an untenured academic, or a student, and have their singleauthored abstract accepted for presentation at the ANS annual conference. They must also be a member of the ANS. Winners of the ANSESA will not only receive a cash prize, but will also be mentored by a senior onomastics scholar who will assist the awardee in preparing his/her paper for submission and possible publication in the ANS journal, Names: A Journal of Onomastics. The paper will also be designated as the prize-winning student paper in the ANS annual meeting program. 

How to Apply 

To be considered for this award, applicants must submit the full text of their paper by midnight (E.S.T.) the 15th of October 2021 to both ANS President Laurel Sutton ( and this year’s ESA Chair, Dr. Jan Tent (

Submissions must be sent as an email attachment in either a .doc or .docx format. For ease of processing, please be sure to include the keyword “ESA2021” in the subject line of your email. 

Papers previously published are not eligible for consideration. However, papers based on unpublished theses or dissertations are eligible. The Emerging Scholar Award Selection Committee will judge all submissions for their methodological soundness, innovation, and potential contribution to the field of onomastic research. Past recipients of the Emerging Scholar award are eligible to re-apply for this award for an entirely new piece of scholarship. However, preference will be given to applicants who have not yet received the award. In addition, the Selection Committee reserves the right to refrain from giving this award in those years when no submission is deemed to have met the above-mentioned requirements.

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2021 

ANSESA: Submission Guidelines All submissions should be prepared according to the guidelines provided at ( Authors are asked to use the formatting rules listed in the official style sheet of Names, the journal of the American Name Society. This information is available at the journal website: ( 

Submissions will not only be judged upon the quality of the writing and the scientific merit of the study presented, but also on their adherence to these formatting regulations.

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