Redhouse Prize



for best Progress in Turkish
Deadline: June 30  every year

The Redhouse Prize for Best Progress in Turkish was established by the Turkish Studies Association (now Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association) in 1991, and four such prizes continue to be available annually, two for each of two regions in North America, designated as East and West.  Although the monetary value is not large ($100), outstanding students deserve the public recognition that being a winner brings.

The procedures are as follows:

Administration:  The two Area Coordinators also act as the two-person Language Awards Committee and will oversee the annual awards in consultation with the AATT Executive Board.

Student Eligibility:  Any student (graduate or undergraduate) who, in the designated academic year, completes a full-year course at any level in Modern Turkish at a university offering such courses in its regular program is eligible for nomination.  However, student eligibility is limited to a “once-in-a-lifetime” award.

Eligible Institutions:  Any institution that offers regularly scheduled Turkish language instruction in the US or Canada.

 Nomination Procedure:   Each institution may select ONE nominee annually, judged at faculty discretion to be the student who made the most progress in Modern Turkish in the designated academic year.  The nominee’s name must be submitted, with supporting material no later than June 30 to the appropriate Area Coordinator who—with whatever consultation is necessary—will make the final choice of two recipients for the area.  The Area Coordinators will inform the Language Awards Committee no later than September 15  of their choice, and the Committee will forward the information to the President of OTSA.

  • AATT will arrange for the recipients to be informed of their selection and to receive their prizes by mail or (preferably) at the OTSA Annual Meeting. 
  • The President of OTSA informs institutions of their students’ awards.

This year’s Language Awards Committee consists of:

  • Melike Yücel, University of Washington,                                                


The Language Awards Committee members will also serve as the Area Coordinators to whom the initial applications are sent:

Institution in the East:

Melike Yücel-Koç,
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington
Denny M 220F
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

Institution in the West:               

Nilay Sevinç,
Middle East Studies, University of Michigan
4111 Thayer Academic Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Nomination Package:  Although no official nomination form has been devised, the faculty nomination package must include the following:           

  • A brief letter explaining why you nominated this student
  • A cover sheet with the students name, institutional affiliation and area of study, name of course instructor[s] and department chair, and student's academic dean 
  • Writing samples and oral samples (video clips, interviews etc.) collected over the year, which demonstrate the student's progress in Turkish