The Edward Allworth Lifetime Service to the Profession Award recognizes extraordinary lifetime achievement in the field of Central Eurasian Studies, and is accompanied by a $1,000 monetary prize. The award is granted every year beginning in 2018, having previously been awarded once every two years. It is awarded during the CESS Annual Conference.
CESS is currently seeking nominations for the Edward Allworth Lifetime Service to the Profession Award.
A member of CESS must make the award on behalf of the nominee. Recipients of the award do not need to be members of CESS to be nominated. The award is limited to living awardees.
The nomination should include:
- a letter detailing the rationale behind the individual’s candidacy
- a list of names the Award Committee can contact to solicit further support for the nominated candidate (a minimum of five names is required)
The recipient will receive a prize amount of $1000
Nominations for the Edward Allworth Lifetime Service to the Profession Award may be nominated for more than one competition cycle.
Deadline: September 22, 2023
- Alexander Cooley, Vice Provost and Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University
- Aksana Ismailbekova, Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
- David Montgomery, Research Professor, University of Maryland
Edward Allworth was the first recipient of the CESS Lifetime Service to the Field, awarded posthumously in 2016. Edward Allworth, a distinguished pioneer in Central Asian Studies, was founding director of both the Program on Soviet Nationality Problems (1970) and the Center for Central Asian Studies (1984) at the Harriman Institute. Beyond an impressive body of research and scholarly accomplishments, Professor Allworth was widely known for his infectious enthusiasm for Central Asian studies and his dedication to students. An obituary of Professor Allworth by the Harriman Institute can be found here.
Most recent awardee
2019: Anatoly Khazanov
- Recipients of the award need not be members of CESS to be nominated, but must become members by the nomination deadline to be considered eligible;
- Nominees for the Edward Allworth Lifetime Service to the Profession Award may be nominated for more than one competition cycle;
- The Edward Allworth Lifetime Service to the Profession Award is limited to living awardees, but may be awarded posthumously if the awardee passes away before the award is presented.