The Schwartz Prize

Recognizing outstanding work in the humanities

About the Schwartz Prize

Every year, the Federation of State Humanities Councils awards the Schwartz Prize to up to three councils for outstanding work in the public humanities. The prize is funded through an endowment from founding Federation board member Martin Schwartz and his wife Helen.

About the Judges

The Schwartz Prize judges are selected from the previous year’s winners and typically include a board member, an executive director, and a council staff member.

In 2016, the Schwartz Prizes went to Michigan Humanities Council for Heritage Grants – Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People.

The 2016 Nominations

View the 2016 nomination statements below or check out this video filmed at the 2016 National Humanities Conference interviewing the Schwartz Prize nominees. Video was produced by The National Endowment for the Humanities.

2016 Schwartz Prize Winner

Call for Nominations

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Submission Deadline is August 23, 2017

The Federation of State Humanities Councils has released its call for 2017 Schwartz Prize nominations. Winner(s) will be announced at the 2017 National Humanities Conference in Boston, MA.   View the Announcement

Congratulations to Michigan Humanities Council

The 2016 Schwartz Prize was awarded at the 2016 Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

View the Announcement

View the 2016 Schwartz Prize Nominees:


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Martin and Helen Schwartz
Founders of the Schwartz Prize Endowment