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Gorgias Book Grant

Gorgias Book Grant

Welcome to the Gorgias Book Grant Program

The Gorgias Book Grant was first awarded in 2002. It is an important part of our ongoing efforts to support young scholars in the humanities. Every year, Gorgias chooses two graduate students to receive an award of $500 worth of Gorgias titles (each) for demonstrating excellence in their fields.

2022 Grant Field: Any field within the scope of Gorgias Publications
Application Deadline: December 31, 2022


  1. Candidate must be enrolled in a graduate program (Master's or Ph.D.) in an accredited university or an institution of learning in the field of the grant.
  2. Candidate must be a student in good standing.

Application Process

To apply, please email or post the following to Gemma Tully (

  1. A letter indicating your interests in your field and plans for the future.
  2. A two-page description of your thesis, or a one-page description of your course work in the case of course-based programs.
  3. Official transcripts of the previous 2 years of university education. If the institutions you come from do not give out transcripts (or if these documents are difficult to acquire due to COVID-19 complications or your university's system), please contact us to make alternative arrangements.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors familiar with your work (one must be your current supervisor in the field of the grant).

If applying by mail, please send the above items to Gemma Tully, Gorgias Press LLC, Book Grants Program, 954 River Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854.

Please bear in mind that all documents, except for official transcripts, should be in English.

In order to be considered for the grant, please submit all documents by December 31, 2022 (snail-mail documents should be postmarked by the due date). We’ll announce the lucky winners in early 2023.

Previous Winners of the Gorgias Book Grant include:

2021 Julia Schwarzer and Aron Tillema

Julia Schwarzer studied History, Political Science, Law and American Studies before specializing in Ancient History for her M.A. degree at Goethe University Frankfurt. During her studies, she was very involved in the local politics of her home city of Wiesbaden and served as a city councilor for three years, before eventually focusing her energy on the study of Late Antique Christianity. Julia is currently a PhD student at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg and a doctoral assistant on two projects: The Coptic Magical Papyri (Egyptology) and the DFG project Local Self-Governance in the Context of Weak Statehood in Antiquity and the Modern Era (Ancient History). For her dissertation project, Julia is exploring the roles of lay people and their relationship to holiness and the sacred in the Alexandrian Church.
Aron Tillema is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Religious Studies program at University of California, Davis, focusing on Ancient Mediterranean Religions. His interests span the Hebrew Bible and language linked to a variety of theories, approaches, and fields that include semiotics and linguistic anthropology, parody and humor, and gender and sexuality. The first half of Aron's dissertation project focuses on creativity and composition in the book of Jonah, while the second consists of an ethnographic component asking lay communities how they understand the examples scholars often point to as humorous or satirical. After graduation, Aron plans on applying for positions at teaching and research universities in the U.S. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, playing cello, and finding new trails to hike in the Greater Sacramento area.

2020 Kyle Longworth and Peter Tarras

2019 Mara Nicosia and Saquib Hussain

2018 Sophia Pitcher and David Vasquez

(We are working to complete the award history and hope to have the full list in place soon!)

2002 Kevin van Bladel