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Program The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

About the Prize

The Prize

Established with an endowment provided by the late John W. Kluge, the Kluge Prize recognizes and celebrates work of the highest quality and greatest impact that advances understanding of the human experience.

The Prize is awarded on a semi-regular basis, usually every two years. The Prize is international; the recipient may be of any nationality, and write and work in any language. The Prize is ordinarily a $1 million award.


The Kluge Prize is awarded at a formal ceremony hosted by the Librarian of Congress in the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. A gala dinner follows.

A public announcement of the recipient(s) is made two to three months prior to the ceremony.

For media inquiries, please contact the Kluge Center.


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