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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 conferred in a ceremony in the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building, attended by leaders from politics, academia, and cultural institutions, to exemplify America's commitment to the broad areas of inquiry recognized by the award. The Prize winner will give an address, may remain in residence at the Library of Congress for a short time thereafter, and will be expected to have some informal interaction with members of the United States Congress.

Endowed by Library benefactor John W. Kluge, the Kluge Prize rewards achievement in the wide range of disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. Such disciplines include but are not limited to history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion, criticism in the arts and humanities, and linguistics. The prize is international; the recipient may be of any nationality.

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