Honoring Outstanding Journalism

goldziher prize logoThe Goldziher (gold-zi-air) Prize is an award for excellence in the coverage of Muslim Americans by an individual or team of U.S. journalists.

This prize is named for Ignác Goldziher (1850-1921), a Hungarian Jew who was among the first university scholars in Europe to study and admire the laws, poetry, and practices of Islam.

In 2017, The Goldziher Prize for journalists was created in response to rising fear and hateful actions toward Muslims, and seeks to counter these trends by recognizing and stimulating positive stories about Muslim Americans.

For the 2019 competition, The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College, an independent college in the Catholic Augustinian tradition, and the William and Mary Greve Foundation, are partnering with the Religion News Foundation, the educational and charitable arm of the Religion News Association. 

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Criteria for Entry

  • Stories or opinion pieces in print, video, audio, and photographic essays, created after December 31, 2016.
  • Overall quality of presentation in describing or reporting on Muslim Americans.
  • Preference will be given to journalists who have covered Muslim Americans over time. We encourage submissions that have had an impact on an individual, community, organization, or government agency.
  • Applications will be accepted between Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 6:00 AM Eastern Time, and Monday December 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

2019 Prizes

Three Goldziher Prizes for Professional Journalists:

  • One prize for Written Word: $15,000
  • One prize for Video or Photography: $15,000
  • One prize for Audio: $15,000

One Goldziher Prize for a Journalism Student: $5,000

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Winners by Year




  • Prof. Dr. Josef  “Yousef” Waleed Meri, Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany for Jewish-Muslim Relations.


  • Rabbi Burton Visotzky,  Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, for his courageous and pioneering work in Jewish-Muslim Relations.


  • Professor Mark R. Cohen, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton University, for his scholarship which contributes significantly to understanding, reverence and common moral purpose between Jews and Muslims.