The Moseley Prize

The Moseley Prizes, which were established by Thomas Moseley of Hyde Park in 1872, are awarded annually. Prizes will be awarded for substantial essays, term papers, or honors theses that take a scholarly approach to the study of religion. The approach may be historical, literary, philosophical or scientific, but the focus of the submission must be on a subject matter that falls within the purview of the field of Religious Studies (or a pattern of religious thought, sensibility, or conduct). Although the prizes are most often awarded to honors theses, relevant term papers and substantial essays written specifically for this competition will also be considered. 

Interested students are invited to consult Professor T. Jaffer, Chair of the Moseley Committee and Religion Department, for further information regarding this competition. Please submit one copy of your entry no later than noon on Monday, April 15, 2019 to the Religion Department Office in 108B Chapin Hall.  Deadline extended to Thursday, April 18, 2019.

The recipient(s) of the Moseley Prize for the year 2019 will be announced at Senior Assembly in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College.

Winners of the Moseley Prize 2018

First Prize

Michael Bessey:  "From Poetry to Politics:  The Shahnameh and Conversion to Iranian Nationalism"

Mohamed Ramy:  "The Eternal Soul:  a Perfection"

Zoe Wong:  "The Evangelical Environmental Debate:  Foundations of Opposition and Movements for Change"