The Nine Dots Prize Contest

The Kadas Prize Foundation is offering The Nine Dots Prize Contest, in cooperation with Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge (CRASSH).The Nine Dots Prize is an international competition, welcoming entrants from across the globe. The aim of the Prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. The winning entry will receive US$100,000 from the Foundation.

The Kadas Prize Foundation was established to fund research into significant but neglected questions relevant to today’s world. Its main charitable activity is as a prize-awarding body, enabling Prize winners to further their work in the arts, humanities, sciences, and the social sciences to the benefit of the public.


  • All are welcome to submit: the only stipulation is that applicants must be 18 years of age or over. Responses and the resulting book must be in English.
  • Individuals can only submit one application (whether alone or with others). There is no limit to the number of applications from author(s) engaged or employed by an individual institution or employer.
  • Trustees of the Foundation, Board members of the Prize, or the family members of any of the foregoing, are not eligible to submit.

How to Apply:

Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas.

Applications must include three parts:

  • A summary response to the set question, which can be up to 3,000 words in length. Should you win the Prize, you will be required to develop this summary into a short book of between 25,000 and 40,000 words. The summary should cover the main arguments your proposed book will make, the previous research or ideas on which it draws and the key conclusions it will reach.
  • An outline structure of this short book, including provisional chapter headings. This will demonstrate your thinking as to how your response can be worked up into a complete book and how you would develop your arguments, should you be successful. It is an opportunity to prove that there is enough depth to your arguments to provide content for an entire book.
  • A justification of your ability to complete the book in the time given (approx. nine months). This will outline your previous experience in communicating effectively about research and ideas, and a commitment from you that your responsibilities will allow the book to be completed in the nine month period. Where applicable this should include confirmation of support from your institution(s) or employer(s) that sabbatical time has been approved.

Submitting Details:

You can submit your proposal by the given link:

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • The winning entry will receive US$100,000 from the Foundation – payable in three stages: on the award, on manuscript delivery and on the publication of the book.
  • You may be required to enter into a further grant agreement in respect of the payments – and the payments made to you will be subject to compliance with that grant agreement.

Application Deadline:

Application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the submissions process, please contact the Prize at

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