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The AABS Undergraduate Paper in Baltic Studies Award of $250 recognizes academic papers on Baltic Studies based on originality, scholarship, excellence in writing and quality of engagement with the subject area.

March 1, 2020


  • Papers may be on any topic within the field of Baltic Studies (e.g. history, political science, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, religious studies, etc.);
  • Papers must be written in English;
  • Papers must be at least 1500 words in length;
  • Papers must be written as a class assignment in 2018 or 2019. Papers written prior to 2018 are not eligible.

Nomination process:
Faculty members at the college and university level are invited to nominate an undergraduate paper. The nomination deadline for the 2018-2019 award has passed.

Award notification:
Two winners will be awarded a prize of $250 each, to be announced at the 2020 Baltic Studies Conference. Honorable mentions will also be recognized.



The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies awards the biennial AABS Book Prize of up to $1,000 to an outstanding English-language scholarly book in Baltic Studies (humanities and social sciences).
The current award period covers books published in 2018 and 2019.
Books with a broadly historical, literary, social, or cultural significance are of particular interest. Narrowly specialized or overly technical books will not be considered.

January 15, 2020

Nomination process:
The nomination deadline for the 2018-2019 award  has passed.

Award notification:
The winner of the 2018–2019 AABS Book Prize will be announced at the 2020 Baltic Studies Conference

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The Vilis Vītols annual award of $500 is presented to the author of the best article in a given year of the Journal of Baltic Studies. The best article is selected by a committee appointed by the AABS board. Priority is given to articles that encompass more than one Baltic country and thus expressly represent Baltic studies. The criteria for evaluating articles are:

  1. A significant scholarly topic or issue or question of public policy.
  2. A thesis, a point, a good question.
  3. Research marshaled to support and explain the theories in question.
  4. The quality of writing regardless of the age or status of the author.
  5. Preference to a junior scholar if the quality of the article so merits.

The winners of the Vilis Vītols Article Prize are announced once in every two years, at the AABS conference. The winners of the 2018 and 2019 Vilis Vītols Article Prize will be announced at the 2020 Baltic Studies Conference.

Honorary Fellows

1990: Donald W. Treadgold, University of Washington

1986: Esko Hakli, University of Helsinki

1984: Algirdas J. Greimas, College de France

1982: Czeslaw Milosz, University of California, Berkeley