The Younger Scholars Prize program, funded by The Ammonius Foundation and administered by the Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Metaphysicsis an annual essay competition open to scholars who are within ten (10) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible, and should direct inquiries to the Editor of OSM (see below).  The award is $8,000, and winning essays will be published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics.


A list of previous winners is available on a separate page.


Submitted essays must report original research in metaphysics.  Essays should generally be between 7,500 and 15,000 words; longer essays may be considered, but authors must seek prior approval by providing the Editor with an abstract and a word count prior to submission.  Since winning essays will appear in Oxford Studies in Metaphysicssubmissions must not be under review elsewhere. To be eligible for next yearís prize, submissions must be received, electronically, by 30 January 2012.  Refereeing will be blind; authors should omit remarks and references that might disclose their identities. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. The winner will be determined by a committee of members of the Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Metaphysicsand will be announced in late February or early March 2012. (The Editorial Board reserves the right to extend the deadline further, if no essay is chosen.) At the authorís request, the Board will simultaneously consider entries in the prize competition as submissions for publication in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, independently of the prize.

Inquiries should be directed to the Editor, Dean Zimmerman, at, or by post through regular mail at:


Professor Dean Zimmerman
OSM Younger Scholars Prize
Philosophy Department
Rutgers University
Davison Hall, Douglass Campus
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ  08901-2882