Public Outreach Award

Mongolia Focus – 2019 Public Outreach Award winners. Left to right: Bulgan Batdorj, Julian Dierkes, Marissa Smith, Mendee Jargalsaikhan. Not pictured: Byambajav Dalaibuyan, Brandon Miliate.

The CESS Public Outreach Award is presented to an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization in recognition of extraordinary work that makes knowledge of Central Eurasia accessible to a broad audience. The award is accompanied by a $500 monetary prize. The award is granted every two years, beginning in 2015; the next award is open to nominations and will be given in 2023.

The deadline is September 22, 2023.

An interdisciplinary panel of scholars of Central Eurasia—appointed by the CESS Executive Board—will consider the nominations for the Public Outreach Award on grounds of the accessibility and impact of the contribution in service (broadly defined) to the field of Central Eurasian Studies.

The 2023 awards committee members is: 

  • Alexey Ulko, Culture and Art Consultant, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Cholpon Turdalieva, Professor, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Annika Schmeding, Senior Researcher, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • Monographs, edited volumes, audio-visual material, news/blog sites, newsletters, films, documentaries, and similar resources that are extraordinarily useful in educating non-specialists about Central Eurasia are eligible for consideration.
  • Single articles, news stories, blog posts, or travel guides are not eligible.
  • Materials must have been produced, published, or disseminated in the two (2) years preceding the award deadline.

Nominations may be made by the producer of the material or someone who has used the material and found it useful. In all cases, nominations should include a description of how the material constitutes Public Outreach, and, when relevant, copies of the of the nominated material must be received by the published deadline of the competition.

Individuals and organizations need not be members of CESS to be nominated but must become members by the nomination deadline to be considered.

How to apply

The nomination period for the 2019 award has now passed. Nominations may be made electronically or in hard copy. Details about how to apply in the 2021 competition will be added nearer the time.

Most recent Public Outreach Award

2019 Winner: Mongolia Focus Blog

2019 Honorable Mentions: Marina Abrams for the project Introducing Central Asia through Children’s Literature and Rahimjon Abdugafurov for the documentary film Bukharan Jews: Memories of a Disappearing Past.

view past Public Outreach Award winners