Caldwell Award

Caldwell Award

The John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council's highest honor, has been presented annually since its inauguration in 1990. Named for its first recipient, the late Dr. John Tyler Caldwell, from 1959-1975 the chancellor of North Carolina State University and a founding member of the North Carolina Humanities Council, the award pays tribute to individuals whose life and work illuminate one or more of the multiple dimensions of human life where the humanities come into play: civic, personal, intellectual, and moral.

The 2019 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities Call for Nominations

Submission Deadline: January 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm

To submit, email submissions to Executive Director Paula Watkins at with the subject line: “2019 Caldwell Nomination”


The North Carolina Humanities Council seeks to recognize and honor distinguished individuals who, by their achievements and contributions, strengthen the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolina through the humanities.

Nominees should be persons profoundly committed to the humanities who can raise the fundamental questions of meaning in accessible and imaginative ways. Examples include those who:

  • Demonstrate significant scholarly achievement that leads to greater public understanding and appreciation for the humanities
  • Work closely with community organizations to facilitate conversations about matters of concern to all citizens
  • Instill a passion for learning through their teaching of the humanities
  • Use the perspective of the humanities in shaping public policy


The 2019 John Tyler Caldwell Award recipient will be chosen by the North Carolina Humanities Council’s nomination committee in February, 2019. The recipient will be notified no later than March, 2019.

Please include the following in the nomination:

  1. Nominee’s name
  2. Name of person making the nomination
  3. Brief description of nominee’s contributions and achievements and the most compelling reasons why the person should receive the Caldwell award (no more than 1 1/2 pages)
  4. Two other pieces of support materials, such as letters of reference or print materials related to the nomination

Submission Deadline: January 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm