Eligibility and Selection Criteria

1. The Prize is awarded every five to eight years. Each of the two awards is awarded to a person (or a group of collaborating persons) for their outstanding academic work or outstanding translation work. For the purpose of the Paul Hsu Prize for outstanding original work, both monographs and essay collections can be accepted for consideration. 

2. Eligibility: Academic works from any related disciplines of Christian studies, not limited to any particular or specific denomination and tradition. Sermons, devotionals and non-academic Bible study guides are not considered. Research works from subdivisions of Christian theology, such as systematic theology, biblical studies, church history, history of doctrines, spirituality, even Jewish philosophy, academic studies of Christianity from the perspectives of social sciences and the humanities, such as philosophy, religious studies, ethics, history, literature, aesthetics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and academic works on comparative religion, crosscultural and interreligious dialogue, etc., are thus eligible.

3. Academic Achievements and Social Relevance: The primary selection criterion is the academic achievements of any work under consideration. In addition to this, the social, cultural, and intellectual relevance of it, as well as its impacts on other disciplines, are also taken into consideration.

4. Faithfulness, Accuracy and Elegance (for translations): For the purpose of the Karl L. Reichelt Prize for outstanding academic translation, the most basic requirement is that any translation work under consideration should be faithful to the original and offers an accurate understanding of it. In addition to this, the fluency, clarity, and elegance of the translation are also taken into consideration.

5. Time and Geographical Region: Any original work and translation work eligible for the Prize must be published for the first time in Mainland China during the specified time period. For the Seventh Tao Fong Literary Prize, the time period is between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2019. 

6. Any original work and translation work by the employees and in-house academic staff of the ISCS are not eligible for the Prize.