From the Committee: Kaoutar Ghilani’s project is anchored in an original and powerful piece of scholarship, with a clear contribution to Middle East Studies in its challenge to dominant narratives on postcolonial nation-building, exceptionalism, and legitimacy in North Africa. Its focus on language/Arabisation politics (and its failings) in Morocco is complex, centring local interlocutors as agents of postcolonial political landscapes. The proposal itself was comprehensive, thoughtful and concrete in demonstrating how the prize would contribute to both the field and their career journey. We were particularly impressed by Dr. Ghilani’s commitment to the politics of knowledge production and specifically to thinking about how their work can be accessible to his project interlocutors. This award will enable them to distil their PhD into two distinct book projects: One for an academic press and one for a trade press in Morocco, that will be translated into both Arabic and French. The project contributes to new pathways for changing the landscape in which we do academic research, wherein scholarship on the region is intentionally made accessible to a general audience in the region.