What are the Spanish Orders?


The Spanish Orders of Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara and Montesa, living history since the XII century, were founded by the chivalrous and religious drive brought about by the Crusades. Their aim was to defend Christian Faith and their purpose was to recuperate those lands that had been occupied by Islam and to liberate those Christians who lived there.

Today, the aims of the Spanish Orders are basically the same as when founded: Social benefit and culture, the defence of the faith, personal sanctification and divine worship.

There are two hundred and fifty members who maintain the spirit and live of the Orders under the authority of their Grand Master, King Phillip VI, and the Royal Counsel of the Orders, presided over by HRH Pedro de Borbón Dos Sicilias, Duke of Calabria.

Why have the Orders created this award, and what is their relationship with the Lux Hispaniarum Foundation?


Since their founding in the XII Century, Spanish Orders have borne a very important influence on many stages of Spanish history. As one of their aims is the spreading of culture, The Orders have emphasized the development of historical investigation with relation to Hispanic matters and its influence on the world. It is our wish that the “Premio Ordenes Españolas” Award becomes the recognized award to Historic Science at the international level.

An important part of the cultural and social activities of the Spanish Orders is carried out through their foundation, The Lux Hispaniarum Foundation who shall also manage the “Premio Ordenes Españolas” Award.

May a historian put himself forward as a candidate?


No, Candidates may be proposed by those awarded in previous editions of the Award those universities that maintain a history department, academies and institutions which under different names, fulfil the same role, representatives of the sponsoring institutions and the president of Patrimonio Nacional. It is important to point out that no candidacies shall be accepted posthumously.

When is the closing date to forward candidatures, the decision of the Jury and the giving of the Award?


At the latest, on 20th February 2019 candidatures, together with all of their support documents, must be received by the foundation. The decision by the Jury shall be taken by the 11th April at the latest, and the giving of the Award will be made during the month of May, 2019. The Jury may demand more information than that at first given over. It is therefore advisable to send the candidatures with enough time before the closing date.

Are the names of the candidates and the deliberations of the Jury made public?


No. The names of the candidates shall not be made public and the deliberations of the Jury shall be secret.

May there be two winners of the same Award?


No. Awards shall not be shared.

Along with each candidature, which information must be forwarded? May the Jury require more information?


The documents to be forwarded are defined in the Bases section of the Award in this web page. The Jury may ask for further information, so it is advisable to send the candidatures with enough time before the closing date.

Is it necessary to send copies of published books?


No. We only require a list of the nominee’s publication.

Does the nominee proposed by the University needs to be a professor of that University?


No. The Award only accepts nominations from Universities having a History Department or those Academies and institutions who fulfil the same task. But it is the University who decides who will be a good candidate to this Award and this could be retired, working on a different University or country.

Will candidatures be kept for following editions of the Award?


Only if the candidate so wishes.

Where and how to solve doubts?


Preferably by sending an email to  to the attention of Ana Gaytán de Ayala or, alternatively to Alvaro Mariátegui, secretary of “Premio Ordenes Españolas” Award. By dialing the following telephone number of Madrid +34915420445. Timetable Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 14 hours Spanish time.

Who is the Award address to?


The aim of the Award is to distinguish the history investigator, from any country in the world, whose life trajectory dedication to the History study has achieved general recognition due to the importance of the study matter that he/she has pursued, the rigor displayed documenting his/her work, and whose work or any part thereof bears a relationship with the Hispanic world and its projection.