Donner Institute

The Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History (or The Donner Institute, Swedish: Donnerska Institutet) is a private institute in Finland maintained by the Åbo Akademi University.[1] The Institute was founded in 1959 with an extensive donation by Uno and Olly Donner.[1] It hosts the largest special library on Comparative Religion in the Nordic countries, supports research in the area of the Institute through grants, and organizes conferences and seminars.[1][2]


In 2010 the Donner Institute established an annual prize for "outstanding research into religion conducted at a Nordic university" to researchers in the field of religious studies for a significant and relatively new published monograph.[2]

The recipients of this award have been:

2010: Ferdinando Sardella of Gothenburg University, Sweden, for Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati: the context and significance of a modern Hindu personalist (2010)

2011: Olle Sundström of Umeå University, for "The Wild Reindeer is Itself the Same as a God": "Gods" and "Spirits" in Soviet Ethnographers' Descriptions of Samoyedic World Views [Swedish: Vildrenen är själv detsamma som en gud": "gudar" och "andar" i sovjetiska etnografers beskrivningar av samojediska världsåskådningar] (2008)

2012: Niklas Foxeus of Stockholm University, Sweden, for : The Buddhist World Emperor's Mission: Millenarian Buddhism in Postcolonial Burma (2011)

2013: Jessica Moberg of Södertörn University, Sweden, for Piety, Intimacy and Mobility. A Case Study of Charismatic Christianity in Present-day Stockholm (2013)


  1. 1 2 3 "Institut". Stiftelsens för Åbo Akademi (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  2. 1 2 "The Donner institute". Abo Akademi University. Retrieved 21 January 2014.

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