The 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology will be given to an Anglican minister and to the lay German theology professor who is helping publish the complete works of Joseph Ratzinger-Pope Benedict XVI.
The Rev. Richard Burridge, an Anglican professor of New Testament at King's College London is the first non-Catholic to receive the prize.
The other winner, Christian Schaller, is vice director of the Benedict XVI Institute in Regensburg, Germany, which is publishing critical editions of the pope's writings.
As well, a three-day conference will be held in Rome in October to focus on the retired pope's Jesus of Nazareth books.
The theology prize and conference, along with scholarships, are funded by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Foundation, which the pope established in 2010 using royalties from the sale of his books.