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Huggins-Quarles Award

The deadline for the 2017 award has passed. Information on the 2018 award will be available summer 2017.


Named for Benjamin Quarles and Nathan Huggins, two outstanding historians of the African American past, the Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to one or two graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation. These awards were established to promote greater diversity in the historical profession.

Requirements of Applicants
• applicant must be ABD
• applicant must be ALANA (African American, Latino/a, Asian American, Native American) scholar
• applicant's dissertation must focus on U.S. history
• U.S. residency is not required

Application Procedures

To apply, the student should submit the following items in one PDF document and in the following order:

• cover letter, which should also indicate the candidate's progress on the dissertation, including ABD status

• CV

• abstract: a five-page dissertation proposal (double spaced), which should include a definition of the project, an explanation of the project's significance and contribution to the field, and a description of the most important primary sources

• a one-page itemized budget explaining travel and research plans

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016.

In 2017, the committee will award $1,500 if there is one recipient, or $750 per person if there are two recipients.

Each application must include a letter from the dissertation adviser attesting to the student's status and the ways in which the Huggins-Quarles Award will facilitate the completion of the dissertation project. Advisers should e-mail their letters separately to the committee chair. The committee considers only candidates who are ABD or who will be ABD at the time of the award and whose focus is on U.S. history.

For advice on how to develop a strong proposal, see "Preparing a Successful Grant or Fellowship Application," OAH Newsletter (August 2009), pp. 7, 14: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/cs/groups/pgasite/documents/webpage/pga_052526.pdf

One complete copy of each application (including cover letter, CV, abstract, and budget), clearly labeled "2017 Huggins-Quarles Award Entry," must be e-mailed (PDF) directly to the committee chair listed below. The chair must receive all applications and letters from advisers by midnight (PST) on December 1, 2016. The final decision will be made by the Huggins-Quarles Award Committee by February 2017. The award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6–9. All recipients are expected to attend and present their work at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting.

Send applications to:
Arica L. Coleman (Committee Chair)

Huggins-Quarles Award Committee
Arica L. Coleman, Independent Scholar (Committee Chair)
Lauren Araiza, Denison University
Jerry Gonzalez, University of Texas, San Antonio
Mary Ting Li Lui, Yale University
David Torres-Rouff, University of California, Merced


List of Past Winners