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This section announces competitions for awards and prizes within the field of US history. Please submit your announcement using this form.

TREC Short-term Travel Awards at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History

To encourage use of its equity-related collections, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History offers 4 short-term travel awards for researchers to come to the Museum and use the Archives Center's 20,000 feet of archival materials. Each recipient is awarded a lump sum of $1,500 to support 10 days of research in residence.

The TREC (Travel Research in Equity Collections) award is intended for research in NMAH collections related to one or more of the following: disability; gender; LGBTQ and sexuality; and race and ethnicity. Researchers may be at any level or rank, from any institution as well as independent scholars, writers, journalists, artists, or film-makers.

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Posted: June 16, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Awards and Prizes


Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire - Linda F. Dietz Prize

Each year the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire offers the Linda F. Dietz Prize--$500 and publication of the winning article. The prize is awarded to the best submission written in either French or English by a Canadian graduate student. The article must incorporate original research and meet the scholarly standards of the CJH/ACH. There are no chronological or geographical limits on the content; they welcome submissions from all fields of historical study. Submissions are assessed by the editor to evaluate eligibility prior to double-blind peer review.

Deadline: August 15, 2017. For more information, please visit the journal's website.

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Posted: May 31, 2017
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Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence Deadline Approaching

Make a nomination today!

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked/submitted by January 25, 2017. The annual Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History recognizes excellence in historical projects for, by, and with the National Park Service, and is intended to honor projects, parks, or programs that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history.

http://www.oah.org/programs/awards/stanton-horton-award/

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Posted: January 11, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, Awards and Prizes


Vernacular Architecture Forum Buchanan Award

The Vernacular Architecture Forum seeks nominations for the Paul E. Buchanan Award.

The award was instituted by VAF in 1993 to recognize contributions to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and the cultural landscape that do not take the form of books or published work. Hundreds of studies, reports, documentation projects, restoration plans, National Register nominations, exhibits, video/digital media productions and public programs are completed each year without the benefit of distribution or recognition beyond the limited audience for which they were commissioned. Nonetheless, many of these efforts can serve to inform and inspire us all. The award is named for Paul E. Buchanan who served for over thirty years as the Director of Architectural Research at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Buchanan set the standard for architectural fieldwork in America and inspired many VAF members in the rewards of fieldwork. This award honors the valuable work that most of our members and professional associates perform.

Eligibility:
Projects completed in the last two years are eligible for consideration and may include, but are not limited to:

The application deadline for the 2017 Buchanan Award is February 17, 2017.

For more information, please visit http://www.vafweb.org/Buchanan-Award.

Posted: December 1, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program is now accepting applications through December 15, 2016. This opportunity is for tenure-track faculty who are committed not only to research and teaching but also to building a more inclusive scholarly community. Applicants may not be going up for tenure during the award year (2017–18).

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Malkiel Scholars Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. While Malkiel Scholars may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences, preference will be given to those whose work relates to 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including but not limited to African American issues, women's issues, and/or higher education.

Please share this opportunity with colleagues who may be interested in and eligible for the Malkiel Scholars Program. Additional information is available at www.woodrow.org/nwm.

Posted: November 15, 2016
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The AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize

The AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize, given for the first time in 1997, is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history. An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize, and a $200 honorarium is awarded to each honorable mention.

Eligible works should be historical dissertations (either qualitative or quantitative), written in English, which have been completed between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. For the purposes of this award, a "completed" work is defined as one which has not only been submitted and defended but also revised and filed in final form at the applicable doctoral-degree-granting university by December 31, 2016.

To be considered, please submit the following materials in a single e-mail to the address below:

1. A cover letter from the applicant containing complete (home and work) contact information (postal addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses). The letter should express a willingness, should the dissertation be selected for a prize, both to attend the awarding ceremony and to deliver a public presentation based on the dissertation at the 2017 American Journalism Historians Association Annual Convention 12-14 October 2017 in Little Rock, AR.
2. A letter of nomination from the dissertation chair/director or the chair of the university department in which the dissertation was written.
3. A single PDF containing the following (with no identifying information):

  1. A 200-word abstract.
  2. The dissertation table of contents.
  3. A single chapter from the dissertation, preferably not exceeding 50 manuscript pages, not including notes, charts or photographs. The chapter should, if possible, highlight the work's strengths as a piece of primary-sourced original research.

4. In a separate PDF but in the same e-mail, a blind copy of the complete dissertation.

To be considered, all identifying information—including author, school, and dissertation committee members' names—must be deleted from items 3 and 4 above.

Nominations, along with all the supporting materials, should be sent to:

AJHAdissertationprize@gmail.com

Questions should be directed to Dr. Jane Marcellus, chair of the Blanchard Prize Committee, at jane.marcellus@mtsu.edu.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, February 1, 2017.

Posted: November 10, 2016
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2017 John Wesley Powell Prize

The Society for History in the Federal Government invites nominations for the 2017 John Wesley Powell Prize, deadline November 30, 2016. The Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display.

The John Wesley Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2017, the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historic display or exhibit project completed in 2015 or 2016. The award for historic display is given for any form of interpretive historical presentation including, but not limited to, museum exhibits, historical films, CD/DVDs, websites, or multi-media displays. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2017 at the annual meeting of the SHFG. Eligible entrants include any agency or unit of the federal government or non-governmental organizations, including federal contractors, conducting eligible activities on behalf of a unit of the federal government.

For More Information: http://shfg.org/shfg/awards/awards-requirements/

Posted: October 31, 2016
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Tachau Teacher of the Year Award

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 1, 2016

The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her pathbreaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers.

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Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes, News of the Organization


Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program is now accepting applications through December 15, 2016. This opportunity is for tenure-track faculty who are committed not only to research and teaching but also to building a more inclusive scholarly community. Applicants may not be going up for tenure during the award year (2017–18).

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Malkiel Scholars Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. While Malkiel Scholars may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences, preference will be given to those whose work relates to 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including but not limited to African American issues, women's issues, and/or higher education.

Additional information is available at www.woodrow.org/nwm.

To download a one page brochure click here.

Posted: October 25, 2016
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Cummings book prize, Vernacular Architecture Forum

Call for Nominations: 2017 Abbott Lowell Cummings Book Prize
Due December 15, 2016

The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is:
- based on primary research,
- emphasizes fieldwork that takes seriously the materiality of architecture and landscapes, and draws on particular elements of environments as evidence.
- breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and
- contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies in North America

Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published from January 2015 through December 2016 are eligible for consideration. Edited collections of previously published materials are not eligible.

The deadline for the 2017 Cummings Prize is December 15, 2016.

There is no application form, but a cover letter should include a complete mailing address, phone number and email address in order to notify the candidate should the nominated work receive the award.

Books should be sent directly to each of the three committee members for the Cummings Prize. Please contact the committee chair with any questions at cummingsprize (at) vafweb.org.

2017 Cummings Prize committee:

Ryan Smith, chair
Department of History
Virginia Commonwealth University
811 S. Cathedral Place
Richmond, VA 23284-9105

Annmarie Adams
School of Architecture
McGill University
815 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 0C2
*To avoid customs charges for the book recipients, please ensure the shippers pay all duties and taxes. The parcels must arrive Delivered Duty Paid (DDP).

Robert Saint-George
Department of History
University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall, Room 208
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6379

More information is available at: http://www.vafweb.org/Cummings-Prize

Posted: October 11, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Bishir Prize, Vernacular Architecture Forum

Does your work contribute to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes? Have you published a scholarly article on the subject in the last two years? You may be eligible for the Bishir Prize.

The Bishir Prize, named for longtime member and influential scholar Catherine W. Bishir, is awarded annually to the scholarly article from a juried North American publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. They should be based on primary research, break new ground in interpretation or methodology, and contribute to the intellectual vitality of these fields. Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies.
Please note that essays published as chapters in a book are also eligible if the volume is peer-reviewed, published within the time parameters specified, and the research presented in the essay is new. Anthologized collections are not eligible.

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Bishir Prize is December 20, 2016.

To nominate an article please submit the following:

Nomination materials should be submitted to Arijit Sen at bishirprize@vafweb.org

For more information: http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/Bishir-prize

Posted: September 20, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


SHFG Henry Adams and George Pendleton Awards

To encourage excellence in the broad field of the history of the U.S. federal government, each year the Society for History in the Federal Government awards two prizes for books published during the previous calendar year.

The Henry Adams Award recognizes an outstanding book on some aspect of federal government history written by an author who is not employed by the government. The George Pendleton Award recognizes an outstanding history written by a current or former federal government historian or sponsored by a government history office.

The deadline for submission is November 30, 2016. The committee accepts late-year publications if bound page proofs are submitted and a finished copy is submitted subsequently. The awards will be presented at the Society annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2017. More detailed requirements for each award are available at www.shfg.org.

Please send a copy of the entry with a letter briefly stating the books qualifications and merits to each of the Adams/Pendleton Awards Committee members by November 30, 2016.

1. Mark A. Bradley, 3607 North 22nd Street, Arlington, VA 22207
2. Dr. Marilyn Parr, 9605 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901
3. Dr. Richard McCulley, 319 D Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

For More Information: http://www.shfg.org

Posted: September 20, 2016
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Call for Entries: SHFG Thomas Jefferson Prize

The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) seeks entries for its 2017 Thomas Jefferson Prize for documentary histories published in 2015 or 2016. The prize recognizes the editor(s) of a single volume or one or more volumes in a project that contributes significantly to the understanding of the history of the federal government. It will be awarded at the SHFG annual meeting in Spring 2017. See www.shfg.org for a list of past winners and general requirements for all SHFG prizes.

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Posted: September 7, 2016
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Peter K. New Student Research Competition/Award

The Society for Applied Anthropology sponsors an annual research competition for students (graduate and undergraduate) in the social and behavioral sciences.

Three cash prizes will be awarded:

In addition, each of the three winners will receive travel funds ($350) to attend the annual meeting of SfAA (in Santa Fe, NM, in March, 2017). A Baccarat crystal trophy will be presented to the first place winner.

The competition and award honors the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist-anthropologist. The deadline for receipt of submissions is December 31, 2016.

Please go to the SfAA web site (https://www.sfaa.net/about/prizes/student-awards/peter-new/) for additional information on the New Competition and Award.

Posted: September 6, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Transnational American Studies Institute Dissertation Prize

A Dissertation Prize in the amount of € 1000 will be awarded annually for outstanding Ph.D. work in the field of transnational American studies. It is sponsored by the future Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Eligible for submission are dissertations completed at either a German or a foreign university in transnational American Studies and related fields, such as Early American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Life Writing, Ecology, Transnational History, Asian American/Pacific Studies, Material and Media Studies, Religious Studies, International Politics, and Economy.

Unpublished manuscripts of dissertations, defended in the last two years, written in German or English, will be evaluated by an international panel to select the award winner.

The award ceremony takes place annually in November. At this occasion the award recipient will be asked to give a presentation on his/her work.

In order to apply for the Obama Institute Dissertation Prize, please submit:

· a cover letter
· one copy of your dissertation
· abstract of your dissertation (two pages)
· two letters of reference (e.g. the supervisors' dissertation reports)
· your CV

The deadline for submission is July 31, 2016.

Please send your application to the following address:

Institute for Transnational American Studies
Obama Dissertation Prize
Fachbereich 05 Philosophie – Philologie
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU)
Jacob-Welder-Weg 18
55128 Mainz
Germany

For More Information: http://obama-institute.com/opportunities/obama-dissertation-prize/

Posted: April 28, 2016
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New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Authors’ Awards Program

The New Jersey authors' awards were instituted in 1994 to encourage and celebrate books about New Jersey. Awards are considered for works in five, non-fiction categories:

All works nominated should provide a new understanding of New Jersey's history and culture, demonstrate evidence of original research in the application of New Jersey resources and/or reveal new insights into a topic. The work must have appeared in the previous two calendar years: 2014 or 2015. There is no in-state residency requirement for authors/editors/compilers.

All works should utilize appropriate primary resources. Although the principle criterion for an award to a scholarly or reference work is the well-written provision of information, a nominated work will also be judged upon its ability to provide full citations for the text, endnotes, footnotes, photographs, illustrations, maps and charts. A complete bibliography or list of references is also expected. Citations should adhere to standard style manuals, such as the Chicago Manual of Style, Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, the MLA Style Manual, etc.

The authors' awards will also recognize those who edit or compile primary, largely untapped, resources–or a collection of essays or articles–and make them widely available by publication in print or on the web. The published primary resource or edited work should be accompanied by commentary and/or explanatory annotations. They will also be held to the same criteria as scholarly and reference works mentioned above.

Nominations by the author/compiler or other submitters will be accepted from January 12, 2016 through May 30, 2016 by the author/compiler or other submitters. The nomination packet must include an explanatory cover letter (stating for which category the work is nominated) and the nominee's resume. These should be e-mailed to Deborah Mercer at dmercer@njstatelib.org with "NJSAA Author Award" in the subject line. In addition, five copies of the publication proposed for the award must be mailed to the NJ Authors' Awards Committee, c/o Deborah Mercer, New Jersey State Library, P.O. Box 520, 185 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625. Items in electronic format may simply be sent to Deborah Mercer at the e-mail address above. All materials must be received by May 30, 2016.

The full committee reads and reviews all nominations and deliberates over the summer. If more than one work is nominated for a specific category, the committee will choose the one that most closely meets the criteria. If no nominations conform to the criteria, the committee may refrain from giving an award that year.

Winners will be selected and then reported to the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance membership at its fall meeting. All nominees are notified prior to this meeting and announcements are made to various listservs. The awardees receive a certificate of recognition and have the opportunity to discuss their book before a statewide audience at an author panel in conjunction with one of the NJSAA meetings.

Additional information on the award (including past winners) and the Academic Alliance may be found at: http://www.njsaa.org.

Committee members include: Benjamin Beede, Laura Poll, Harriet Sepinwall, Richard Veit and Deborah Mercer, chair.

Posted: April 25, 2016
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Fulbright US Scholar Award: Mary Ball Washington Award in American History

Commencing September 2017 and based at University College Dublin School of History, the successful candidate will conduct a combination of teaching and research, with the teaching component of the grant to be agreed upon with the Head of School. The Scholar will have the opportunity to conduct and present his/her own research, and will be expected to mentor graduate students and contribute to the school's Distinguished Lecture Series.

This Award is for U.S. citizens and open to academics only. Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) plus teaching experience at college/university level and tenure required. A letter of invitation from the host University is required.

Application Deadline: 1 August 2016

For More Information: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=7519&dc=EI

Posted: April 19, 2016
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AHA Awards and Prizes

The American Historical Association recognizes a wide variety of distinguished historical work, which can take the form of an exceptional book in the field, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, and even on film. Nominations are due May 15. The Association particularly seeks nominations for the Awards for Scholarly and Professional Distinction, including K-12 and postsecondary teaching and mentoring, public history, and individuals and institutions who have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to the history profession.

For More Information: http://historians.org/awards-and-grants/awards-and-prizes

Posted: February 11, 2016
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NEH Public Scholar Grant Opportunity

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for the 2016 round of the Public Scholar Program, which is intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers.

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Posted: December 9, 2015
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The SAA Donald Peterson Student Travel Award

The Society of American Archivists Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs. The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Award and application information follow below. The application deadline is February 28, 2016. If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Rachel Howard, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at rachel.howard@louisville.edu.

Purpose and Criteria for Selection
Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA's Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Eligibility
Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant's essay and letters of recommendation.

Sponsor and Funding
The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

Prize
Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

Application Form and Documentation
Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form:
1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.
4. Application form.

Application Deadline
February 28, 2016

Posted: December 3, 2015
Tagged: Awards and Prizes