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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.

American Journalism Historians Association Doctoral Dissertation Prize

The American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) is accepting submissions for its 2014 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize. Given for the first time in 1997, the prize 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 shall include both quantitative and qualitative historical dissertations, written in English, which have been completed between January 1 and December 31, 2013. Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2014. For more information, visit the AJHA online at http://www.ajhaonline.org/.

Posted: December 11, 2013
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Vernacular Architecture Forum invites submissions for Buchanan Award

The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) invites submissions for its Paul E. Buchanan Award. The VAF was organized in 1980 to encourage the study and preservation of all aspects of vernacular architecture and landscapes through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methods. The application deadline is February 15, 2014. Visit the VAF Web site for more information.

Posted: December 9, 2013
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2013 Urban History Association Award for Best Dissertation

The Urban History Association (UHA) will award a prize of $350 for the best dissertation in urban history with a completion date in 2013. To be considered, please submit three (3) copies of the dissertation, each containing information on where and when completed. All materials must be received by April 15, 2014. Criteria for selection for all awards: significance, originality, quality of research, sophistication of methodology, clarity of presentation, cogency of arguments, and contribution to the field of urban history. Membership in the UHA is not required. Read more > 

More information is available at: http://uha.udayton.edu/announce.html

Posted: November 25, 2013
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2013 Urban History Association Arnold Hirsch Award

The UHA will award a prize of $250 for the best article in urban history with a publication date of 2013. To be considered, please submit three (3) copies of the article, each containing a complete publication citation. Criteria for selection for all awards: significance, originality, quality of research, sophistication of methodology, clarity of presentation, cogency of arguments, and contribution to the field of urban history. Membership in the UHA is not required. All materials must be received by April 15, 2014Read more >

More information is available at: http://uha.udayton.edu/announce.html

Posted: November 25, 2013
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2013 Urban History Association Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book

The Urban History Association (UHA) will award a prize of $500 for the best book in North American urban history with a publication date of 2013. To be considered, please submit three (3) copies of the book, each containing a complete publication citation. Criteria for selection for all awards: significance, originality, quality of research, sophistication of methodology, clarity of presentation, cogency of arguments, and contribution to the field of urban history. All materials must be received by April 15, 2014. Read more > 

More information is available at: http://uha.udayton.edu/announce.html

Posted: November 25, 2013
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Call for Nominees: 2014 OAH Tachau Teacher of the Year Award


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. Deadline for submissions is Monday December 2.  Nominate a teacher today! >

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Posted: November 25, 2013
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2013 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prizes

Berkshire Conference of Women HistoriansThe Berkshire Conference of Women Historians invites editors and authors to submit books published in 2013 for consideration for the two Berkshire Conference Book Prizes that deals substantially with the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014Read more >

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Posted: November 3, 2013
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2014 John Wesley Powell Prize

The Society for History in the Federal Government invites nominations for the 2014 John Wesley Powell Prize. The John Wesley Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2014, the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historic preservation project completed in 2012 or 2013. The award for historic preservation is given for achievement in preservation of records, artifacts, buildings, historical sites, and other historical entities. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2014 at the annual meeting of the SHFG. Deadline for submissions is November 29, 2013.

More information is available at: http://shfg.org/shfg/awards/awards-requirements/

Posted: October 22, 2013
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2014 Cummings Prize Nominations

The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF), is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. The VAF was organized in 1980 to encourage the study and preservation of all aspects of vernacular architecture and landscapes through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methods. Deadline for nominations is December 16, 2013. 

More information is available at: http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/awards/cummings.html

Posted: October 21, 2013
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Vernacular Architecture Forum Ambassadors Awards

The Vernacular Architecture Forum Ambassadors Awards provide funding for student groups (undergraduate and graduate) from North American institutions, with a faculty sponsor, to attend VAF's annual conference. We hope through this program to enhance the VAF's recruitment of students, to diversify the membership and interest in the work of the VAF, to provide support to programs that teach vernacular architecture, and to increase the VAF's visibility on campuses. Please send complete proposals to Paula Mohr, ambassadorsaward@vafweb.org, or contact her for further information. Please send all elements of your proposal as a single file named as follows: NameofschoolAmbassador2014. For the 2014 Conference in Galloway Township, New Jersey, the Ambassador Awards application deadline is January 15, 2014.

More information is available at: http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org

Posted: October 21, 2013
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2014 Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Award

The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) and the Abraham Lincoln Institute (ALI) invite nominations, self-nominations, and submissions for the 2014 Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Award, which includes an honorarium of $1,000.  Eligible doctoral dissertations must have been completed in 2011-2013 and must focus primarily on Abraham Lincoln's life, career and/or legacy, preferably offering new interpretations, grounded in new evidence or primary source materials, and/or reevaluating previously accepted conclusions; comparative studies (e.g., leadership studies, biographies) will be considered as long as Abraham Lincoln is the main focus of more than one chapter; studies of individuals traditionally associated with Abraham Lincoln will also be considered. Selection is made by a joint ALA/ALI committee. The winner will be notified in January 2014, with the expectation of accepting in person at the ALA Banquet in February in Springfield, IL, or the ALI Symposium in March in College Park, MD (travel and lodging provided). Submission of dissertations in PDF format by email is preferred. To nominate, submit, or inquire, contact the chair of the selection committee, Prof. Scott A. Sandage, at sandage@andrew.cmu.edu, Department of History BPH240, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2013.

Posted: October 8, 2013
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Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research

The Humboldt Area Foundation welcomes applications for its Palmquist Memorial Fund awards, which are open to individuals researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photography. Application deadline is November 1, 2013.

More information is available at: http://www.hafoundation.org/haf/grants/haf-grants.html

Posted: October 3, 2013
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The Whitehill Prize in Early American History

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts announces the 2013 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History. This prize of $2,500 was established in memory of Walter Muir Whitehill, for many years Editor of Publications for the Colonial Society. The prize is awarded for a distinguished essay on early American history (up to 1825), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. The Society hopes that the prize may be awarded annually. By arrangement with the editors of the New England Quarterly, the Society will have the winning essay published in an appropriate issue of the journal.  Essays are now being accepted for consideration. All manuscripts submitted for the 2013 prize must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2013.  The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2014. For more information vist www.northeastern.edu/neq/prizespecifications.html.

Posted: October 3, 2013
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Public History Awards Call for Nominations

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The purpose of the award program is to promote professionalism and best practices among public historians and to raise awareness about their activities. Awards are presented to recipients during the NCPH Annual Meeting. Guidelines and current and past recipients are listed on the NCPH website.

More information is available at: http://ncph.org/cms/awards/

Posted: September 3, 2013
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Arline Custer Memorial Award

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) invites nominations for the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award for publications produced in DC, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections and recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region (above). Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2013.

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Posted: May 29, 2013
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Immigration and Ethnic History Society Dissertation Award

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society (www.iehs.org) announces its first annual award for an outstanding dissertation in the field of immigration and ethnic history. The IEHS will confer the award at its annual meeting in the spring of 2014. To be considered, dissertations must focus on some aspect of North American immigration and/or ethnicity, be successfully defended between September 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, and be submitted to the award committee by November 15, 2013. All submissions must be accompanied by a letter of support from the dissertation director. One copy of the dissertation—either electronic or hard copy—should be sent to each member of the award committee. The award carries a cash gift of $1,500. Award committee members for 2014 are: John Bodnar, Dept. of History, 1026 E. Kirkwood, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, bodnar@indiana.edu; David Gutierrez, Humanities and Social Science Bldg., Rm. 5016, Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0104, dggutierrez@ucsd.edu; and Suzanne M. Sinke, 401 Bellamy Hall, Dept. of History, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2202, ssinke@fsu.edu.

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Posted: May 13, 2013
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William and Madeline Welder Smith Research Travel Award

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin announces the 2013-2014 William and Madeline Welder Smith Research Travel Award. Five fellowships of up to $1,000 each will be given, and the aid may be used any time from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014. Through the Smith Travel Award, the Briscoe Center for American History will assist masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral students with costs associated with travel to Austin, Texas. The award is intended for students who need to conduct in-depth research in the holdings of the Briscoe Center and who reside outside of the Austin metropolitan area. Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2013.

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Posted: April 23, 2013
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History of Education Society Graduate Student Essay Prize

The History of Education Society (HES) awards a prize of $750 biennially for the best graduate student essay in the history of education, broadly defined to cover a wide range of educational and cultural institutions inside and outside of the United States. This includes work on schools and universities, teachers, students, and families. Nominations by faculty, graduate advisors, department chairs, and deans, as well as self-nominations by students, are welcome. Authors must be students at the time of submission, and essays must be unpublished works. The winning essay will be published in History of Education Quarterly. HES also extends a $250 travel supplement to the Barnard Prize winner for her/his attendance at the annual meeting, and covers the costs of registration and the banquet. The 2013 meeting will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on October 31-November 3. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2013. For more information contact Professor Hilary Moss (award committee chair) at hmoss@amherst.edu.

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Posted: April 23, 2013
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California Historical Society Book Award

The California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday have established the California Historical Society Book Award for a book-length manuscript that makes an important contribution to scholarship and deepens public understanding of some aspect of California history. The prize carries a $5,000 advance and publication in both print and e-book format by CHS/Heyday, with an awards ceremony, ample promotion, and an author tour throughout the state. Authors with manuscripts in progress or finished manuscripts are welcome to apply. The work must adhere to high scholarly standards, and must be lively and engaging to general readers as well. In addition to conventional works of historical scholarship, other genres will be considered such as biographies, collections of letters or essays, photographic or artistic studies, creative nonfiction, or other ways of informing the mind and engaging the imagination in an understanding of California's past. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2013.

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Posted: April 23, 2013
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2013 Paul A. Stellhorn Undergraduate New Jersey History Award

The Paul A. Stellhorn Undergraduate New Jersey History Award recognizes outstanding research and writing by undergraduates about New Jersey's history. Eligible are term or seminar papers or senior theses written by undergraduate students during 2011, 2012, or 2013 that deal with a topic in the history of New Jersey. Papers must be nominated by the professor for whose course the student wrote the paper or who mentored or served on the committee for the student's senior thesis. Award is a framed certificate and a modest cash award. Sponsored by the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance and other organizations, the presentation will be held at the New Jersey Historical Commission's annual conference in November 2013. Deadline for submissions is June 1. For more information contact Richard Waldron acrelius@optonline.net.

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Posted: March 25, 2013
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