Submissions for 2024 Awards and Prizes Now Being Accepted

Submissions are now being accepted for 2024 awards and prizes sponsored and co-sponsored by the Organization of American Historians. The OAH confers a variety of awards, prizes, fellowships, and travel and research grants annually in recognition of scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history.

September 7, 2023

Submissions are now being accepted for 2024 awards and prizes sponsored and co-sponsored by the Organization of American Historians. The OAH confers a variety of awards, prizes, fellowships, and travel and research grants annually in recognition of scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history. The awards and prizes are presented during the  OAH Conference on American History, which will convene in New Orleans, April 11-14, 2024.

OAH annual awards include book awards and prizes, professional excellence and service awards, awards for current and recent graduate students, international residencies, article and essay awards. Please review the awards and prizes submission policy which contains important information regarding deadline policies and other requirements.

Awards and Submission Deadlines

October 31, 2023

Germany Residency Program in American History
Supporting short-term residences at the University of Tübingen for U.S. scholars. This program is funded through the generous support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

November 1, 2023

John Higham Research Fellowship
Supporting graduate students writing doctoral dissertations for a PhD in American history.

Huggins-Quarles Award
To assist graduate students with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation.

Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grants
Supporting travel-related costs of graduate students who are confirmed as participants on the OAH Conference on American History program.

Louis Pelzer Memorial Award
Recognizing essays written by students pursuing graduate degrees.

Presidents’ Travel Fund for Emerging Historians
Providing travel support for graduate students and recent PhDs presenting at the OAH Conference on American History.

Tachau Teacher of the Year Award
In recognition of the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history.

December 15, 2023

Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History
Recognizing excellence in National Park Service historical efforts that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history.

December 31, 2023

Japanese Association of American Studies Student Travel Grants
Travel support to the OAH Annual Conference for Japanese students studying in the United States. This program is supported by funding from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. (Pending funding)

January 5, 2024

Erik Barnouw Award
Recognizing outstanding programming on television, or in documentary film, concerned with American history, the study of American history, and/or the promotion of American history.

Deadline: October 1, 2023 (CLOSED)

Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award
Recognizing the most original book on the coming of the Civil War, the Civil War years, or the Era of Reconstruction.

Merle Curti Social History Award
Recognizing the best book in American social history.

Merle Curti Intellectual History Award
Recognizing the best book in American intellectual history.

John D’Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award
Recognizing the best PhD dissertation in US LBGTQ history.

Friend of History Award
Recognizing outstanding support for historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH.

Ellis W. Hawley Prize
Recognizing the best book-length historical study of the political economy, politics, or institutions of the United States, in its domestic or international affairs, from the Civil War to the present.

Darlene Clark Hine Award
Best book in African American women’s and gender history.

Japan Residencies Program
Supporting American scholars’ short-term residencies in Japan. This program is supported by funding from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. (Pending funding)

Richard W. Leopold Prize
Recognizing historical scholarship that focuses on America and the world, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography created by a U.S. government historian or federal contract historian.

Lerner-Scott Prize
Recognizing the best PhD dissertation in U.S. women’s history.

Lawrence W. Levine Award
Recognizing the best book in American cultural history.

Liberty Legacy Foundation Award
Recognizing the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginnings of the nation to the present.

David Montgomery Award
Best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history.

Mary Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History
Recognizing the most original book by an academic historian in the field of U.S. women’s and/or gender history.

James A. Rawley Award
Recognizing the best book dealing with the history of race relations in the United States.

Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award
Presented to an individual(s) whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history.

Frederick Jackson Turner Award
Recognizing the author of a first scholarly book dealing with any aspect of American history.