Prize Funds

Recognizing Excellence in U.S. History

The OAH proudly sponsors a variety of prestigious awards, prizes, fellowships, and grants that recognize exceptional scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history. Click below to learn more about how you can make a donation and support these important initiatives. Your generous contribution will directly contribute to recognizing excellence in American history and fostering future achievements.

Du Bois-Franklin Award

The OAH is pleased to announce that the Civil War and Reconstruction book award will be renamed the Du Bois-Franklin Award, paying tribute to the legacies of W.E.B. Du Bois and John Hope Franklin, two influential figures who made significant contributions to this scholarship.

By supporting the Du Bois-Franklin Book Award Fund, you directly contribute to the advancement of research and knowledge in this important area of historical study. Your donation helps us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000 to officially rename the prize and to continue to annually recognize and honor exceptional authors whose work sheds new light on the complexities of the Civil War era and its aftermath.

Join us in celebrating excellence in Civil War and Reconstruction history by donating today. To make a donation, pledge, or planned gift to support the Du Bois-Franklin Award, please contact Paul J. Zwirecki at or (812) 855-8726.

Together, we can honor the rich legacy of these esteemed scholars and promote the highest standards of scholarship in Civil War and Reconstruction history.