Lerner-Scott Prize

The deadline for the 2022 prize has passed. Information on the 2023 prize will be available summer 2022.

NEW DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 15, 2021

Two black and white photographs of Gerda Lerner and Anne Firor Scott

The Lerner-Scott Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history. The prize is named for Gerda Lerner and Anne Firor Scott, both pioneers in women’s history and past presidents of the OAH.

A dissertation must be completed during the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 to be eligible for the 2022 Lerner-Scott Prize.

The prize will be presented at the 2022 OAH Conference on American History in Boston, MA, March 31–April 3.

Application Procedures

Please send an electronic attachment (PDF) of your complete dissertation (including abstract and table of contents) to the committee listed below by midnight (PST) on October 15, 2021 with "2022 OAH Lerner-Scott Prize Entry" in the subject line. The committee must receive all applications by October 15, 2021.

Each application must also include a letter of support from a faculty member at the degree-granting institution. Faculty members should e-mail their letters separately to the committee members, with "Recommendation for [applicant's name]" in the subject line. Please provide e-mail addresses for both the applicant and the adviser, if available.

Please also provide a cover letter describing the contribution of the dissertation to the field of U.S. women's history and any funding or project or travel grants that supported the completion of the dissertation.

The final decision will be made by the Lerner-Scott Prize Committee by February 2022. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Conference on American History and awards presentation. By applying for this prize, you are agreeing to OAH’s use of your data however it is needed in the normal course of business if selected as winner or honorable mention. ​Read our privacy policy here.

Lerner-Scott Prize Committee

Crystal N. Feimster, Yale University (Committee Chair)
crystal.feimster@yale.edu

Vanessa M. Holden, University of Kentucky
vanessaholden@uky.edu

Maylei Blackwell, University of California, Los Angeles
maylei@chavez.ucla.edu
 

NEW DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 15, 2021

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