Lerner-Scott Prize

The deadline for the 2021 prize has passed. Information on the 2022 prize will be available summer 2021.

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 1, 2020

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, 2019 through June 30, 2020 to be eligible for the 2021 Lerner-Scott Prize.

The prize will be presented at the 2021 OAH Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, April 15–18.

Application Procedures

Please send an electronic attachment (PDF) of your complete dissertation (including abstract and table of contents) to the committee chair listed below by midnight (PST) on October 1, 2020 with "2021 OAH Lerner-Scott Prize Entry" in the subject line. The committee chair must receive all applications by October 1, 2020.

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 chair, 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 2021. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting 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

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, University of South Carolina, Committee Chair: sklaroff@mailbox.sc.edu

Brandi C. Brimmer, Spelman College

Sara Brooks Sundberg, University of Central Missouri
 

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 1, 2020

List of Past Winners