Scholarships in American (united States) History

Huntington Fellowships

Award: $12,500, Deadline: November 15

Applicant must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent or be a doctoral candidate at dissertation stage. Selection is based upon the value of the project, the ability of the applicant, and the degree to which special strengths of the library will be utilized. Recipients are expected to be in residence throughout their tenure.

Merle Curti Award

Award: $2,000, Deadline: October 1

Award recognizes books in the field of American social, intellectual, and/or cultural history.

Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere

Award: $1,000, Deadline: February 15

Applicant must be a member of the American Historical Association. Preference will be given to those with specific research needs, such as the completion of a project or completion of a discrete segment thereof. Preference will be given to advanced doctoral students, non-tenured faculty, and unaffiliated scholars.

Fellowship in Early American History and Culture

Award: $1,800, Deadline: March 1

Five copies of a curriculum vitae, a two- to four-page description of the proposed research, and one letter of recommendation required.

Frederick Jackson Turner Award

Award: $1,000, Deadline: October 1

Award is for an author's first book on some significant phase of American history.

James A. Rawley Prize

Award: $1,000, Deadline: October 1

Awarded for book dealing with the history of race relations in the U.S.

Ellis W. Hawley Prize

Award: $500, Deadline: October 1

Awarded for the best book-length historical study or dissertation on the political economy, politics, or institutions of the U.S., concerning its domestic or international affairs from the Civil War to the present.

Ray Allen Billington Prize

Award: $1,000, Deadline: October 1

Awarded for the best book in American frontier history, including the pioneer periods of all geographical areas and comparisons between American frontiers and others.

ABC-CLIO America: History and Life Award

Award: $750, Deadline: December 1

Avery O. Craven Award

Award: $500, Deadline: October 1

Awarded for most original book on the coming of the Civil War, the Civil War years, or the Era of Reconstruction, with the exception of works of purely military history.

Horace Samuel & Marion Galbraith Merrill Travel Grant

Award: $3,000, Deadline: December 1

Applicant must be a member of the OAH who is working toward the completion of a dissertation or first book. Stipend is for travel and lodging expenses.

Erik Barnouw Award

Award: $1,000, Deadline: December 1

Applicant must submit network or cable television film or video (concerned with American history) on an half inch video cassette. Only video programs released January 1 through December 31 are eligible.

Lerner-Scott Prize

Award: $1,000, Deadline: October 1

Applicant must submit letter of support, table of contents, and sample chapter from dissertation on U.S. women's history.

Early American Economy and Society Fellowship

Award: $1,800, Deadline: March 1

Applicant must submit five copies of curriculum vitae, a two- to four-page description of proposed research, and one letter of recommendation. Award is for research in residence.

Richard W. Leopold Prize

Award: $1,500, Deadline: October 1

Prize is given for the best book written by a historian connected with federal, state, or municipal government, in the areas of foreign policy, military affairs broadly construed, the historical activities of the federal government, or biography in one of the above areas.

Louis Pelzer Memorial Award

Award: $500, Deadline: December 1

Applicant must submit essay about any period or topic in the history of the U.S. (not to exceed 7,000 words including endnotes).

La Pietra Dissertation Travel Fellowship

Award: $1,250, Deadline: December 1

Award is for dissertation study dealing with aspects of American history that extend beyond U.S. borders. Selection is based upon project description and two letters of recommendation.

Willi Paul Adams Award

Award: $1,000, Deadline: May 1

Awarded for the best book on American history published in a foreign language.

Michael Kraus Research Grant in History

Award: $775, Deadline: February 15

Applicant must be a member of the American Historical Association. Preference will be given to doctoral students, non-tenured faculty, and unaffiliated scholars and those with specific research needs, such as the completion of a project or completion of a discrete segment thereof.

Huggins-Quarles Award

Award: $2,000, Deadline: December 1

Applicant must be a minority and must submit a dissertation project and budget proposal.

David Thelen Award

Award: $500, Deadline: May 1

Award for the best article on American history published in a foreign language.

Japanese Residencies for U.S. Historians Fellowship

Award: -, Deadline: December 1

Applicants must be current OAH members and will be expected to enter into the life of their host university during the course of their brief visit by offering lectures or other public presentations, participating in symposia where appropriate, and consulting with faculty and students.

Barra Foundation International Fellowship

Award: $2,000, Deadline: March 1

Applicant must submit curriculum vitae, a two- to four-page description of proposed research, and one letter of recommendation. Award is to be used for research in residence. Applicant must be a non-U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.

Early American Economy and Society Advanced Research Fellowship

Award: $40,000, Deadline: March 1

Applicant must submit five copies of curriculum vitae, a two- to four-page description of proposed research, two letters of recommendation, and writing sample.

J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History

Award: $5,000, Deadline: April 1

Applicant must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have received the degree within the past seven years, not having published or have accepted for publication a book-length historical work. Applicant's project must be in American history and be one for which the general and special collections of the Library of Congress offer unique research support; statement substantiating this relationship is required. Fellowship will be awarded for at least two, but no more than three months, to spend in full-time residence at the Library of Congress; working space provided by the Library of Congress. Fellowship will not be awarded to complete a doctoral dissertation.

Early American Economy and Society Dissertation-Level Fellowship

Award: $17,500, Deadline: March 1

Applicant must submit five copies of curriculum vitae, a two- to four-page description of proposed research, two letters of recommendation, and writing sample.

Alice E. Smith Fellowship

Award: $2,000, Deadline: None

Applicant must be a professional or nonprofessional writer, academic, or independent scholars. Cover sheet, resume, and completed book proposal (see link to book proposal form) are required to be submitted. Applications are accepted year round.

Amy Louise Hunter Fellowship

Award: $2,000, Deadline: Varies

Application, supplemental materials, or book manuscript eligible for publication by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Press are required to be submitted. Applicant is encouraged to discuss his or her project with the editorial director prior to submission.

Binkley-Stephenson Award

Award: $500, Deadline: None

Awarded for the best scholarly article published in the Journal of American History during the preceding calendar year (March, June, September, December issues).

Sarah Jackson Award

Award: $500, Deadline: April 1

Applicant must be doing research in the field of Western history. Applicant must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a letter of support, and a description of his or her research project. Preference is given to minority applicants.