Awards & Grants
Through our numerous awards, grants, and fellowship programs, the Association recognizes and supports a wide variety of notable historical work. We offer annual prizes honoring exceptional books, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, public history, and other historical projects. Over the years, our grants and fellowships have supported the research of hundreds of historians on a range of topics and fields. The work produced by winners of AHA awards, grants, and fellowships is among the best of the historical profession.
Each year, the American Historical Association awards several research grants and fellowships with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas.
The deadlines for awards and grants have passed for this year. Thank you for all the worthy submissions! Committees are now reviewing the entries. Follow our blog at AHA Today for prize winner announcements.
Jerry Bentley Book Prize in World History
Thanks to the generous contributions of nearly 300 donors, the American Historical Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the Jerry Bentley Book Prize in World History, which honors Professor Bentley's tireless efforts to promote the field of world history and his signal contributions to it. The prize will be awarded to the best book in each calendar year in the field of world history. Any book published in English dealing with global or world-scale history, with connections or comparisons across continents, in any period will be eligible. The inaugural prize will be awarded at the AHA's annual meeting in New York in January 2015.
2014 NASA Fellowship
Brian M. Jirout, One Space Age Development for the World: The American Landsat Civil Remote Sensing Program in Use, 1964–2014
Jirout is researching the political and international history of NASA’s Landsat Earth observation satellite program during and after the Cold War. His study traces the evolution of the program from an experimental project into a commercial venture, which became suspended in political debate between the national security establishment and the scientific community. He situates Landsat internationally as an instrument of foreign relations that fostered the use of remote sensing technology abroad through data packages, expertise, and ground stations. Jirout suggests the Landsat program is a useful case study for understanding science and technology policy change since the 1960s.