Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History

The Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History is sponsored jointly by the AHA and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University. It was developed by friends and colleagues of Roy Rosenzweig (1950–2007), the Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of History and New Media at George Mason University, to honor his life and work as a pioneer in the field of digital history.

This prize is awarded annually to honor and support work on an innovative and freely available new media project, and in particular for work that reflects thoughtful, critical, and rigorous engagement with technology and the practice of history.


The prize will be conferred on a project that has been launched in the last two years and is publicly available. The prize recipient(s) will be expected to apply awarded funds toward the advancement of the project goals. Projects may be renominated, as long as a description is included about any updates since the original nomination.

To Apply

Submit to a one- to two-page narrative that includes:

  1. A method of access to the project (e.g., website address, software download)
  2. The institutions and individuals involved with the project
  3. The project’s goals, functionality, intended audience, and significance
  4. A budget statement that details any existing funding and how those funds were used, and a short description of how the prize funds will be used to supplement the goals of the project


The deadline for submission of entries is May 15, 2016. Recipients will be announced at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.

More Information

Questions about the prize and application process should be directed to the AHA Prize Administrator.


If you are interested in donating to the Rosenzweig Prize fund, which is administered through George Mason University, send your tax deductible contributions to GMU Foundation, Inc., 4400 University Dr., MS 1A3, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Checks should be made payable to the GMU Foundation, Inc. and indicate that the gift is for the AHA/RRCHNM Rosenzweig Prize. Gifts may also be made online at, but funds must be specified for the AHA/RRCHNM Rosenzweig Prize in the comments section.