AHA Award Recipients
The Association recognizes a wide variety of distinguished historical work, which can take the form of an exceptional book in the field, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, an even on film. The names, publications, and projects of those who received these awards are a catalogue of the best work produced by the the historical profession.
The Herbert Baxter Adams Prize for European history
The George Louis Beer Prize for European international history since 1895
The Albert J. Beveridge Award for history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada since 1492
The Paul Birdsall Prize for European military and strategic history since 1870
The James Henry Breasted Prize for history prior to 1000 CE
The Albert B. Corey Prize in Canadian-American relations, administered jointly with the Canadian Historical Association
The John H. Dunning Prize for US history
The John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian history since 1800
The Morris D. Forkosch Prize in British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history
The Leo Gershoy Award for 17th- and 18th-century western European history
The Clarence H. Haring Prize for Latin American history by a Latin American author
The J. Franklin Jameson Award for outstanding achievement in the editing of historical sources
The Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in women’s history
The Martin A. Klein Prize in African history
The Waldo G. Leland Prize for a reference tool in history
The Littleton-Griswold Prize in American law and society
The J. Russell Major Prize on the history of France
The Helen & Howard R. Marraro Prize for Italian or Italian-US history
The George L. Mosse Prize for European intellectual and cultural history since the Renaissance
The Premio del Rey for early Spanish history (500–1516 CE)
The James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History for history of the Atlantic worlds before the 20th century
The John F. Richards Prize in South Asian history
The James Harvey Robinson Prize for a history teaching aid
The Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history
The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History, sponsored jointly by the AHA and Library of Congress
The Fellowship in Aerospace History, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Albert J. Beveridge Grants for research in the history of the Western hemisphere
Michael Kraus Research Grants support research in American colonial history
Littleton-Griswold Grants for research in US legal history and in the general field of law and society
Bernadotte Schmitt Grants support research in the history of Europe, Asia, and Africa
The Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award for public service
Equity Awards recognize and publicize individuals and institutions that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the historic profession.
The Troyer Steele Anderson Prize for contributions to the advancement of the purposes of the Association
The Eugene Asher Award for distinguished postsecondary history teaching
The Awards for Scholarly Distinction to senior historians for lifetime achievement
The Beveridge Family Teaching Award for distinguished K-12 history teaching
The Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article by an undergraduate
The Extraordinary Service Award for exceptional contributions to the AHA
The Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history over the past 10 years
The William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best article on teaching history
The Honorary Foreign Membership honors a foreign scholar who is distinguished in his or her field and who has “notably aided the work of American historians.”
The John E. O'Connor Film Prize for outstanding interpretations of history through the medium of film or video.
The Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award for teachers of history who taught, guided, and inspired their students in a way that changed their lives
The Roy Rosenzweig Prize for innovation in digital history
The Alexis de Tocqueville Prize (1979–89) for the best published work in any language on the history of the United States by a foreign scholar. The prize was discontinued due to a lack of submissions.
The First Books Program (1977–83) was designed to provide younger historians with publication outlets in an effort to overcome the high cost of publishing and other pressures on junior faculty members. The program was discontinued because it proved too difficult to administer.
The Gutenberg-e Prize (1999–2004) encouraged the electronic publication of the best history dissertations in select fields
The John E. Fagg Prize (2001–10) for the best publication in the history of Spain and Latin America
James Hazen Hyde Prize (1948) was established to acknowledge the best work on Franco-American relations or on the history of France in the nineteenth century.
Jusserand Medal (1925–37) acknowledged the best work on international intellectual progress, in particular vis-à-vis relations between the United States and Europe.
Justin Winsor Prize (1896–1938) was the first prize established by the American Historical Association, and sought to encourage and acknowledge previously unpublished authors and young scholars without an established reputation in the profession.
Military History Prize/Johnston Prize (1915–20) was created as a one-time award to recognize the best monograph in the field of military history.
Moses Coit Tyler Prize (1957–61) was conferred for the best manuscript in American intellectual history.
Robert Livingston Schuyler Prize (1951–91) recognized the best published work in the field of modern British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history written by a citizen of the United States. The Schuyler Prize was superseded by the Forkosch Prize in 1993.
Watumull Prize (1945–82) recognized the best book on the history of India.
Last Updated: March 25, 2013