Affiliate Dissertation Prizes

Dissertation Prizes of the Affiliated Societies

The AHA's Affiliated Societies offer dissertation and graduate student prizes in a wide range of temporal and thematic historic fields. To better serve the graduate students who may benefit from these prizes, we have decided to consolidate many of those prizes onto one easy-to-find page. Each prize has its own application process, deadline, and award timeline so follow the links to learn more about the awards that interest you. Be sure to check out what other awards an affiliate offers as these may include study and travel grants!

Please note that the AHA does not have specific details about or control over these prizes and all questions and applications should be sent directly to the affiliated society. For a list of the AHA's various prizes, visit our Awards and Grants page.

Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants

The Medieval Academy of America offers nine dissertation grants to help students with research costs.

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Allan Nevins Prize

Presented by the Society of American Historians, the prize is awarded annually for the best-written doctoral dissertation on a significant subject in American history. 

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Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Prize

Presented by the American Journalism Historians Association, the prize is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history.

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Cromwell Dissertation Prize

Presented by the American Society for Legal History, the prize is awarded annually to the best dissertation in any topic of American legal history completed in the past year.

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Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History

Presented by the Business History Conference: any dissertation in business history completed in the three calendar years immediately prior to the annual meeting is eligible once for consideration.

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NACBS Dissertation Fellowships

The North American Conference on British Studies awards 3 dissertation fellowships to support dissertation research in the British Isles on any topic of British (including Scottish, Irish and Imperial) history or British Studies.

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IEHS Awards

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society presents two awards. The Pozzetta award to any Ph.D. candidate completing qualifying exams that year and whose thesis focuses on American immigration, emigration, or ethnic history. And an Outstanding Dissertation Award in the same field.

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Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation

Awarded by the Labor and Working Class History Association to the best dissertation in U.S. labor and working class history defended during the previous academic year.

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Walter Rundell Graduate Student Award

Presented by the Western History Association to a doctoral candidate who has completed comprehensive examinations for their dissertation subject on the North American West.

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WHA-Huntington Library Martin Ridge Fellowship

The Western History Association and the Huntington Library select a doctoral student at the dissertation stage or Ph.D (or equivalent degree) holder for a one-month fellowship.

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Adele Dalsimer Prize for Distinguished Dissertation

Presented by the American Conference for Irish Studies to the best dissertation in Irish Studies.

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WHA Graduate Student Prize

The Western History Association awards up to ten students with a funding package to attend the WHA conference.

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The Gwin J. and Ruth Kolb Research Travel Fellowship

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies grants the fellowship to support doctoral candidates with demonstrable need to consult a specific collection to complete a dissertation on an aspect of eighteenth-century studies.

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SAHS Dissertation Prize

The Society for Austrian and Habsburg Studies awards the prize every other year to a dissertation in the humanities, social sciences, or the arts and deal with Central Europe, including the successor states of the Habsburg Empire.

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Nathan Reingold Prize

The History of Science Society awards a prize for the best unpublished essay on the history of science by a graduate student.

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Ben Halpern Award

The Association for Israel Studies presents the award annually to the best doctoral disseration in Israel studies.

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