Raymond J. Cunningham Prize

The 2020 submission deadline has passed. Awardees will be announced this fall.

The American Historical Association offers the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize annually for the best article published in a journal written by an undergraduate student. The prize was established in memory of Raymond J. Cunningham, who was an associate professor of history at Fordham University. He was an authority on American historian Herbert Baxter Adams. See the list of past recipients.


The prize selection committee has typically given preference to articles that incorporate primary sources. The article must be published in a journal between May 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021.

Submission Details

Nominations should include:

  1. A letter of support (no more than 2 pages). Be sure to include the name of the undergraduate author of the article, the publishing journal, and the faculty advisor.
  2. A copy of the article

Please note: Only ONE article from a specific journal may be nominated each year.

Nominations must be submitted by May 15, 2021, to be eligible for the 2021 competition. Mailed, emailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2021 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2022 AHA annual meeting in New Orleans.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.