Raymond J. Cunningham Prize

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, 2019, and April 30, 2020.

Submission Details

Nominations should include:

  1. Award nomination form (you will be prompted to complete this form online in step 3 of the application process)
  2. 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.
  3. A copy of the article

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

The AHA has partnered with Interfolio to manage our nomination process. Submitting a nomination package through Interfolio is FREE for nominators. When submitting a nomination, if you don't already have an account with Interfolio, you will be asked to set up an account and create a password, but you will NOT be charged any fee to create the account.

Nominations must be submitted through Interfolio by May 15, 2020, to be eligible for the 2020 competition. Mailed, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2020 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2021 AHA annual meeting in Seattle.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.