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.
Each nomination should include the following:
- An award nomination form (You will be prompted to complete this form online in step 3 of the application process)
- A one- to two-page narrative (nomination letter) that includes:
- A method of access to the project (e.g., website address, software download)
- The institutions and individuals involved with the project
- The project’s goals, functionality, intended audience, and significance
- A budget statement that details any existing funding and how those funds were used, and a short description of how the prize funds ($4000) will be used to supplement the goals of the project
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. When available, nomination instructions are available by clicking on the box to the left.
Deadline and Notification
Nominations must be submitted through Interfolio by May 15, 2017, to be eligible for the 2017 competition. Mailed, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2017 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
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 give.gmu.edu, but funds must be specified for the AHA/RRCHNM Rosenzweig Prize in the comments section.
2015 Rosenzweig Prize
The First Days Project
South Asian American Digital Archive
The First Days Project is a platform for immigrants to create histories through brief video, audio, or textual accounts about their first day in the United States. The site not only engages communities beyond traditional academic boundaries, it establishes an archive that is ongoing, interactive, and accessible. Its clean, effective design reflects the value of creating a user-friendly website that has multi-faceted uses inside and outside the classroom. The First Days Project resonates with Roy Rosenzweig’s commitment to using digital technology to democratize the past.