AHA Grants and Fellowships

AHA Research Grants

Each year, the American Historical Association awards several research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas. All grants are awarded in June and may be used anytime in the subsequent 15 months for expenses related to furthering research in progress.  Grants may be used for travel to a library or archive; microfilming, photography, or photocopying; borrowing or access fees; and similar research expenses—a list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive (other expenses, such as child care, can be included). The deadline for research grant applications is February 15.

Eligibility: Only AHA members are eligible to apply for AHA research grants. Preference will be given to advanced doctoral students, nontenured faculty, and unaffiliated scholars and to those with specific research needs such as the completion of a project or discrete segment thereof. Please note: Within a five-year period, no individual is eligible to receive more than a combined total of $1,500 from all AHA research grants.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.

Albert J. Beveridge Grant
The Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the Western Hemisphere supports research in the history of the United States, Canada, and Latin America; individual grants do not exceed $1,000.  See the list of past recipients.

Michael Kraus Research Grant
The Michael Kraus Research Grant in colonial American history, with particular reference to the intercultural aspects of American and European relations, offers cash awards of up to $800. See the list of past recipients.

Littleton-Griswold Grant
The Littleton-Griswold Grant offers grants of up to $1,000 for research in US legal history and in the general field of law and society, broadly defined. See the list of past recipients.

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant
The Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant supports research in the history of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Individual grants will not exceed $1,500. See the list of past recipients.


J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship
The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History is sponsored jointly by the AHA and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. It is awarded annually to support significant scholarly research in the collections of the Library of Congress by scholars at an early stage in their careers in history. PhD degree or equivalent required. Applicants must have received this degree within the past seven years. The fellowship has a stipend of $5,000 that will be awarded for two to three months to spend in full-time residence at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. The application deadline is April 1. Winners will be notified in June and can take residency at their discretion any time until August of the following year.

Fellowships in Aerospace History
The Fellowships in Aerospace History, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), annually fund research projects from six to nine months. Proposals of advanced research in history related to all aspects of aerospace, from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, are eligible, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of science, engineering, and management. The fellowships are open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history or a closely related field, or who are enrolled in and have completed all course work for a doctoral degree-granting program. Preference is given to applicants in early stages of their careers. NASA provides funds to the American Historical Association, the History of Science Society (HSS), and the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) to allow each association to award a fellowship. The stipend is $21,250 for each fellowship. Applications will be entered into consideration for all three fellowships. The deadline for application is April 1.

Annual Meeting Grants

The AHA annual meeting is the largest gathering of historians from across the discipline, and it offers many opportunities for graduate students and early career historians to build a professional network, enhance teaching skills, learn about the latest research, and participate in discussions about issues affecting the discipline. The AHA offers the following grants and fellowships to help graduate students and early career historians attend the annual meeting.

Child Care Grants
The Association offers 10 grants of up to $250 to assist AHA members who have child-care costs during the meeting. The grants are intended to help offset the cost of child care, enabling attendees with dependent children to attend the meeting. History graduate students, adjuncts, and historians looking for a job are eligible; priority will go to those who are on the program and/or who are interviewing at the meeting.

AHA Council Annual Meeting Travel Grants
In 2015, the AHA Council established a fund to subsidize graduate student attendance at the AHA annual meeting. Only graduate student members of the Association are eligible to apply. Graduate student applicants in any major or minor field, regardless of participation in the meeting program, will be considered. Grant amounts are recommended annually by the executive director based on the fund balance and range between $200–$400. Applications are accepted each fall.

Jerry Bentley World History Travel Grants
The Jerry Bentley World History Travel Grants are awarded annually to support travel to the AHA annual meeting for graduate students who include world history among their major or minor fields of academic study. Grantees enrolled at a university in the state of Hawaii will receive twice the standard grant amount. Grant amounts are recommended annually by the executive director based on the fund balance and range between $200–$400. Applications are accepted each fall.

Dorothy Rosenberg Phi Beta Kappa Annual Meeting Graduate Fellowships
Established in 2013 at the bequest of Dorothy Rosenberg and in collaboration with the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Dorothy Rosenberg Phi Beta Kappa Annual Meeting Graduate Fellowships are awarded annually to help defray travel expenses incurred by graduate students presenting their research at the annual meeting. The chair and co-chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, who between them read all of the annual meeting session proposals and identify up to three graduate students who have submitted excellent proposals to receive the travel subsidies of up to $400 each. Applications are not accepted. See the list of past recipients.