Awards & Grants
Through our numerous awards, grants, and fellowship programs, the Association recognizes and supports a wide variety of notable historical work. We offer annual prizes honoring exceptional books, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, public history, and other historical projects. Over the years, our grants and fellowships have supported the research of hundreds of historians on a range of topics and fields. The work produced by winners of AHA awards, grants, and fellowships is among the best of the historical profession.
Each year, the American Historical Association awards several research grants and fellowships with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas.
- February 15 - AHA Research Grants
- April 1 - Awards for Scholarly Distinction, Roosevelt-Wilson Award, Jameson Fellowship, Fellowship in Aerospace History
- May 15 - Book Prizes, Raymond J. Cunningham Prize, Equity Awards, Herbert Feis Award, Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award, Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History, Eugene Asher Award for postsecondary teaching, Beveridge Family Prize for K-12 teaching, William and Edwyna Gilbert Award, Troyer Steele Anderson Prize
Jerry Bentley Book Prize in World History
Thanks to the generous contributions of nearly 300 donors, the American Historical Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the Jerry Bentley Book Prize in World History, which honors Professor Bentley's tireless efforts to promote the field of world history and his signal contributions to it. The prize will be awarded to the best book in each calendar year in the field of world history. Any book published in English dealing with global or world-scale history, with connections or comparisons across continents, in any period will be eligible. The inaugural prize will be awarded at the AHA's annual meeting in New York in January 2015.
2016 NASA Fellowship
Greg Eghigian, After the Flying Saucers Arrived: A History of the Rise and Fall of the UFO and Alien Contact Phenomenon
This work will represent the first English-language monograph on extraterrestrial contact by an academic historian since 1975. It will also be the first to contextualize the topic as a global phenomenon. Eghigian argues that Cold War–era reports of UFO and alien contact channeled more complex cultural concerns and developments than previously believed, raising new questions about the human relationship with science and technology.