Saturday, November 13, 2010

OAH and LSA awards - deadlines approaching

Every year the Organization of American Historians sponsors or co-sponsors a substantial number of prizes, awards, fellowships and grants. Deadlines for some of the big ones (the Lerner-Scott dissertation prize, the Frederick Jackson Turner Award) have already passed, but others have a December 1 deadline. These will be of particular interest to graduate students
  • The Huggins-Quarles Award, given to "one or two graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the Ph.D. dissertation."
  • The Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, for the best essay submitted by a graduate degree candidate. "Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the Journal of American History."
The Law & Society Association also offers a series of prizes and awards every year, and some of the deadlines are fast approaching. Ones that may be of interest include --
  • The J. Willard Hurst prize, given annually "for the best work (in English) in sociolegal history published in the previous year." The LSA defines the field of sociolegal history "to include the history of interrelationships between law and social, economic, and political change; the history of functions and impact of legal agencies, legislative and administrative as well as judicial; the social history of the legal profession; and similar topics." Nominations are due December 15, 2010.
  • The John Hope Franklin Prize, established in 2010 "to recognize exceptional scholarship in the field of Race, Racism and the Law." Articles published in the two calendar years prior to the award year are eligible. Nominations are due February 1, 2011.
  • The Dissertation Prize, awarded "to the dissertation that best represents outstanding law and society scholarship." Nominations are due December 15, 2010.
There are several others, so consult the full list if you have something in mind.