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.
2015 NASA Fellowship
Colleen Anderson, “Two Kinds of Infinity”: East Germany, West Germany, and the Cold War Cosmos
Anderson’s work is a social and technological history of space exploration in the understudied context of a divided German society. Anderson uses a broad range of German-language archival sources to show the ways in which East and West Germans were actively engaged in the space race. Her research examines not only German reactions to the American and Soviet space programs, but also how space exploration was conceived of in the “imagination” of science fiction and fan clubs.