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.
The deadlines for awards and grants have passed for this year. Thank you for all the worthy submissions! Committees are now reviewing the entries. Follow our blog at AHA Today for prize winner announcements.
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.
2013 NASA Fellow
The 2013-14 Fellowship in Aerospace History, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and administered by the AHA, has been awarded to Andrew Jenks, associate professor of history at California State University, Long Beach. Jenks's research examines the political and cultural significance of three collaborative efforts in space exploration during the late Cold War, from both the Soviet and American perspectives: the Apollo-Soyuz mission, the Interkosmos missions between the Soviet Union and its political allies from 1978 to 1988, and the formation of the Association of Space Explorers in 1985. Jenks's transnational study of space cooperation examines the tension between "cosmopolitics," the view of space as an extension of national power politics on Earth, and the experience of universal connectedness that the view from space seemed to foster. Jenks argues that space flight was the beginning of a new and ecologically aware period of human development.