Western Association of Women Historians

2014 annual award and prize information

Books should be submitted based on publication date rather than copyright date.

The deadline for the 2014 award and prize applications is (postmarked by) January 6, 2014. (Previous versions of the applications list January 5. January 6 is the correct date 1/2/14) The deadline for the Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize is April 3, 2014.

Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize

The Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize is an annual $100 prize that recognizes the outstanding paper presented by a graduate student at the annual WAWH conference. The committee will judge the presented paper, normally 10-12 pages. The presenter must also still submit a copy to the commentator of their panel. All fields of history will be considered, and articles must be submitted with full scholarly apparatus.

The deadline for the 2014 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize is April 3, 2014.

Read about previous Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize Winners >>>

For questions about the Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize, please contact contact the Current Chair.

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Founders' Dissertation Fellowship

The Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship is an annual $1000 award to graduate students who show promise of significant contributions to historical scholarship. Funds from these Awards may be used for purposes directly or indirectly related to the dissertation, such as expenses for research, attendance of scholarly conferences, and the preparation of the dissertation. Applicants to the Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship must be current members of WAWH when they submit their application. Current WAWH board members are not eligible to apply. Applicants for the fellowship may apply for it more than once but may win only once. All recipients shall be graduate students engaged in scholarship that is historical in nature, although the degree may be in related fields, have been advanced to candidacy, and are writing the dissertation at the time of application. They should expect the Ph.D. no earlier than December of the calendar year in which the award is made.

The deadline for 2014 Founders' Dissertation Fellowship applications is January 6, 2014.

Read about previous Founders Dissertation Fellowship Winners >>>

For questions about the Founders Student Fellowship, please contact the current Chair.

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Judith Lee Ridge Prize

The Judith Lee Ridge Prize is an annual $250 prize that recognizes the best article in the field of history published by a WAWH member. Applicants to the Ridge Prize must be current members of the WAWH when they submit their article. Current WAWH board members are not eligible to apply. The article must have been published in one of the two years preceding the prize year. Any articles may only be submitted once. All fields of history will be considered, and articles must be submitted with full scholarly apparatus.

The deadline for 2014 Judith Lee Ridge Prize applications is January 6, 2014.

Read about previous Judith Lee Ridge Award Winners >>>

For questions about the Judith Lee Ridge Prize, please contact contact the current Chair.

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Barbara "Penny" Kanner Prize

The Barbara “Penny” Kanner Award is a $400 annual award given to honor a book, book chapter, article, or electronic media that has been verifiably published or posted in the two years prior to the award year and which illustrates the use of a specific set of primary sources (diaries, letters, interviews etc). A published item can only be submitted once. Books should be submitted based on publication date rather than copyright date.

The deadline for 2014 Kanner Prize applications is January 6, 2014.

Read about previous Kanner Prize Winners >>>

For questions about the Kanner Prize, please contact the Current Chair.

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Gita Chaudhuri Prize

The Gita Chaudhuri Prize is an annual $1000 prize that recognizes the best monograph about the history of women in rural environments, from any era and any place in the world, published by a WAWH member. Books should be submitted based on publication date rather than copyright date.

The book must be a single-authored monograph based on original research. Anthologies and edited works are not eligible. The book must have been published in one of the three years prior to the prize. Books may only be submitted for consideration once. Books cannot be submitted a second time as paperbacks or new editions. All fields of history are eligible. Entries must be in English.

The Committee shall use the following criteria in selecting recipients: originality of conception and analysis, wide research and careful documentation, and clarity of expression.

A rural community is defined by a group of people who:

  • live in a given geographical area with its own natural resources serving as a major bedrock support to produce agricultural crops and food products (grains, meat, fish, poultry, egg honey etc.),
  • may make profits from surplus goods taken to markets, which may include making handicraft works (potteries, needleworks, quilts, paintings on a canvas etc.) as marketable commodities.

The committee is especially interested in projects that include rural women who:

  • create local employment opportunities for others,
  • service others within the community for maintaining daily lives,
  • build a prosperous future for themselves and their children while raising their families, and
  • work in small or large ways for the well-being of the community members while advancing in their own lives

  • 2014 Gita Chaudhuri Prize Application (PDF)

The deadline for 2014 Gita Chaudhuri Prize applications is January 6, 2014.

Read about previous Gita Chaudhuri Prize Winners >>>

For questions about the Gita Chaudhuri Prize, please contact contact the current Chair.

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Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize

The Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize is an annual $400 prize that recognizes the best monograph in the field of history published by a WAWH member. Applicants to the Keller-Sierra Prize must be current members of WAWH when they submit their book. Current WAWH board members are not eligible to apply. The book must be a single-authored monograph based on original research. Anthologies and edited works are not eligible. The book must have been published in the year prior to the prize. Books may only be submitted for consideration once. Books cannot be submitted a second time as paperbacks or new editions. All fields of history are eligible. Books should be submitted based on publication date rather than copyright date.

The deadline for 2014 Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize applications is January 6, 2014.

Read about previous Keller-Sierra Prize Winners >>>

For questions about the Keller-Sierra Prize, please contact contact the Current Chair.

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Books should be submitted based on publication date rather than copyright date.

The deadline for the 2014 award and prize applications is (postmarked by) January 6, 2014. The deadline for the Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize is April 3, 2014.

Each award has a required application.

Applicants who wish to have acknowledgment of receipt of their application materials should send them certified mail with a return receipt.

 

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updated January 2, 2014

 

The Western Association of Women Historians was founded in 1969 to promote the interests of women historians both in academic settings and in the field of history generally.

Drawing scholars from the Western states, the WAWH is the largest of the regional women's historical associations in the U.S.

The WAWH encourages the participation of academic historians and independent scholars, and welcomes literary scholars and art, theater, and film specialists.