The Lerner-Scott Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history. The prize is named for Gerda Lerner and Anne Firor Scott, both pioneers in women’s history and past presidents of the OAH.
A dissertation must be completed during the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 to be eligible for the 2017 Lerner-Scott Prize.
The prize will be presented at the 2017 OAH Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6–9.
Please send an electronic attachment of your complete dissertation to the committee chair listed below in a Microsoft Word document by midnight (PST), October 3, 2016. The committee chair must receive all applications by October 3, 2016.
Each application must also include a letter of support from a faculty member at the degree-granting institution, along with an abstract and table of contents. Please provide e-mail addresses for both the applicant and the adviser, if available.
Please also provide a cover letter describing the contribution of the dissertation to the field of U.S. women’s history and any funding or project or travel grants that supported the completion of the dissertation.
The final decision will be made by the Lerner-Scott Prize Committee by February 2017. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.
Lerner-Scott Prize Committee:
Sonia Hernandez (Committee Chair)
Affiliation: Texas A&M University
Kellie Carter Jackson
Affiliation: Hunter College, CUNY
Crystal R. Sanders
Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University