The granting of awards and prizes is one way that the Western Association of Women Historians recognizes and celebrates members' achievements.
Awards and prizes are presented during the Awards Banquet at the annual conference. While we love to celebrate with our prize winners, the inability to attend the banquet does not disqualify applicants.
Applicants must hold membership that is current through the award year (December 31, 2024) when they submit their application. If your membership expires prior to December 31, 2024, please renew prior to applying in order to avoid disqualification.
Current WAWH Executive Board members (officers and committee chairpersons) are not eligible to apply in the award years in which they hold the position.
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Award and prize applications open on November 1.
To APPLY for awards and prizes, log in to your WAWH membership account and click on "read more" in the Awards Application post.
Read about the awards and prizes below and click on the links to learn more about the individual requirements and deadlines.
Judith Lee Ridge Prize (article)
The Judith Lee Ridge Prize recognizes the best article published in the field of history published in one of the two years preceding the prize year.
Barbara “Penny” Kanner Award (primary source based)
The Barbara “Penny” Kanner Award honors a historian whose book, book chapter, article, or verifiably published or posted electronic media illustrates the use of a specific set of primary sources (diaries, letters, interviews etc).
The Gita Chaudhuri Prize recognizes the best single-authored, original research based monograph about women in rural or environmental history, from any era and any place in the world.
The Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize recognizes the best single-authored, original research based monograph in the field of history. Anthologies and edited works are not eligible.
The Peggy Renner Award for Teaching and Curricular Innovation recognizes a historian who has developed a college or university course that engages students in exploring the links between contemporary events and/or issues (“hot topics”) and the past. Courses submitted for consideration must be historical in nature, though they may be offered in an other-than-History department or field.
The Carol Gold Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize recognizes an outstanding paper presented by a graduate student at the annual WAWH conference.
The Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship recognizes graduate students who show promise of significant contributions to historical scholarship. Award funds may be used for purposes directly or indirectly related to the dissertation, such as for expenses related to research, attendance at scholarly conferences, or that incurred in the preparation of the dissertation.
Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Perry Graduate Student Poster Prize recognizes the best poster presented by a graduate student member. All posters accepted for presentation at the annual conference are automatically entered into this contest. Separate applications are not required.