CCWH Awards

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The deadline for receipt of most 2022 applications has been extended to July 1, 2022.

The CCWH offers six awards to help reach its organizational goals. For a full award description, current application form and information about previous award recipients, please click to view the details for a specific award.

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To a scholar whose career has not followed a traditional path through secondary and higher education and whose work has contributed to women in the historical profession.


$20,000

Catherine Prelinger Award 

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Committee email: PrelingerAward@theccwh.org

2022 application deadline:  July 1, 2022 (note extended deadline)

The CCWH Catherine Prelinger Award is a scholarship of $20,000 which will be awarded to a scholar of excellence. This award, named for Catherine Prelinger, a former CCWH president and nontraditional scholar, is intended to enhance the work of a contemporary scholar whose academic path has not followed the traditional path of uninterrupted study, moving from completed secondary, to undergraduate, then graduate degrees, followed by a tenure-track faculty position.

These funds were originally granted to CCWH by an anonymous donor in honor of the many years of work this organization has devoted to exploring women’s history, encouraging opportunities for women in the historical profession, and in educating young women to pursue careers in the historical profession. This award is intended to enhance the ability of the recipient to carry on these CCWH traditions through contributions to women in history, either through scholarly or professional activity.

Eligible applicants must be members of CCWH and must hold either A.B.D. status or the Ph.D. at the time of application. They shall be actively engaged in scholarship that is historical in nature, although the degree may be in related fields. Applicants will show evidence of a nontraditional professional career and describe a project that will further enhance women’s roles in history. They should also demonstrate their contributions to women in the historical profession and/or service on behalf of women. The Prelinger Committee encourages applications from independent and non-academic scholars.



Catherine Prelinger Award 

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To a graduate student completing a dissertation in a history department.

$1,000

CCWH/Berks Graduate Student Fellowship

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Committee email: CCWHBerksAward@theccwh.org

2022 application deadline:  July 1, 2022 (note extended deadline)

The CCWH / Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Graduate Student Fellowship is a $1000 award to a graduate student completing a dissertation in a history department. The award is intended to support either a crucial stage of research or the final year of writing.

The applicant must be a graduate student historian in a history department in a U.S. institution; must have passed to A.B.D. status by the time of application; may specialize in any field of history; may hold this award and others simultaneously; and need not attend the award ceremony to receive the award.

(NOTE – Applicants can only apply for one CCWH sponsored graduate student grant each year.)

CCWH/Berks Graduate Student Fellowship

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To a graduate student working on a historical dissertation that interrogates race and gender, not necessarily in a history department.

$1,000

Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship

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Committee email: WellsAward@theccwh.org

2022 application deadline:  July 1, 2022 (note extended deadline)

The CCWH Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship is an annual award of $1000 given to a graduate student working on a historical dissertation that interrogates race and gender, not necessarily in a history department. The award is intended to support either a crucial stage of research or the final year of writing.

The applicant must be a CCWH member; must be a graduate student in any department of a U.S. institution; must have passed to A.B.D. status by the time of application; may hold this award and others simultaneously; and need not attend the award ceremony to receive the award.

(NOTE – Applicants can only apply for one CCWH sponsored graduate student grant each year.)

Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship

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To the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal in the year prior to the award year.

$500

Carol Gold Article Award

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Committee email: GoldAward@theccwh.org

2022 application deadline:  July 1, 2022 (note extended deadline)

The CCWH has established a new prize to be awarded from 2016. The Carol Gold Article Award is named for longtime member, activist and scholar, Carol Gold whose life and work exemplify the dual mission of the CCWH—to promote women’s history and to support women in the historical profession. Gold has written extensively on early modern European women’s history and has mentored and supported students and peers during her long career.

The Carol Gold Best Article Award is a $500 prize given to the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal in the year prior to the award year (so in 2020 for the 2021 award). Applicants must be current members of the CCWH at the time of application. All members are encouraged to apply.

Carol Gold Article Award

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For the first article published in a referred journal by a CCWH member.

$1,000

Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Prize

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Committee email: ChaudhuriAward@theccwh.org

2022 application deadline:  July 1, 2022 (note extended deadline)

The CCWH Nupur Chaudhuri Article Prize is an annual $1000 prize that recognizes the best first article published in the field of history by a CCWH member.

Named to honor long-time CCWH board member and former executive director and co-president from 1995-1998 Nupur Chaudhuri, the article must be published in a refereed journal in one of the two years proceeding the prize year. An article may only be submitted once. All fields of history will be considered, and articles must be submitted with full scholarly apparatus.


Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Prize

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Annual award for service and mentorship.

$500

Rachel Fuchs Memorial Award for Excellence in Mentorship and Service to Women/LGBTQ in the Profession

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Committee email: FuchsAward@theccwh.org

2022 application deadline:  July 1, 2022 (note extended deadline)

The Coordinating Council for Women in History have decided to honor the memory of Rachel Fuchs with an award that recognizes and applauds service to the profession, including mentoring. The Rachel Ginnis Fuchs Memorial Award of $500 will be given annually to celebrate an individual whose service is most representative of Rachel’s own.

The breadth of Rachel’s service to her chosen profession is truly awe-inspiring. Rachel’s abundant scholarship is widely read and she was and is acknowledged as a leader in her field of French History. Yet Rachel was so much more to her students, her peers, and her colleagues at many different institutions and in numerous organizations. Rachel was deeply committed to women’s rights, women’s history and to supporting women in the historical profession. Rachel worked diligently to serve the historical profession as a mentor, a role model, an activist and as a friend. Rachel served as President of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, as President of the French Historical Society, and as co-president of the Coordinating Council for Women in History, 2013-2016.

Rachel Fuchs Memorial Award

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The CCWH assists funding for the Peggy Pascoe Memorial Fund to support graduate student research at the University of Oregon.


(University of Oregon)

Peggy Pascoe Memorial Fund

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For the book in women’s history and/or feminist theory that best reflects the high intellectual and scholarly ideals exemplified by the life and work of Joan Kelly (1928-1982).


$1,000

(American Historical Association)

Joan Kelly Memorial Prize

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2022 application deadline:  May 15, 2022

Named in memory of Joan Kelly, this prize is awarded annually for the book in women’s history and/or feminist theory that best reflects the high intellectual and scholarly ideals exemplified by the life and work of Joan Kelly (1928–82). The prize was established by the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession and the Conference Group on Women’s History in 1983, to be administered by the American Historical Association and carries a cash award of $1,000.

Submissions can deal with any chronological period, any geographical location, or any area of feminist theory that incorporates a historical perspective. Books should demonstrate originality of research, creativity of insight, graceful stylistic presentation, skillful use of analysis, and a recognition of the important role of sex and gender in the historical process. The interrelationship between women and the historical process should be addressed.

Joan Kelly Memorial Prize

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The CCWH assists funding for the Peggy Pascoe Memorial Fund to support graduate student research at the University of Oregon.

Peggy Pascoe was the Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History and Professor of Ethnic Studies. An influential historian of her generation, authoring ground-breaking histories of the American West that centered on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality. Her book What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford University Press, 2009) received five prestigious awards in 2009. It won the Ellis H Hawley Prize, Lawrence W Levine Award, Joan Kelly Prize, John H. Dunning Prize, and was a finalist for the John Hope Franklin Prize. Read more about Peggy.

Peggy Pascoe Memorial Fund