The Committee on Honors and Awards of the Modern Language Association invites editors to compete for the twelfth Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters. Collections of letters published in 2011 or 2012 are eligible for the 2013 competition. A multivolume edition is eligible if at least one volume was published during that period. Editors can apply regardless of the fields they and the authors of the letters represent, and membership in the MLA is not required.
The American Historical Association invites nominations for the Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history. Public historians are welcome to nominate themselves or their colleagues.
The terms of the award define both “contribution” and “public history” broadly. Contributions could, for example, include work as the administrator of a public history group or agency (such as a historical society, a historic site, or a community history project) or as the creator or producer of a public history product or products (such as a museum exhibit, radio script, website, oral history collection, or film).
The Hiett Prize in the Humanities, awarded by the Dallas Institute, is an annual award aimed at identifying candidates who are in the early stages of careers devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public component related to contemporary culture. The opposite of a lifetime achievement award, the Hiett Prize seeks to encourage future leaders in the humanities by 1) recognizing their early accomplishment and their potential and 2) assisting their ongoing work through a cash award of $50,000.
The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, located in Berlin, offers one Postdoctoral Fellowship for a scholar in legal history or history of technology. The position lasts for 10 months, starting October 15, 2012 (with the possibility of starting earlier), and may be renewed. Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply. This fellowship is awarded in conjunction with the research project, “The Writing of Deaf-Muteness and the Construction of Norms,” which “traces the writing and illustration of deaf-muteness from the early 17th century to the late 19th century in Europe and the United States.” The fellowship is endowed with a monthly stipend between €1,900 and €2,300.
By offering a variety of prizes, fellowships, and awards, the American Historical Association recognizes a wide range of distinguished historical work, which can take the form of an exceptional book, teaching and mentoring, and even film. Judge contact information for all AHA book prizes and awards has now been posted on the AHA’s web site. Applications for these book prizes and awards must be postmarked by or on May 15, 2012.
The American Society for Legal History offers the Paul Murphy Prize to support the completion of a book on the history of civil liberties that addresses any topic or any time in American history. The recipient will receive $5,000 to support their work. Nominees at all levels of seniority will be considered, however the award is not for the completion of a dissertation. Learn more about the prize and how to apply in this online call for nominations. The deadline for receipt of proposals is June 30, 2012.
The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation is funding a dissertation prize of $2,500 for a winning dissertation that focuses on any area of American legal history, including constitutional and comparative studies. Topics dealing with the colonial and early national periods will receive some preference. Anyone who received a PhD in 2011 will be eligible for this year’s prize. The Foundation awards the prize on the recommendation of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee of the American Society for Legal History. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2012.
The National Archives is accepting applications for the 2012 Legislative Archives Fellowship, which supports scholarly work in United States history, based on research in the records of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. A stipend of $10,000 is awarded to the recipient. Research proposals will be considered on any topic requiring research in the historical records of Congress housed at the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives. The deadline for applications is midnight EDT May 16, 2012. Instructions on how to apply are available online.