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    David Thelen Award

    Offered by Organization of American Historians

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 20, 2024
    Multiple awards worth

    Varies

    Grade level

    All Grade Levels

    Application deadline:

    May 1, 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    The David Thelen Award seeks to recognize the most outstanding article on American history written in a language other than English. The winning piece will be published in the Journal, and submissions from January 1st of the year two years prior to the deadline year, to December 31st of the year prior to the deadline year, are eligible. Previously unpublished articles are also eligible. The article should be well-written, carefully argued, and offer a fresh perspective on colonial American and/or U.S. history. The competition is open to various genres of scholarship, including roundtables, keynote addresses, and conference papers. Manuscripts should be written in a language other than English and framed for readers outside the U.S. Don’t forget to label your submission as “[Year] David Thelen Award Entry” and submit an electronic version via email, along with a hard copy mailed to the address listed on the scholarship’s website. Keep on reading to learn more!

    About Organization of American Historians

    The Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. The mission of the organization is to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and to encourage wide discussion of historical questions and the equitable treatment of all practitioners of history. The OAH advances the teaching and practice of American history through its numerous publications, programs, and initiatives. The organization's quarterly Journal of American History is the leading scholarly journal in the field. The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program brings prominent speakers to the public, and the organization's awards, prizes, and its annual meeting recognize and foster the best historical scholarship.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    All Grade Levels

    Academic Interest

    History

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.

    5,000-15,000-word article

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    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Organization of American Historians at [email protected].

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