Maria Stewart Journal Article Prize

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2017 Maria Stewart Prize for the best journal article in black intellectual history.  Named after abolitionist and women’s right’s activist-intellectual Maria Stewart, the prize will recognize the best journal article concerning black intellectual history (broadly conceived) published between January 2015 and December 2016 by members and non-members of the AAIHS. The winner will receive $300, an award certificate, and a featured spot on the AAIHS blog. The prize is open to scholars at all stages of their academic careers. The award will be announced formally at the AAIHS Conference.

All application materials should be received by December 15, 2016. Please send a PDF of the article and a nomination letter (briefly summarizing the article’s main argument and contributions to the field) to the prize committee chair:

Dr. Keisha N. Blain (

C.L.R. James Research Fellowship

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2017 C.L.R. James Research Fellowship to support research towards the completion of a dissertation or publication of a book. Named after Afro-Trinidadian theorist C.L.R. James, the research fellowships are intended to promote research in black intellectual history by graduate students and untenured college and university faculty and others who are within six years of the Ph.D. Four fellowships of $1000 will be awarded annually to help cover the costs of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research. The award will be announced formally at the AAIHS Conference. Membership in AAIHS is required.

All application materials should be received by January 15, 2017. Please send the following documents in a single PDF document: short c.v. (no more than 3 pages), 3-5 page project proposal, budget, and arrange to have one letter of recommendation sent to the fellowship committee chair:

Dr. Ashley D. Farmer (

Applicants will be notified in March 2017. Funds must be used by December 30, 2017. Recipients will be required to submit a detailed report to the conference chair. Graduate student applicants must have passed their qualifying exams.

AAIHS Conference Travel Grants

The African American Intellectual History Society is pleased to announce that we will provide 4 grants of $250 to graduate students and contingent faculty to defray travel costs to the annual conference. The award is open to AAIHS members whose papers have been accepted for the conference. Once you receive notification that your paper has been accepted, please send a 1 page letter of application detailing how your paper fits into your larger research project and that project’s significance for African American intellectual history to:

Dr. Christopher Cameron (

The application deadline for the 2017 conference travel grant is January 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2017.

Du Bois-Wells Graduate Student Paper Prize

The 2017 AAIHS Conference Planning Committee invites submissions for the 2017 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize named after W.E.B Du Bois and Ida B. Wells. This is the second annual prize that recognizes the most outstanding paper presented by a graduate student at the annual AAIHS conference. The committee will judge the written paper on which the presentation is based (normally 10-12 pages in length; size 12 font; one inch margins). Graduate students must first be accepted to present at the conference in order to be eligible for this award. In addition to a monetary prize of $150, the winner will receive a plaque, a one-year complimentary membership in AAIHS, and a featured spot on AAIHS’ blog. The honorable mention will receive $50. All academic fields of history will be considered, and essays must be submitted with full citations (Chicago style footnotes preferred).

The deadline for the 2017 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize is January 15, 2017.

To apply for the prize, submit a cover letter listing your name, email, institutional affiliation, and phone number along with the name of your graduate adviser. Please also indicate your graduate student year and verify that your paper was accepted by the conference planning committee. In addition to the cover letter, send a copy of the paper to as an email attachment in Microsoft Word.

For questions about the 2017 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize, please contact the Conference Planning Committee Chair, Dr. Brandon Byrd at

Previous Recipients

2016Jonathan Lande, Brown University

  • “The Black Badge of Courage: The Politics of Freedom and the Memory of Black Soldiers in the Civil War”

Honorable Mention: Annalisa Mogorovich, University of Trieste (Italy)