Maria Stewart Journal Article Prize

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2018 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 2017 and December 2017 by members and non-members of the AAIHS. Click here for more details on the award.

C.L.R. James Research Fellowship

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2018 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, independent scholars, and faculty members at any rank. All applicants must be members of AAIHS. Click here for more details on the award.

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:

The application deadline for the 2018 conference travel grant is January 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2018.

Du Bois-Wells Graduate Student Paper Prize

The 2018 AAIHS Conference Planning Committee invites submissions for the 2018 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize named after W.E.B Du Bois and Ida B. Wells. This is the third 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 Black Perspectives. 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 2018 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize is January 15, 2018.

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 2018 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize, please contact the Conference Planning Committee Chair, Dr. Gregory Childs at

Previous Recipients

2017–Andrew Pope, Harvard University

  • “Less Spelling, More Mathematics: Model Neighborhood, Inc. and the Remaking of Black Power in Atlanta, 1966-1974”

Honorable Mention: Natalie Shibley, University of Pennsylvania

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)