NCPH awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The purpose of the award program is to promote professionalism and best practices among public historians and to raise awareness about their activities. Awards are presented to recipients during the annual meeting.
A challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities makes possible our expanding awards program. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Guidelines and current and past recipients are listed on each award page.
2017 Award decisions have been made. 2018 award information will be posted in August 2017.
$1,000 recognizing a project–digital, print, film, exhibit, etc.–that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice.
A $1,000 award for the best book about or growing out of public history published within the previous two calendar years (2015 and 2016).
A $750 award for the best article in The Public Historian for the 2016 calendar year.
Up to two(2) $500 awards recognize outstanding work and contributions by consultants or contractors.
Two $500 travel grants to encourage new professionals, practicing public history for no more than three years, to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.
The NCPH Founders Award recognizes those individuals who were present at the creation of NCPH and who played critical roles in the organization’s success.
This $500 award honors distinguished achievements by individuals, institutions, or nonprofit or corporate entities for making history relevant to individual lives of ordinary people outside of academia.
A $500 cash award and a certificate, rewarding historical studies that contribute directly to the formation of public policy. This biennial prize will next be awarded in 2017.
Five travel grants of up to $300 each for graduate students presenting (session, poster session, or working group) at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The $500 travel grant to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting recognizes the contributions of student work to the field of public history.