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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 under each award below.

Click here for a list of 2015 award winners.

Atlantes in Holliday Park in Indianapolis, originally part of the St. Paul Building in New York City.

Excellence in Consulting Award–Up to two(2) $500 awards recognize outstanding work and contributions by consultants or contractors.

Outstanding Public History Project Award– $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.

Graduate Student Travel Award–Five travel grants of up to $300 each for graduate students presenting (session, poster session, or working group) at the 2016 Annual Meeting in¬†Baltimore, Maryland.

NCPH Book Award–A $1,000 award for the best book about or growing out of public history published within the previous two calendar years (2014 and 2015).

New Professional Award–Two $500 travel grants to encourage new professionals, practicing public history for no more than three years, to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

Student Project Award–The $500 travel grant to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting recognizes the contributions of student work to the field of public history.

G. Wesley Johnson Award–A $750 award for the best article in The Public Historian for the 2015 calendar year.

Robert Kelley Memorial Award-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.

Michael C. Robinson Prize for Historical Analysis–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.