WHA Awards

The World History Association bestows a number of awards, prizes, and scholarships to world history students, teachers, and researchers.

Pioneers in World History Award

The annual Pioneers in World History Award, presented at the annual WHA conference, recognizes scholars’ exceptional contributions toward advancing the field of world history. The deadline for nominations is 15 March of each year.

Prize Competitions

World History Association Jerry H. Bentley Book Prize

The WHA Jerry H. Bentley Book Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of world history. The deadline for submissions is 1 February of each year.

World History Association Dissertation Prize

The WHA Dissertation Prize is presented for the year’s best doctoral dissertation in world, global, or transnational history. The deadline for submissions is 1 October of each year.

World History Association / Phi Alpha Theta Undergraduate & Graduate Student Paper Prize

The WHA/ΦΑΘ Student Paper Prizes are awarded for the best undergraduate and best graduate-level world history papers composed in the academic year. The deadline for submissions is 1 June of each year.

World Historian Student Essay Competition

The World Historian Student Essay Competition is open to K–12 students. The deadline for submissions is 1 May of each year.

World History Association Teaching Prize

The WHA Teaching Prize is an award given for a lesson plan either inspired by or directly related to recent world history scholarship. The deadline for submissions is 1 May of each year.

Scholarships

The WHA offers a number of scholarships to attend the annual conference each year, including the WHA World Scholar Travel Fund (for scholars outside of North America) and the William H. McNeill Teacher Scholarship (for K–12 and community college teachers).