Academic Awards

Awards and Fellowships

The American Jewish Historical Society encourages interested students and scholars to apply for the following prizes and fellowships. The AJHS Academic Council is responsible for all selections.


AJHS Announces a New Award Title: The Henry L. Feingold Graduate Student Essay Prize

(formerly the Wasserman Student Essay Award)

The Henry L. Feingold Graduate Student Essay Prize is awarded biennially for the best paper submitted by a graduate-level researcher and includes a $500 award. At the discretion of the editors, the prize essay may also be considered for publication in the Society's scholarly journal, American Jewish History. The next award year is 2016. Please submit essays to feingoldprize@ajhs.cjh.org


Ruth B. Fein Prize

The American Jewish Historical Society awards the Ruth B. Fein Prize, a travel stipend established in honor of a past president of the Society, to a graduate student to help undertake research at the American Jewish Historical Society. The award is up to $1,000. The deadline for submission is April 24, 2015. To apply, please send a 2-page description of your project, a letter of support from your graduate mentor and a budget for your travel expenses to feinprize@ajhs.cjh.org.


The Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship

The Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship supports one or more researcher(s) wishing to use the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society. Preference is given to researchers interested in 17th and 18th century American Jewish history. At the discretion of the awards committee, the fellowship funds may also be applied to subsidizing publication of a first book in the field of American Jewish history, again with preference given to works in early American Jewish history. The available amount for the award(s) is $6,000 annually. Submission date for 2015 coming soon. Please send proposals of up to 5 pages to: LapidusFellow@ajhs.org.


Pokross/Curhan Family Fund Prize

The American Jewish Historical Society awards the Pokross/Curhan Family Fund Prize, a grant established in honor of two past presidents, David R. Pokross (1976-1979) and Ronald C. Curhan (1990-1993), to an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing an academic degree at an accredited academic institution to help undertake research using the collections held at

American Jewish Historical Society
New England Archives
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116.

The award is $1,000. The deadline for submission is coming soon.

To apply, please send a 2-page description of your plan to produce an essay, thesis, dissertation, documentary, exhibition or other form of public program on an aspect of the American Jewish experience; and a letter of support from an undergraduate or graduate mentor to pokrosscurhanprize@ajhs.cjh.org. (AJHS in New York does not handle this)


Saul Viener Book Prize

The Saul Viener Prize ($1,000) is awarded biannually, with the current competition covering books published in 2013 and 2014. Only books that focus on the history of the Jews in America are considered. Works in literature, sociology, political science, and other fields do not qualify, nor do historical studies of Jews outside of the United States. In order to be considered, books have to be original work in English and not anthologies or other edited works. Books that were supported by or are projects of the AJHS are not eligible for consideration. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2015. Books that fit these criteria should be referred to the committee. Please send author, title, publisher and publication date to info@ajhs.org.

Please submit 4 copies of books that fit these criteria to:

Saul Viener Book Prize
American Jewish Historical Society
The Center for Jewish History
18 W. 17th St.
New York, NY 10011


Wasserman Essay Prize

The Wasserman Essay Prize is awarded the best article published in a volume (4 issues) of the journal American Jewish History. The award is in the amount of $125.


Lee Max Friedman Award Medal

The Lee Max Friedman Award Medal was established in memory of a past Society president and is awarded by the American Jewish Historical Society to any individual, group or association deemed to have rendered distinguished service in the field of American Jewish history. Distinguished service includes special achievements in research, scientific or popular writing, teaching, encouragement and/or support of specific historical projects, or in the field of mass communication.  The Friedman Medal is awarded biennially (awarded in 2014).