The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum sponsors three biennial prizes for scholarship on the history of the postal system in the United States and its territories, and their antecedents. These prizes – the National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History – are designed to encourage scholarship on the history of the American postal system and to raise awareness of the significance of the postal system in American life. Scholarship by graduate students is eligible for a $1,000 award; scholarship by scholars and professionals (faculty members, independent scholars, and public historians) is eligible for a $2,000 award; and public history scholarship presented online is eligible for a $1,000 award.
The awards are intended to recognize scholarship on any topic on the history of the postal system in America to the present time. Though submissions must be historical in character, they can draw on the methods of disciplines other than history. Comparative or international historical studies are eligible if the American postal system is central to the discussion.
Submissions must be sent via email or Dropbox or be postmarked no later than December 3, 2021. No late entries will be accepted.
For more information on eligibility, selection criteria, and submission procedures, click here.