Award for Graduate Student Paper in New Jersey History

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October 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Local History, Public History, Historic Preservation, Social Sciences

NJSAA Award for Graduate Student Paper in New Jersey History

The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance recognizes excellence in graduate writing about New Jersey history through its annual award.  This award is presented for a paper written by a graduate student that best represents significant research and writing about any aspect of New Jersey History.  The winning author will receive a prize of $150 and the paper will be published in New Jersey Studies.

Submission criteria:

This prize is open to any graduate student working on a subject in New Jersey’s history. Papers in the humanities and social sciences that address historical cases are encouraged. The paper must have been written by a graduate student during the previous three calendar years. The submission may be an unpublished manuscript, a seminar paper, or a single chapter from a thesis or dissertation. The paper must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions should not exceed 30 pages of double-spaced text using a standard 12 point font. Papers or theses may be self-nominated by students with a letter or recommendation from a faculty sponsor.  Papers may also be nominated directly by a faculty member.

Submission Process

The deadline for submission is 15 October 2017. Papers and letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to Paul Israel, chair of the award committee, at

Evaluation Criteria

Nominated works should be truly outstanding in all respects. Each paper will be evaluated on the basis of its narrative strength, the thoroughness of the author’s research and the mastery of sources, the quality of the author’s analysis of the paper’s subject, including its historical and historiographical context, and the appropriate use of standard forms of historical citation.  Evaluators are historians chosen for the breadth and depth of their knowledge of New Jersey and American history, including members of the editorial staff of New Jersey Studies.


Contact Info: 

Paul Israel
Director and General Editor
Thomas A. Edison Papers
Rutgers University
44 Road 3
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8049
ph:   848-445-2711
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