OHMAR Accepting Nominations for Martha Ross Prize Scholarship

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January 10, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Oral History

Named in honor of our late founding member, OHMAR’s Martha Ross Prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student creating original work in oral history. This award both recognizes the achievements of the student and her or his contributions to the field of oral history and provides financial assistance for the student’s current project (i.e., for travel or transcription costs, research, archiving, technology purchases, et cetera) in the amount of $500.

Throughout her career Martha Ross was instrumental in encouraging students and young professionals to practice oral history. As an educator, Martha believed that “We must be diligent in preparing and training as oral historians, so that our duty to capture and preserve an individual’s story contributes to and fosters the historical narrative.”

We are delighted that this award allows us to highlight individual work in oral history and to support the next generation of public historians.



  1. Applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time at a college or a university at the undergraduate or graduate level and engaged in an ongoing oral history project.
  2. Students must either be enrolled in a school in the Mid-Atlantic region OR doing a project that focuses on the Mid-Atlantic region (NY, NJ, DE, PA, MD, DC, VA, WV).
    1. Students do not have to be a member of OHMAR to apply for the award.
  3. Awardee will present her or his work (even if it is a work in progress) at the annual meeting at which the student receives the Martha Ross Prize. (Presenting via Skype is acceptable!)
  4. Awardee will write at least one blog for OHMAR in the year following the award.
  5. Awardee’s project will be listed on OHMAR’s website.

Application Process

  1. Applications will include:
    1. A 750-1,000 word description of the project and its expected outcomes.
    2. A response to the following question, answered in 250 words: “If you had more time and resources to build upon or expand the project, what would you do?”
    3. Any supplemental materials (i.e., links to a website or to video or audio clips, a portion of a transcript no longer than 250 words, et cetera) within reason and as appropriate.
    4. The name of an academic mentor or advisor who will be supplying a letter of recommendation.
      1. The academic mentor or advisor must send the letter of recommendation directly either in electronic or print format.
  2. Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2019 to January 10, 2020. We must receive all letters of recommendation by January 10, 2020. Recipient will be notified by January 31, 2020.
  3. Please note, projects DO NOT have to fall under the scope of the annual conference theme.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Contact Info: 

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR)

c/o Samantha Blatt



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