Awards

Each year the WHA presents over 25 awards, fellowships, and scholarships to scholars, public historians, graduate students, and members of the historical profession. The organization has a long history of recognizing the research and teaching that strengthens the field of the North American West. Each award committee consists of at least three individuals who serve a three-year term at the request of the WHA President. Submission deadlines are in the spring and summer and award notifications are submitted in the fall. Please visit each specific award page for more deadlines, committees, and past recipients. Contact the Award Committee Chair or the WHA Office with questions and inquiries.

The WHA also recognizes the recipients of honors from affiliated groups and organizations. Each year at the WHA's annual "Indian Scholar's Luncheon" an individual in honored with the American Indian Lifetime Achievement Award. It recognizes superb scholarship and one's dedication for mentoring Native American and Indigenous students to advance the study of American Indian history (view a list of past honorees here). Check out the scholarly prizes from the Coalition for Western Women's History and Westerner's International to read about past award recipients. Many of these individuals are also briefly recognized at the WHA Annual Awards Banquet to highlight the dynamic scholarship and teaching the field of western history.

According to the Bylaws of the WHA Constitution, the WHA President selects all members of the WHA Award Committees. In the 2018 the WHA Council adopted a policy that all Award Committee appointees must hold current membership in the WHA.


Please note that all award pages will be updated by January 2019. The WHA thanks you for your patience. 


For a list of the 2018 award recipients, view the 58th Annual Awards Banquet Program here! 

View the 2017 Awards Banquet Program here!

Books and Public History
   Autry Public History Prize
   Caughey Western History Prize
   David J. Weber-Clements Prize
  Donald L. Fixico Award
   Dwight L. Smith (ABC-CLIO) Award
   Hal K. Rothman Award
   Joan Paterson Kerr Award
   John C. Ewers Award
   Robert G. Athearn Award
   Robert M. Utley Prize
   Sally and Ken Owens Award
   W. Turrentine Jackson Award

Articles and Essays
   Arrell M. Gibson Award
   Arrington-Prucha Prize
   Bert M. Fireman and Janet Fireman Award
   Bolton-Cutter Award
   Jensen-Miller Award
   Michael P. Malone Award
   Oscar O. Winther Award
   Ray Allen Billington Prize
  Vicki Ruiz Award

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Honors
   Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award
   Gordon M. Bakken Award of Merit
   Honorary Life Memberships
   Indian Student Conference Scholarship
   Louise Pubols Public History Prize 
   Sara Jackson Graduate Student Award
   Trennert-Iverson Conference Scholarship
   Walter Rundell Award
   WHA Graduate Student Prize 
   WHA-Huntington Library Martin Ridge Fellowship



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The WHA is hosted on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and benefits from the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences.


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