The SSHA gives two major annual awards: the President's Book Award for an especially meritorious first work by a beginning scholar and the Allan Sharlin Award for an outstanding book in social science history published in the previous year.
This is the inaugural year of The Charles and Louise Tilly Prize for the Best Graduate Paper in Social Science History.
The competition is open to all graduate students who will be presenting an unpublished grad student-authored paper at the Social Science History Association (SSHA) conference in November 2009. The winner will be announced at the conference.
The work of Charles and Louise Tilly represents the strongest traditions of both historical social science and social science history. These traditions are also the watchwords of the SSHA. The winning paper will forge a creative link between the social and historical in order to better illuminate or explain something important about the world.
If you are a graduate student and would like to submit your SSHA paper for consideration, send an electronic copy to Bill Block, SSHA Executive Director, at Block@cornell.edu. The submission deadline is October 1, 2009.
Note that papers, which must be unpublished (but may be forthcoming at the time of the conference), must be no more than 12,500 words, not including supplementary material such as notes, tables, figures, and bibliography. Papers may be collectively authored as long as all of the authors are graduate students.
The Tilly Prize is made possible by the support of the Charles and Louise TIlly Fund for Social Science History. For more information about the Tilly Fund, see: www.ssrc.org/programs/tilly-fund-for-social-science-history/
In past years, some graduate students have traveled to the annual SSHA conference with the aid of SSHA-Rockefeller Graduate Student Travel Awards, jointly sponsored by the SSHA and the Rockefeller Archive Center, a division of The Rockefeller University.
This year's SSHA will also inaugurate additional new graduate student SSHA conference travel awards via the new Charles and Louise Tilly Fund for Social Science History. For more information about the Tilly Fund, see www.ssha.org/2009-tilly-travel-grant. Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2009.