The History Department awards three essay prizes each year.

The Barnette Miller Prize ($300)

For the best essay in the field of international relations, broadly construed. The essay must have been done originally for a History Department course. All students are eligible to compete. 

The Bollard Prize ($300)

For the best essay in the field of United States history (with preference given to constitutional history). All students are eligible to compete.

The Erasmus Prize ($300)

For the best essay on an historical subject, with no restriction as to topic. All students are eligible to compete. Papers offered for another prize may not be submitted.


Application Requirements:

For all three prizes, the papers written for honors or for two terms of 350 are not eligible. Other course or seminar papers can be entered, but no student may submit more than one paper for a given prize. Papers should be typed and documented with footnotes and bibliography, and should be at least ten double-spaced pages long. Shorter papers will not be considered.

Papers submission deadline to be announced (generally early April).  

Please send a clean copy of the paper (no name, no course number and no professor's comments) as an attachment via email to the History Department's academic administrator. The attachment should not identify either you or the course and instructor for which the paper was written. The subject line of your email should include the name of the prize for which you are applying. The body of the email should provide the following information:

Student ID Number
Name of the course for which the paper was written
Paper Title
This information will not be available to judges until after winners are selected.  Papers will be read by judges as anonymous submissions.

The prizes are awarded in May.

If you have any questions, please contact the History Department's academic administrator at extension 2605.