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Michigan Historical Review's Graduate Student Essay Prize


July 01, 2015

Opportunity Cover Image - Michigan Historical Review's Graduate Student Essay Prize

Earn a cash prize of $1,000 and get your work published!

Have your scholarship published in the MHR after a blind review by a panel of professional historians in addition to the cash award.

  • Graduate student essays must be on the history of Michigan, the Great Lakes region, or their peoples. We welcome topics on American, Canadian, and Midwest history that explore themes related to Michigan's past.
  • Essays must include significant original research in primary sources and represent an addition to historical knowledge. They will be judged based on originality, research, writing style, and proper documentation.
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 12,000 words and should be double-spaced with footnotes. To permit anonymous reviewing the author's name should not appear in the manuscript.
  • The winning essay's author will receive $500 immediately and an additional $500 once the article is ready for publication. Strong essays that do not win may receive editorial advice and encouragement for publication.
  • Submit your essay and a cover letter identifying your school, program, and the paper's supervisor before July 1, 2014. ​​

We are seeking papers from graduate students exploring themes related to Michigan’s past


include significant original research in primary sources

represent an addition to historical knowledge

not exceed 12,000 words, be double-spaced, and footnoted

not include author’s name in the manuscript itself

nclude a cover letter with: graduate school, program, and supervisor


be judged on originality, research, style, and proper documentation receive $500 upon announcement and an additional $500 at publication

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Publish Date
June 16, 2015


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