Graduate Student Prize in Applied Military History Submission Guidelines

The Society for Military History and the CSIS Project on History and Strategy are pleased to announce the annual Graduate Student Prize in Applied Military History. The prize will be awarded to the author of the best essay of 5,000 to 8,000 words that uses military history to inform current international security problems. Contestants are permitted to use any historical period, place, or persons to offer insights into current international security issues. The competition is open to graduate students studying military history, including those pursuing a second degree. The application deadline is February 1 and the winner will be announced in early March.

The prize will be awarded at the Society’s awards dinner during the Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, April 30-May 3, 2020. The awardee will receive $1,000 and will be reimbursed for up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. In addition, the awardee will receive a paid trip to Washington, DC to deliver the essay’s findings to members of the national security policy community. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the Journal of Military History.

Essays should be submitted in electronic form to Emma Bates at