Grants & Awards

The American Society of Church History fosters and honors
outstanding scholarship through five prestigious prizes.

For information about the prize nomination process, see the bottom of this page.

Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize – $1,500

The Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize honors outstanding scholarship in church history by a first-time author.
Deadline for Nominations: December 1


Brewer

The 2017 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize is awarded to Joseph Stubenrauch, Associate Professor of History at Baylor University, for his book The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Albert C. Outler Prize – $2,000

The Albert C. Outler Prize honors the best ecumenical church history monograph, biography, critical edition or bibliography published in the two previous calendar years.
Deadline for Nominations: March 1, even

The 2016 Albert C. Outler Prize is awarded to Dr. Emily Rose, Visiting Fellow in the Department of History at Harvard University, for her book The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Philip Schaff Prize – $2,000

The Philip Schaff Prize honors the best church history book by a North American scholar published in the two previous calendar years.
Deadline for Nominations: March 1, odd-numbered years.

The 2017 Philip Schaff Prize is awarded to Andrew Jacobs, the Mary W. and J. Stanley Johnson Professor of Humanities at Scripps College, for his book Epiphanius of Cyprus: A Cultural Biography of Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 2016).

Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize – $250

The Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize honors the best essay on women’s role in the history of Christianity published in the previous calendar year.
Deadline for Nominations: August 1.

Quincy Newell (Hamilton College), "What Jane James Saw,” published in Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century 

Sidney E. Mead Prize – $300 and publication in Church History

The Sidney E. Mead Prize honors the best unpublished essay by a doctoral candidate or recent graduate.
Deadline for Nominations: September 1.

Elise Leal (Baylor University), “All Our Children May be Taught of God”: Schools and the Roles of Childhood and Youth in Creating Evangelical Benevolence"

Prize Nomination Process

Eligibility

• All works must be nominated in order to be eligible for ASCH prizes. Authors may nominate their own works.

• All nominees must be active, dues-paying members of the ASCH in order to have their work reviewed by the Research and Prize Committee.

• Books, essays, and articles may only be nominated once for one of the awards. Nominations will not be accepted in successive years for the same or different prizes. Please read the prize criteria carefully before nominating a work for that prize.

How To Nominate a Work For Consideration by the Research and Prize Committee

1. Nominations must be in PDF format, and include the following:

  • author’s name
  • author’s affiliation (or designation of ‘independent scholar,’ if appropriate)
  • author’s phone number, mailing address and e-mail address
  • title of the work
  • name of the prize for which the work is being nominated
2. Nominations for all prizes except the Sidney E. Mead Prize must be emailed to Caleb Maskell, Executive Secretary of the ASCH, at caleb.maskell@churchhistory.org. Nominations for the Mead Prize ONLY should be sent to the Senior Assistant to the Editors at churchhistory@umn.edu

3. Nominations will be acknowledged by email by either the Executive Secretary or the Senior Assistant to the Editors.

4. Shortly after the deadline for each prize nomination, the Executive Secretary will contact the presses that published works under consideration, with a list of addresses to which to send the works.

 

NOTE: DO NOT SHIP ANY BOOKS TO ASCH PRIOR TO RECEIVING A LIST OF SHIPPING ADDRESSES FROM THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY. BOOKS SHIPPED PRIOR TO THIS SOLICITATION WILL NEED TO BE RE-SENT BY THEIR PUBLISHERS.