PRIZES & AWARDS


Current Prizes and Awards

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The David H. Pinkney Prize

The Society for French Historical Studies awards the David H. Pinkney Prize to the most distinguished book in French history, published for the first time the preceding year by a citizen of the United States or Canada or by an author with a fulltime appointment at an American or Canadian college or university. 


The William Koren Jr. Prize

The Society for French Historical Studies awards the Koren Prize to the most outstanding article on any period of French history published the previous year by a scholar appointed at a college or university in the United States or Canada.


The Gilbert Chinard Prize

The Gilbert Chinard Prize is awarded each year by the Society for French Historical Studies with the financial support of the Institut Français d’Amérique Fund.  It recognizes the best book published the preceding year by a North American press in one of the two following fields: the history of French-American relations; or the comparative history of France and North, Central, or South America.


Research Travel Award

The Society for French Historical Studies and the Western Society for French History offer an annual award for research conducted outside North America on any aspect of the history of France. This award is granted to an outstanding American or Canadian scholar who has received the doctorate in history in the five-year period prior to the award (since January 2012 for the 2017 award). 


Marjorie M. and Lancelot L. Farrar Memorial Awards

The Society for French Historical Studies offers The Marjorie M. and Lancelot L. Farrar Awards to support two outstanding in-progress dissertation projects on any period of French history by students enrolled in a doctoral program at a university in the United States or Canada.


Natalie Zemon Davis Graduate Student Award

The Society for French Historical Studies confers the Natalie Zemon Davis Award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting by a graduate student enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States or Canada.


The Institut Français dAmérique Fund Research Fellowships 

The Society for French Historical Studies offers two research fellowships for maintenance during research in France for a period of at least one month. These research fellowships are supported by "The Institut Français d’Amérique Fund" of the SFHS.


Discontinued Awards

John B. and Theta H. Wolf Travel Fellowship

The John B. and Theta H. Wolf Travel Fellowship was awarded to a doctoral student at a university in the United States or Canada for dissertation research in any period of French history that reflected the Wolfs' interest in and contributions to the study of European history. The award was formerly administered jointly by the Society for French Historical Studies and the Western Society for French History.