The Higham Fellowship offers two annual awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 each to successful applicants, the amounts to be determined by the John Higham Research Fellowship Committee. The fellowships are given in memory of John Higham (1920-2003), past president of the OAH and an important figure in immigration, ethnic, and intellectual history.


This fellowship is open to all graduate students writing doctoral dissertations for a PhD in American history. Applicants pursuing research in those fields most congenial to the research and writing interests of John Higham will receive special consideration. These topics include US social and intellectual history broadly considered, with preference given to research projects on American immigration and ethnic history as well as American historiography and the cultural history of the 19th century United States.

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