Graduate Student Prize in Applied Military History

The Society for Military History and the Center for Strategic and International Studies are pleased to offer the Graduate Student Prize in Applied Military History. The prize is 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. The prize is awarded at the Society’s awards luncheon. The awardee receives $1,000 and is reimbursed for up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. In addition, the awardee receives a paid trip to Washington, DC to deliver the essay’s findings to members of the national security policy community. Winning essays are considered for publication in the Journal of Military History.

Submission information for the 2021 prize can be found here.

2021 Prize:
Winner: Heather Haley, Auburn University
"Suppressing the 'Homosexual Menace': Harvey Milk, Vernon 'Copy' Berg, and the Navy's Lavender Scare."

Honorable Mention: Kristofer Seibt, Columbia University
"'My Heart Bled': Sustained Destruction and the Economics of Coercion in German Cameroon."
2018 Prize:
James Torrence, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
"Cyber Defense and the Strategic Defense Initiative"
2017 Prize:
Thomas Jamison, Harvard University
“The Baltimore Incident of 1891 and Modern Conflict Resolution”
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