The Coffman Dissertation Prize Award Guidelines

The Society for Military History Coffman Dissertation Prize is awarded annually to the best dissertation in military history. The competition is open to scholars whose work blends military history with social, political, economic, and diplomatic history and to authors of studies centering on campaigns, leaders, technology, and doctrine. The winning author receives a cash award and a plaque. The winner also will be recognized at the Awards Dinner at the Society for Military History annual meeting. This prize is named in honor of Edward M. Coffman.

The Society for Military History First-Manuscript Prize Submission Guidelines Eligibility:
  1. The dissertation must have been defended or the Ph.D. degree received in the previous calendar year, between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.
  2. Only English-language manuscripts will be considered. Translations are not eligible for consideration unless the author both translated and annotated the manuscript.
  3. The text of a submitted manuscript must be at least 250 pages in length.
  4. Submitted manuscripts should be the record copies filed with the PhD-granting university. Manuscripts may be under contract for publication in the fall of 2020 or later.

Submission Instructions:
  1. No later than 15 January 2020, the author must submit a full manuscript, a 3-5-page précis of the same, and a current curriculum vitae to Dr. Lorien Foote, chair of the 2020 Coffman Prize Committee, at The précis must include a statement of the work's thesis and conclusions, its place in the relevant historiography, and any new or underutilized primary source materials or innovative methodologies that shape it.
  2. All submissions must be double-spaced and submitted in PDF format.
  3. The Committee will designate the winner on or about 15 March 2020.
  4. The Society for Military History will present the Coffman Prize at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society, 30 April-3 May 2020 in Arlington, VA.

Point of Contact:
Lorien Foote
History Department
Texas A&M University
4236 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4236
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