2022 History Undergraduate Writing Prize – Now Accepting Entries!

The History Faculty is soliciting nominations for the 2021 History Undergraduate Writing Prizes, honoring excellence in historical research and writing.  The three awards of $300 each honor MIT historians John W. Dower, Pauline Maier, and Bruce Mazlish.


MIT undergraduate students and non-MIT students who have taken a 21H subject in 2021-22 taught by an MIT History Faculty member may submit entries.


Submissions from non-21H subjects are not eligible unless the instructor has a joint appointment with the MIT History Faculty.

Papers should be roughly 10 pages or more, double-spaced.

All submissions must exclude your  name, subject number, and subject title.

How to apply: 

Send completed entry form and paper as a PDF file to

Due date:

Monday, May 30, 2022, 11:59pm, EST.  No late entries accepted.

Evaluation Criteria:

A History Faculty committee will evaluate entries based on excellence in historical analysis, research, and writing.

Winners will be notified by email and their names will appear on the history website by June 13, 2022.

For more information, contact Meghan Pepin.  Also visit