2023 Undergraduate Writing Prize – Now Accepting Entries!

The History Faculty is soliciting nominations for the 2023 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 completed a 21H subject in 2022-23
  • Non-21H subjects are ineligible unless the instructor has a joint appointment with History and the subject is historical in content.


  • Papers must be at least ten pages, double-spaced
  • Papers must include the title
  • Do not include your name, the subject number, or the subject title.

How to apply: 

Send completed entry form and paper as a PDF to

Due date: 

Thursday, June 1, 2023, 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.

Winner Notification:

The three winners will be notified by email, and their names will appear on the history website mid-June.

For more information, contact Meghan Pepin