Criteria for the NJSAA Graduate Student Paper in New Jersey History Award

Nominations for the 2018 NJSAA Graduate Student Paper in New Jersey History Award are

due September 30, 2018


The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Graduate Student Award recognizes excellence in graduate writing about New Jersey history. It is presented for a paper written by a graduate student that best represents significant research and writing about any aspect of New Jersey History. The winning author will receive a prize of $150 and the paper will be published in New Jersey Studies.

Submission criteria:

This prize is open to any graduate student working on a subject in New Jersey’s history. Papers in the humanities and social sciences that address historical cases are encouraged. The paper must have been written by a graduate student during the previous three calendar years. The submission may be an unpublished manuscript, a seminar paper, or a single chapter from a thesis or dissertation. The paper must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions should not exceed 30 pages of double-spaced text using a standard 12 point font. Papers or theses may be self-nominated by students with a letter or recommendation from a faculty sponsor. Papers may also be nominated directly by a faculty member.

Submission Process

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2018. Papers and letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to Paul Israel, chair of the award committee, at

Evaluation Criteria

Nominated works should be truly outstanding in all respects. Each paper will be evaluated on the basis of its narrative strength, the thoroughness of the author’s research and the mastery of sources, the quality of the author’s analysis of the paper’s subject, including its historical and historiographical context, and the appropriate use of standard forms of historical citation. Evaluators are historians chosen for the breadth and depth of their knowledge of New Jersey and American history, including members of the editorial staff of New Jersey Studies.