Michael C. Robinson Prize for Historical Analysis

Award to a USA Historian for Outstanding
Historical Research Related to Public Policy

GrantWatch ID#: 175931
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

National Council on Public History (NCPH)

12/01/16 Receipt

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Award of $500 to a USA historian employed by a public agency to recognize outstanding historical research that directly informs public policy. Eligible topics include environmental history, the history of public works and infrastructure, institutional history, historic preservation, cultural resource management, and other analyses that address change over time.

“Public policy” is defined broadly to include environmental, economic, social, cultural, political, and diplomatic policy promulgated for use at the local, regional, national, or international level.

Applications will be judged on the basis of professionalism, clarity, and impact on policy. Evidence of the latter might include that the study was requested as an integral part of a policy-making process or that the study was completed during the period of policy formation and demonstrably influenced its content.



The applicant/nominee must be an historian employed in a public agency or a contractor for a public agency at the time the study was prepared.

Nominations may be for a single project or a collected body of work.

The work must have been prepared for use at some level of government, from municipal to international.

The applicant must show that the study contributed to public policy formation.

An individual may submit an application based on his or her own work or may nominate the work of another historian with the nominee’s permission.

A submission packet should include a copy of the award nomination and cover sheet, an example of research and reports, and two letters of support.

The Robinson Prize Committee strongly recommends that the application include a letter from the head of the applicant/nominee’s office attesting to the study’s impact on policy.

Send a copy of the packet to each of the Robinson Prize Committee and an additional copy to the NCPH Executive Offices (see contact details below).

Submissions are due (not postmarked) by December 1, 2016 for this biannual award.

Award recipients receive complimentary registration for the awards breakfast at the NCPH annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 19-22.

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