Samuel P. Hays research fellowship

ASEH created this fellowship to recognize the contributions of Samuel P. Hays, the inaugural recipient of the society's Distinguished Scholar Award, and to advance the field of environmental history, broadly conceived. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 to help fund travel to and use of an archive or manuscript repository. It is open to practicing historians (either academic, public, or independent). Graduate students are ineligible. A Ph.D. is not required.

Submissions will be accepted between September 1 and November 16, 2018, and the recipient will be selected and notified in January 2019 for funding in 2019.

To apply, please submit the following items:

  • A two-page statement (500 words) explaining your project and how you intend to use the research funds.
  • A c.v. no more than two pages in length.


The application period begins September 1. All items for the Samuel P. Hays Research Fellowship must be submitted electronically by November 16, 2018 to dspatz@aseh.net. Use the subject line "Samuel Hays Fellowship Submission."

The 2018 recipient of the Samuel Hays Fellowship is Jamie Miller for the project “Energy Dependence: Electricity, Modernity, and Development in Twentieth Century South Africa.”

The 2017 recipient of the Samuel Hays Fellowship was Monika Bilka, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Arizona for her project “Remaking a People, Restoring a Watershed: Klamath Tribal Empowerment through Natural Resource Activism, 1960-2015.”