The Henry Barnard Prize

The History of Education Society awards a prize of $500 biennially for the best graduate student essay in the history of education, broadly defined to cover a wide range of educational and cultural institutions inside and outside of the United States.  This includes work on schools and universities, teachers, students, and families.  Nominations by faculty, graduate advisors, department chairs, and deans, as well as self-nominations by students, are welcome.  Authors must be students at the time of submission, and essays must be unpublished works.  The winning essay will be published in History of Education Quarterly.  HES also extends a $250 travel supplement to the Barnard Prize winner for her/his attendance at the annual meeting.  The 2019 HES meeting will be Thursday, October 31st– Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about the annual meeting, go to

The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 15, 2019.

Entrants should e-mail the essay and a one-page vita as separate attachments (in Microsoft Word or as pdf files) to  You can also direct any questions to the committee chair, Leah Gordon, at

Manuscripts should adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style, be double-spaced in 12-point font, and not exceed 35 pages in length including endnotes; the author’s name should appear only on the cover page.  For further instructions, see the History of Education Quarterly author guidelines.

2019 Prize Committee


Leah Gordon

Amherst College, Brandeis University

Campbell Scribner

University of Maryland

Danielle Wingfield-Smith

University of Virginia