The Henry Barnard Prize

The History of Education Society (HES) 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  Authors must be students at the time of submission, and essays must be unpublished works.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 their attendance at the annual meeting.  The 2023 HES meeting will be Thursday, November 2 through Sunday, November 5 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about the annual meeting, go to

The extended deadline for submissions is June 23, 2023. 

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

2023 Prize Committee


Sevan Terzian

University of Florida

Arcasia James-Gallaway

Texas A&M University

Yailile Suriel

University of Minnesota