Rising Scholar Award

The Rising Scholar Award, presented by American Journalism, provides research assistance of up to $2,000 for a junior faculty member who has not yet achieved tenure. The proposed research project must be related to media history. All methodological approaches are welcomed.

Funding may be used for travel to work with archival collections, copying/digitization expenses for archival material, or to pay a research assistant. Funds may not be used for faculty salary, travel to attend conferences, equipment or software. Funding may not be requested to reimburse expenses incurred prior to this award.


• Applicants must be current AJHA members at the time the proposal is submitted.
• Proposals may be for sole-authored or co-authored work. If two or more individuals apply together, the award amount will be shared.
• The award is not intended for dissertation completion research.
• Undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible for this award.

Application Requirements:

• Cover letter with name and contact information for applicant(s).
• Three- to five-page prospectus of the project. Describe and explain the project’s topic and justify its contribution to the historiography of the mass media.
• Itemized budget of no more than one page. If additional funding will be used for the project, indicate the source and amount.
• If appropriate, include Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from the university.
• List of possible publication venues for the finished project.
• Letter of support from the applicant’s department chair or dean.
• Curriculum vita of no more than three pages.