The North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) invites submissions for its first NASSH Dissertation Prize to be submitted until December 31, 2020. The newly inaugurated Dissertation Prize will be awarded on a biannual basis and recognize outstanding doctoral dissertations in the field of sport history. The winner of the prize will receive $1000.

Eligibility:  To be considered for the competition, dissertations must be submitted to the Dissertation Prize Committee by December 31, 2020. Dissertations that qualify for the competition are those which have final submission to the university anytime from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. In addition the following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Applicants must be current NASSH members at the time of submission, as well as the year the prize is awarded.
  • Consistent with the scope of NASSH itself, any historical study of sport (defined as “all aspects of competitive games, play, physical culture, and all other forms of physical activity”) will be considered.
  • Eligibility for this award is not contingent upon an applicant’s national citizenship or the location of the university in which an applicant was enrolled.

Application Procedure: Submissions can be made until December 31, 2020. Candidates should email one copy of the dissertation and a letter of nomination from the author, a dissertation committee member, or an external examiner to All files must be submitted in PDF format. Announcement of prize winners for the first NASSH Dissertation Prize will be at the 2021 NASSH Conference.

Contact: For questions, please contact the NASSH Dissertation Prize Committee Chair at