announces Digital History Essay Prize

March 2, 2015
Contact: Daniel Velarde -

The 2015 Digital History Essay Prize, sponsored by in collaboration with the Canadian Historical Association (CHA), will be awarded to students registered at a Canadian university who demonstrate the most compelling use of digitized historical content in their scholarly research.

Overview is non-profit coalition dedicated to providing online access to Canada’s documentary heritage. We work with libraries, archives and universities to preserve and disseminate Canada's cultural records in digital format, making large sets of digital primary sources available to researchers:
- Early Canadiana Online is a full-text collection of published documentary material, including monographs, government documents, and specialized or mass-market periodicals from the 16th to 20th centuries. Visit:
- The Heritage Project draws from the rich corpus of archival microfilm held by Library and Archives Canada, with a focus on fonds from the individuals and organizations that have shaped Canada's history. Politics, arts and literature, labour, military history, aboriginal history and women's history are particular areas of strength. Visit:


Prize entries should describe original research conducted with content, and may draw from academic work submitted for credit in the current or previous academic years. Submissions may be written in essay format or as an annotated bibliography of select sources that made a significant contribution to the student’s understanding of Canada’s past.

Each account must be no longer than 1,000 words. Please include your name, institution, program and year of study.


Up to four winning entries will receive prizes of $500 at the June 2015 CHA Annual Meeting at the University of Ottawa. In addition, all winners will become eligible for a 3-month paid summer student assignment at from 1 June 2015 to 30 August 2015 in Ottawa.


Contestants must be enrolled full-time at the undergraduate or graduate level in history or a related discipline; research showcased in the essay must be primarily concerned with the history of Canada.

Submissions deadline

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 15 April 2015. Please send an electronic copy of your submission (Word or PDF) to:


Winning entries will be published by in various media. Submission of an essay implies consent of the author to allow to edit and publish the entry.