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Awards, Prizes and Grants

Updated 26 June 2024
Find the 2024 Award and Fellowshipwinners here.
Find the 2023 Award and Fellowship winners here.
Download the 2023 Award Booklet here
Download the 2023 Dibner Prize Citation here.

Each year, the Society for the History of Technology offers a number of awards, grants, and prizes, details on which may be obtained by clicking on the name of the appropriate item below. The Committees are requested to follow a “standard” timeline, that is adjusted to accommodate the current Annual Meeting

Leonardo da Vinci Medal

Leonardo da Vinci Medal: The society’s highest honor, presented to an individual who has greatly contributed to the history of technology through research, teaching, publications, service to the Society, and other activities.


Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship: Awarded annually to a student preparing a dissertation on a history of technology topic (broadly defined).

Brooke Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship: Postdoctoral fellowship enabling an early career scholar to prepare a dissertation for publication or to develop a new project.

Fellowships in Aerospace History (NASA): A predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship in the history of space technology.

Awards and Prizes

Sidney Edelstein Prize: Recognizes an outstanding scholarly book on a topic related to the history of technology.

Sally Hacker Prize: Established in 1999 to honor an exceptional book on the history of technology intended for non-specialist as well as scholarly readers.

Abbot Payson Usher Prize: Awarded annually to honor the best scholarly article published in Technology and Culture.

Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize: Awarded for to a graduate student or early career scholar presenting at the SHOT annual meeting for the first time.

Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize: Recognizes an unpublished essay in the history of technology. Restricted to graduate students, early career scholars, and new entrants to the profession.

Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize For the best article in the history of electrotechnology—power, electronics, telecommunications, and computer science.

Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits: Annual Award for an outstanding exhibit that uses artifacts to interpret the history of technology to the general public.

Eugene S. Ferguson Prize: For original reference works that support future scholarship in the history of technology.

Martha Trescott Prize: For the best published essay in the area of women in technology (even-numbered years), or in  the area of social responsibility of engineers in history (odd-numbered years).

Global Community Scholars: Each year, SHOT designates selected Global Community Scholars for a two-year term. These scholars act as ambassadors for the society in their countries and regions, both by informing SHOT about the history of technology in their regions, and by helping to disseminate information about the society and its activities.

Race and Histories of Technologies PrizeFirst presentation of this new Prize in 2022, for outstanding scholarship that explicitly explores the multiple intersections and junctures between race/ethnicity and the history of technology. The prize is part of a collective commitment for addressing systemic and epistemic racism at SHOT and in the global intellectual field it represents. The prize is intended for junior scholars and new entrants to the profession worldwide.