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Beyers Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing

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Robert W. Beyers. Credit: Ed Souza / Stanford News Service

Stanford undergraduate and graduate students are invited to seek the Beyers Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing, awarded annually by the Stanford Historical Society. Established in 2002, the award is named in honor of Robert W. Beyers, director of Stanford News Service from 1961 to 1990. 

The Beyers Prize recognizes Stanford students’ awareness of and interest in the university’s history, as demonstrated through the use of the University Archives, Stanford Libraries, and other sources. The society also hopes to encourage excellence in writing and research among students.

Successful entries will be considered for publication in future issues of Sandstone & Tile, published three times a year by the Stanford Historical Society.

Past Beyers Prize Winners


A panel of three to five judges, well-versed in Stanford history, research, and academic writing, will be selected by the University Archivist to review all submissions.

Judges will consider the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic to Stanford’s history
  • Quality of writing, research, and organization

Entries should be 3000-5000 words.


The prize includes a $500 cash award and one year of free membership in the Stanford Historical Society, in addition to recognition at the SHS Annual Members’ Meeting and on the SHS website. Up to two prizes are awarded each year: one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student. The judges may decide at their discretion not to award any prizes.

The prize(s) will be presented at the Stanford Historical Society Annual Members’ Meeting in May.

Submission Guidelines

A digital copy of the essay must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1st, 2024. The participant’s email address, postal address, and telephone number should be included on the cover page of the entry.

To be considered for the Beyers Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing, please submit your entry to University Archivist Josh Schneider at


For questions and guidance, please contact University Archivist Josh Schneider at

Image: Robert W. Beyers. (credit: Ed Souza / Stanford News Service)