Special Notice: Extended Deadlines for All ACHA Activities 

The American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA), founded December 1919, is eager to support scholars, teachers, archivists, and students of Catholic history during these uncertain times. To that end, we have extended our deadlines for the Annual Meeting, research and travel grants, book prizes, and membership renewal until July 1, 2020. We are also exploring opportunities to use achahistory.org to feature scholarly and pedagogical topics during this period of social distancing.

In brief:

  • All memberships set to expire between March 15 and June 30, 2020 have been extended to July 1, 2020.
  • The deadline for the call for papers for the 2021 Annual Meeting in Seattle has been extended to July 1, 2020.
  • The deadline to apply for summer research and writing grants has been extended to July 1, 2020.
  • All ACHA prizes and awards with original deadlines in the spring 2020 semester now have deadlines of July 1, 2020.

Summer Research and Writing Grants for Graduate Students and Contingent Faculty

The ACHA has reframed its annual graduate student research grant to research a wider group of people and to permit the grant to be used to support writing given that archival research visits are most likely cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. This year, we are awarding four grants of $1,500 each. The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on July 1, 2020.

Prizes and Awards

All ACHA awards for books, articles, and dissertations have been extended to 11:59 PM on July 1, 2020. Please note that the deadline for the Marraro Book Prize, which is administered by the AHA, remains May 15.

2021 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The Program Committee for the 2021 Annual Meeting in Seattle has extended the deadline for submissions for papers and panels to 11:59 PM on July 1, 2020. The ACHA will monitor news closely and update our membership on any adjustments to the timing, schedule, or protocols of the 2021 Annual Meeting. The ACHA will also not be enforcing a prior convention of restricting proposals from scholars who have participated in the annual meeting in the immediate two previous years. All are welcome to submit a proposal for a paper or panel this year.


Finally, given the range of challenges we face, and that our institutions face, the ACHA will pause membership activity until July 1, 2020. If your membership has recently expired or will expire from now until July 1, 2020, the ACHA will maintain your membership gratis so that you may still receive the Catholic Historical Review, have access to the ACHA website, submit paper and panel proposals, apply for prizes and awards, and more. As July 1, 2020 approaches, we will send you a no-pressure reminder that your membership is due for renewal.

  • Members whose memberships are set to expire between March 26 and June 30, 2020 have had their memberships extended to July 1, 2020.
  • Members whose memberships expired between March 15 and 26, 2020 have had their memberships reinstated until July 1, 2020.
  • Members who renewed their memberships between March 15 and March 26, 2020, have had their memberships extended until July 1 of the year of their memberships’ expirations. (E.g., a one-year membership renewed on March 20, 2020 will expire on July 1, 2021.)
  • Members who have opted to have us automatically charge their credit cards at renewal time will have their credit cards charged on June 20.

You can check your membership status here.

We only ask for your patience as we address individual queries about membership and other ACHA matters over the coming days. However, please do not hesitate to be in touch.


Charles T. Strauss, PhD
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
[email protected]