The Harvey M. Applebaum '59 Award is conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research that has substantial use of national government or intergovernmental organization (IGO) information, including documents or data. The prize is an award of $500.

This prize was established in 2008 by the daughters of Harvey M. Applebaum, class of 1959, in honor of his 70th birthday. Mr. Applebaum is a senior counsel, specializing in international trade and antitrust law, with the Washington firm of Covington & Burling LLP and a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a past Chairman of the Association of Yale Alumni and the Yale Alumni Magazine board.

Senior essays submitted for consideration for the Applebaum Award must be based in some part on research material produced or published by national governments and/or intergovernmental organizations (IGO). Research material may be held within Yale's collections or may be available in digital format. Examples include:

The winner of the 2023 Applebaum Award is:

Please contact Gwyneth Crowley, Librarian for Economics and US Government Information, Marx Science and Social Science Library, with any questions about the Applebaum Award.

View submission guidelines.

View complete list of previous winning essays.

Submit your essay for consideration.

Senior essayists will also need to submit a statement explaining how they found out about the award and explaining their use of any of these collections in their essay. Statements may include phrases such as "the resource I used is central to my argument because...," "the variety of government documents used in my paper allowed me to...", and "this document best demonstrates the thinking of..."

The Applebaum Award is one of several senior essay prizes awarded by Yale University Library to honor outstanding undergraduate research and encourage use of library collections. See all Yale Library prizes.


Prize Winners from 2014


The UN and the Congo Crisis of 1960, Nicole Hobbs