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Essay and Dissertation Prizes

DEADLINE EXTENSION TO MIDDAY, WEDNESDAY 21st JUNE.

The Dr Greg Wells Essay Prize. The Dr Greg Wells prize will be awarded for the two best University of Warwick undergraduate essays or dissertations in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. One prize is for Warwick undergraduates at intermediate-year level and one at final-year level, both of £75 each. Tutors and examiners will be invited to nominate candidates who have written first-class essays or dissertations for relevant undergraduate modules in the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (broadly defined, but normally concerning primary sources from the pre-1650 period). Awards will be announced and given out at a suitable function during the Summer Graduation ceremony period. Deadline for 2017 is Wednesday 14th June. Full terms & conditions here.

The Curriers’ Company London History Essay Prize - essays must fall within the scope of The London Journal; they may be on any aspect of the history of London, from the Romans to the present day, reflect any relevant approach or disciplinary perspective, and can consider London alone or in comparison with other cities. Open to postgraduate students registered at UK universities, and to early career scholars based in the UK; essays must be based on original research, and should not have been previously published. Maximum award: £1,000. Closing date: 31 Aug 17 (recurring).

Richard III Society and Yorkist History Trust Bursary - awarded for a dissertation or thesis on a topic within the 15th and/ or early 16th century that is of relevance to the research interests of the Richard III Society and the Yorkist History Trust. Amount awarded, £1,000.

Sir John Neale Prize in Tudor History - awarded annually to a historian in the early stages of his or her career. Entries should take the form of essays of no more than 8,000 words (including footnotes) on a theme related to Tudor history

SHARP - The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing - The editors of Book History annually award a graduate student essay prize consisting of $400 and publication in the journal to the author of the best article submitted on any aspect of book history. The deadline for submission for each editorial year is 31 August. More details

The Society for the History of Discoveries (pre-doctoral essay prize): essays must relate to 'the topics embraced by the Society's name: the history of discoveries. Essays may deal with voyages, travels, biography, history, cartography, techniques and technology, or other aspects of discovery.'

The Royal Institute of Philosophy and Cambridge University Press annual Philosophy essay prize

International Society for Intellectual History (Charles Schmitt Prize).

The British Society for the History of Philosophy  Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize.

The Society for Italian Studies (Rooke Prize) - postgraduate essay prize

The Association for Low Countries Studies in Great Britain and Ireland - PG essay prize


Medium Ævum Essay Prize. The competition is run annually, with postgraduates and those recently graduated with a higher degree invited to submit an essay on a topic that falls within the range of the interests of Medium Ævum in the medieval period (up to c. 1500). The annual deadline for submissions for the Essay Prize is 1st December of the preceding year.

Prizes for scholarly research - other institutions award prizes which may include postgraduate entries of eminent quality: