Applications now invited for the 2024 RHS Alexander Prize

20 October 2023

The Royal Historical Society’s Alexander Prize is awarded for an article or chapter based on original historical research, by a doctoral candidate or those recently awarded their doctorate, published in a journal or an edited collection of essays.

Applications are now invited, from those meeting the following criteria, for the 2024 Alexander Prize before the closing date of 31 December 2023.

  • Candidates must be doctoral students in a historical subject in a UK institution, or be within two years of having a submitted a corrected thesis in a historical subject in a UK institution at the time of the closing date for entries.
  • The article or essay must have been published in a journal or edited collection during the calendar year 2023 (for the 2024 prize round). Advanced access publisher versions are also eligible, but an item cannot be entered more than once in subsequent years
  • An electronic copy of the publisher’s version the article or essay will need to be uploaded to the entry form.

All submissions are via the RHS Prize Applications Portal.

Winners of the 2024 Alexander Prize will receive £250. Please see here for more on the Prize, which was first awarded by the Society in 1898.

RHS first book prizes, 2024

In addition to the Alexander Prize, books are now being received for the Society’s Whitfield and Gladstone Book Prizes. The 2024 Whitfield Prize is for a first monograph, published in 2023, on the subject of British and Irish History. The 2024 Gladstone Prize is for a first monograph, published in 2023, on a subject other than British and Irish History.

Submissions for the RHS Book Prizes, 2024 are by publishers only. Eligible authors should contact their publishers if they would like their book to be submitted for the 2024 prizes. All submissions should be made by the publisher via the RHS Prize Applications Portal.

The closing date for submissions of books for the 2024 Whitfield and Gladstone Prizes is 31 December 2023.

If you have any questions about the RHS Prizes, please contact