The Royal Historical Society awards a number of prizes each year to recognise outstanding historical scholarship and achievement. The awards celebrate everything from the best performance by an ‘A’ level student to the best first book by an early career researcher.
RHS Awards 2020
Watch videos of all our 2020 Whitfield and Gladstone Prize shortlisted authors discuss their books on the RHS blog.
The winners of all the 2020 RHS Publication, Fellowship and Teaching Awards, as well as our joint awards with the Institute of Historical Research, will be announced in a virtual online ceremony which will go live at 4.30pm on Wednesday 22nd July.
Full citations and details of all the winners are available here.
RHS Annual Awards
- Gladstone Prize. An annual Prize of £1,000 for a work of history on a topic not primarily related to British history that is the author’s first sole book publication.
- Whitfield Book Prize. An annual Prize of £1,000 for a work on British or Irish history that is the author’s first sole book publication.
- Alexander Prize. An annual Prize of £250 for an essay or article 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.
- David Berry Prize. An annual Prize of £250 for the best published or unpublished essay addressing an aspect of Scottish history.
- Rees Davies Prize. An annual Prize of £250 for an outstanding Master’s dissertation submitted by a UK institution of Higher Education. Winners may be invited to submit an article based on the dissertation to be considered for publication in Transactions of the RHS.
- Frampton & Beazley Prizes – an annual award of £100 for the best performance in the History A-Level and Advanced Higher examinations of each of the examining boards in the United Kingdom.
- German History Society Prize. An annual Prize of £500 awarded in partnership with the German History Society, for an essay on any aspect of German history, including the history of German-speaking people both within and beyond Europe. Winners may be considered for publication in the journal German History.
- The Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History. An annual award of £1,000 usually to an individual historian.
- The Royal Historical Society Innovation in Teaching Award. An annual award of £1,000, either to an individual or to a group of historians working in collaboration.
- The Royal Historical Society History Today Prize. Jointly sponsored with History Today, for the best undergraduate final-year dissertation. Prize of £250 and consideration for publication in a future issue of the magazine.
- The Royal Historical Society History Scotland Prize. Jointly sponsored by the Society and History Scotland, for an undergraduate dissertation on any aspect of Scottish history. Prize of £250 and consideration for publication in a future issue of the magazine.
Public History PrizeInaugurated in 2015 in partnership with the HA and IHR, the Public History Prize recognises work that promotes public understanding of history and communicates a critical understanding of the past.
Teaching PrizesFrom 2019 the Royal Historical Society will be awarding two prizes of £1000 for the teaching of History at Universities in the UK: the Innovation award, and the Inspirational Teaching and Supervision Award.
Gladstone PrizeThe Gladstone prize offers an annual award of £1000 for a first monograph not primarily on British history.
RHS History Today PrizeThe RHS History Today prize rewards high-quality undergraduate dissertations.
David Berry PrizeThe David Berry prize is for the best essay on Scottish history. The value of the prize is £250.
German History Society PrizeThis prize is for an essay on any aspect of German history, including all German-speaking people.